Thanks to the generous supporters of the AIChE Annual Fund and Doing a World of Good campaign, the AIChE Foundation sponsored the following events at the 2018 Spring Meeting in Orlando. Help celebrate and advance inclusiveness by attending societal impact sessions at this year's spring meeting.
Chem.E's with Disabilities + Allies Reception and Forum
Monday, April 23, 2018, 6:00pm-7:00pm EDT, Orlando World Center Marriott, Grand Ballroom 3
AIChE will be hosting a Chem.E's with Disabilities + Allies Reception and Forum to raise awareness within the AIChE community about the needs and contributions of people with disabilities and AIChE members in particular. In addition, how best to extend the Institute's inclusion efforts to members with disabilities with specific actions and programs will be discussed.
Workshop: Understanding Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, co-sponsored by AIChE Women's Initiatives Committee (WIC) and AIChE Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EDT, Orlando World Center Marriott, Miami Room
Unconscious bias (or implicit bias) refers to unconscious beliefs or stereotypes that influence our actions and decisions when interacting with other people. The participants of this active-learning workshop will learn the concept of unconscious bias, examine resources on how to identify their own biases, raise awareness of how unconscious biases work, and how they can influence interactions in the workplace.
Panel Discussion: Real Stories of Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, co-sponsored by AIChE Women's Initiatives Committee (WIC) and AIChE Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM EDT, Orlando World Center Marriott, Miami Room
Unconscious bias (or implicit bias) refers to unconscious beliefs or stereotypes that influence our actions and decisions when interacting with other people. Come hear from professionals across the discipline share their perspectives on this important topic.
Disability Unity Community Convocation
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 1:30pm-3:00pm EDT, Orlando World Center Marriot, Los Angeles Room
The Disability Unity Community Convocation (DUCC) provides the AIChE community the opportunity to learn about the capabilities of its members with a history of a disability. Among the least-known attributes of those who have experience adapting to and often recovering from a condition which limits one or more major life activities is that besides demonstrating resilience and flexibility they also often acquire new skills based on those adaptations. There are plenty of reasons to more fully include professionals with such rare abilities into all corners of the chemical engineering profession. This particular DUCC session -- the first at an AIChE Spring Meeting -- deals with employment issues such as recruitment, retention, and re-entry related to professionals with a disability in the past or present.