LGBTQ+ & Allies Young Professionals Panel: Doing a World of Good

Topic: Career Development, Allyship and Visibility

In this Doing a World of Good Podcast, generously underwritten by Raj and Kamla Gupta, host Bob Knorpp speaks with the Young Professionals panel that spoke at the 2020 Virtual AIChE Annual Meeting.

The panelists include Dr. Scott Danielsen, a postdoc at Duke in Mechancial Engineering and Materials Science; Elizabeth Haughton, a Senior Engineer with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Austin S. Lin, past chair of the AIChE Management Division; Dr. Itzel Marquez, an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering and Technology at Central Michigan University; and Dr. Shelly Peyton, the Armstrong Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

There is important work happening as we collectively move towards equity, diversity and inclusion; and more specifically towards LGBTQ+ & Allies inclusivity, but there is still much more to be accomplished. The participants share their experiences as out LGBTQ+ individuals and allies working within industry and academia. They provide insights on the consequences of a lack of diversity in engineering and STEM, what allyship means, the value of mentorship, and the obligations of leaders. Additionally, we learn how AIChE is leading the charge through its LGBTQ+ & Allies Online Professional Community and LGBTQ+ & Allies Endowment, which aims to cultivate and foster a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment. Consequently how YPs and professionals can get involved to move this initiative forward. 

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Listen to AIChE-Doing a World of Good No. 30 with the LGBTQ+ & Allies Young Professionals Panel using the audio player below or subscribe below.