Level 1 Safe Zone Ally Training Workshop | AIChE

Safe Zone Ally Training workshops are interactive, research-informed workshops that seek to foster a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM, through building participant knowledge and skills and creating a visible network of allies. Faculty, students, administrators, staff, and other professionals are welcome to participate in these workshops. 

This Level 1 Safe Zone online workshop describes key LGBTQ+ terminology and concepts, explores LGBTQ+ identity development and the coming out process, and offers simple strategies for being an ally and building an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals.

ASEE Safe Zone Ally Training workshops are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Grant Nos. EEC-1539140 and EEC-1748499. 

This webinar is presented in partnership with ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) and as part of AIChE's Diversity & Inclusion initiative, which includes an initiative for LGBTQ+ Engineers and their allies


Tiago Forin

Tiago Forin (he/him/his) is a lecturer at Rowan University's Experiential Engineering Education department. He is also the project manager for the RevED research team under the NSF RED grant. He has been a member of the Virtual Community of Practice as a Safe Zone Facilitator since its beginning. He is a graduate of Florida State University and Purdue University focusing on Civil and Environmental engineering.

Stephen Podowitz-Thomas

Stephen Podowitz-Thomas (he/him) is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and is a materials engineer by training. Stephen is co-author of an autoethnographic chapter on queer parents in STEM academia in Queering STEM Culture in U.S. Higher Education. Stephen’s research focuses on the experiences of neurodivergent undergraduate students in STEM and novel materials for more environmentally-friendly technologies.

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Are you an LGBTQ+ chemical engineer and AIChE member interested in sharing your story to help create awareness around diversity and inclusion? Are you an LGBTQ+ ally interested in helping with diversity and inclusion efforts? Send us a note at chenected@aiche.org with the subject "Diversity and Inclusion."