Level 2 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 2 Safe Zone online workshop describes the concepts and implications of privilege and bias, discusses the climate for LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM and ways that allies can support LGBTQ+ students and colleagues, and explores techniques for creating inclusive classroom environments.

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


Tony Butterfield

Dr. Anthony Butterfield is a Professor (Lecturer) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah, where he has taught for over a decade. As teaching faculty, Dr. Butterfield’s research has focused on engineering education, centering around project-based active learning and makerspaces, particularly as applied to first-year students; retention of underrepresented groups; and STEM community outreach and citizen scientist efforts. Dr. Butterfield has received multiple teaching awards from the department up to the national level, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) 2017 Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering Education and NOGLSTP’s GLBT Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Butterflied is the past-chair of the American Society of Engineering Educators’ Chemical Engineering Division. He is also the chair for the AIChE Societal Impact Operating Counsel, and the founding chair of AIChE’s LGBTQ+ & Allies Initiative.

Camilo A. Duarte-Cordon

Camilo A. Duarte-Cordon, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. His research focuses on using computational modeling to understand and predict the mechanical response of materials subjected to extreme loading conditions. Camilo obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He's originally from Colombia, receiving his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Colombia, in Bogota. He plans to pursue a career in academia where he can work on research in computational mechanics and engineering education, as well as on projects and initiatives to support underrepresented communities in STEM.

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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."