BlackInChem, an organization of Black individuals working and studying chemistry, will host the second annual Black Chemists Week Sunday, August 8 to Saturday, August 14, 2021. The free, virtual meeting will feature more than 20 speakers and moderators, a virtual Twitter poster session for chemists to disseminate their work, and will culminate with an empowering “Day of Action”.
While Black peoples’ retention in the chemistry space has been low, especially within the “academic pipeline”, the BlackChemistsWeek program explores complex and timely issues from recruitment and retention of people of color in the sciences, chemical education research, and alternative careers.
To register for the events and view the full agenda click here. To join the conversation on social media, follow @BlackInChem on Twitter, @Black_In_Chem on Instagram and use the hashtags #BlackChemistsWeek and #InMyElement.
The grassroots organization BlackInChem was founded as a response to the 2020 events that erupted a reckoning regarding the many of the ways Black people are denied access to opportunity and systemically subjected to discrimination. Since then, BlackInChem has worked towards addressing this issue by creating a community and amplifying the work of Black chemists. BlackInChem recently won the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Inclusion and Diversity Prize for their work. The 2020 inaugural event series ran from August 10 – 15, 2020, using the #BlackChemistsWeek hashtag on Twitter. Read the meeting report in Nature to read about the 2020 event.
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