Pride Alliance and BWIS Speaker Laurel Hiatt: "They/Them in STEM" 6/23
June 17, 2021
Laurel Hiatt (he/his, they/them), an MD/PhD student at the University of Utah School of Medicine, will talk about their experience as a transgender person in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields on Wednesday, June 23, at 3 p.m., via Zoom videoconference. All are invited. This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by BNL Pride Alliance and Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) in honor of Pride Month.
In this talk, “They/Them in STEM: Or How I (Sort of) Stopped Worrying and (More or Less) Learned to Love Being Out,” Hiatt will share aspects of their personal experiences in the STEM fields as a transgender individual, and discuss some of the disparities and prejudices that often permeate the academic and professional arenas for such individuals—and the data substantiating these experiences.
Hiatt will also present positive instances of mentorship and collegiate support with evidence-based best practices. Hiatt’s goal in giving this talk is to provide attendees with a greater sense of self advocacy, practical strategies to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) participants in STEM, and a greater sense of advocacy for individuals with different experiences.
As a nonbinary geneticist and physician scientist in training, Hiatt is passionate about the intersection of science and queer identity. They have worked on LGBTQ-inclusive curricular reform for professional training programs at the institutional, state, and national level, while also leading cross-national public health research and collaborating with scientific entities such as Marcus Autism Center and the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health. Laurel was recognized as the 2018 Georgia Truman Scholar for their advocacy work in trans health and disability justice; they intend to keep intersectionality as a priority while pursuing a career in precision medicine.
This Pride Month, BNL Pride Alliance and BWIS are pleased to partner in hosting this event as a way to affirm members of the community, educate allies, and work together in solidarity for safer and more equitable communities.
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