Special Sessions

Can We Talk: A Documentary and Facilitated Conversation on the Academic, Emotional, Social, Political, and Cultural, Hurdles to STEM Fields for People of Color

Endorsed by: American Geophysical Union; Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geology and Society Division

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 8–10 a.m. EDT, GSA e-Attend Platform, Auditorium

Chairs: M. Brandon Jones, mbjones@nsf.gov; and Kendall Moore, kendallmoore@uri.edu

The documentary "Can We Talk: Difficult Conversations with Underrepresented People of Color in STEM" captures the unique socio-emotional experiences of students/faculty of color who are pursuing, in, and/or have left, STEM fields. Through a viewing and facilitated panel discussion of the film, this Pardee session will challenge attendees to reflect on their own journey through STEM, and to examine how "belonging" or lack thereof played a significant role.