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Plan to Attend a DEI Round Table

Friday, October 14 - 5:30-6:30pm
Empowerment Roundtable for Advancement of Gender Equity
Organized by Hiromi Yanagisawa, University of Tsukuba; Elena Aikawa, Brigham & Women's Hospital and Masuko Ushio-Fukai, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
We are approaching the 3rd year of a global pandemic, which negatively impacted the health system and economy worldwide. During the pandemic, women in STEM have been affected unevenly by paid workload, budgetary restraint, and overall household responsibilities. Therefore, strong institutional support is crucial to maintain STEM women’s career development achieved prior to the pandemic era. In this roundtable discussion, our guest speaker, Dr. Karina Yaniv, who has pioneered the “advancing women in science” movement at the Weizmann Institute of Science, will share her experience and insights on supporting the career of women scientists systematically.  Her presentation will be followed by an open discussion to identify the needs and exchange ideas for better solutions on how to improve women’s careers in academic medicine.

Saturday, October 15 - 7:15-8:00am
Overcoming Systemic Barriers of Science: Academic Journeys and Unique Challenges Faced by Underrepresented Groups
Organized by Mitzy Cowdin, UT Southwestern and Lisandra Vila Ellis, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Science is a greatly evolving field that requires many diverse minds. Systemic barriers set in place have been difficult to overcome by many groups, in particular under-represented groups. These individuals face many challenges, from dealing with racism, to microaggressions in the workplace. This roundtable will include panelists that will discuss how they've overcome unique challenges faced by those from underrepresented groups. We'll then open up the floor for an open discussion about how to overcome the barriers faced in science.  Members of the panel include Cynthia St. Hilaire, University of Pittsburgh; Mete Civelek, University of Virginia; Gissette Reyes-Soffer, Columbia University Medical Center.
This session will be focused on trainees, but all are welcome to attend.