We had a journal article picked out for November’s discussion. We had the introduction written.
Then, you know, the election happened.
We got a bit sidetracked. Given that the good Doctor and Ian can’t make our discussion time anyway, I decided I’m changing things.
I believe that this is a wake-up call for us on so many levels, in so many ways. I believe we can use our legitimate fear and anxiety and anger for good. I believe we need time and space to process and understand what happened.
I believe we need each other for all of these things.
Our next DiversityJC discussion (under #DiversityJC) is next Friday, 18 November at 2pm Eastern Time. To focus, I welcome dialogue on
- What we think happened to bring about the outcome (we’re scientists, so bring your evidence please),
- Our fears specifically for diversity in STEM fields, and
- What we plan to do about both avoiding #1 in the future, and to address #2.
I know this is basically open-ended, and I do agree with Ian when he said getting back to focused discussions about diversity and inclusion are important for moving forward, but indulge me. If nothing else, I’ll be using the time to really focus in on my own thoughts. By myself. Also cool with that.
Take care, take care of each other, and be safe.