142 SAFE ZONE WORKSHOP & RECEPTION: Making AIChE and Our Workplaces Welcoming: A Diversity Initiative of the Societal Impact Operating Council

Tuesday, April 12, 2016: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
335C (Hilton Americas - Houston)

The environment at AIChE meetings-- and especially, the environment in our workplaces—are key influences on each engineer’s productivity and career development. Research shows that diverse organizations experience more learning, more creativity and develop better quality products and services. LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people often have a more negative perception of an organization’s climate than other engineers. Safe Zone ally training is an interactive workshop for the professional community in which participants build knowledge and skills to create a more inclusive and affirming environment for their LGBT colleagues. The workshop will help us better understand LGBT concepts, develop an awareness of our own biases, and learn how to reduce discrimination and the often unconscious expression of heterosexual privilege, while exploring aspects of engineering culture that act as barriers to the participation, visibility and equality of LGBT engineers. (Please note: This workshop offers an industrial perspective on the issue. A follow-up workshop at the Annual Meeting will focus on the academic environment.)

Liaison Functions
Stephanie Farrell Email: farrell@rowan.edu
Elizabeth Caldwell Walzel Email: ecwalzel@dow.com
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