Read about diversity and inclusion perspectives relating to the Expanding Potential program. If you want to share your thoughts or experiences, please email Shaila Kotadia, Synberc's Education, Outreach, and Diversity Manager and Expanding Potential co-organizer.
The Expanding Potential program was originally started by Shaila Kotadia, Synberc's Education, Outreach, and Diversity Manager, and Sabriya Rosemond, Synberc's first Diversity Fellow, to expand Synberc's diversity efforts and to consider diversity and inclusion when building the fabric of the Synberc, synthetic biology, and the larger STEM community.
- Diversity at Synberc (Shaila Kotadia, Sabriya Rosemond)
The first Expanding Potential Workshop took place in November of 2014.
- A recap of the workshop was published in ASBMB Today: Advocating for equity in STEM (Shaila Kotadia, Sabriya Rosemond)
- Attendee Julia Chang wrote an opinion piece commenting on the workshop: Reflections on “Expanding Potential Women in STEM” workshop (Julia Chang)
- Attendee Alyssa Rosenbloom wrote about her experiences and how the workshop allowed her to take actions for gender equality: Taking Action, Making Change (Alyssa Rosenbloom)
- The event was also captured through tweets from attendees: Expanding Potential Storify (Shaila Kotadia)
- An assessment of the workshop: Analysis of feedback from the Expanding Potential 2014 Workshop and resulting changes (Shaila Kotadia)
The first Expanding Potential Meet Up took place in June of 2015.
- A recap of the meet up: Exploring inclusive programs and gender norms in STEM (Shaila Kotadia)
The second Expanding Potential Workshop took place in January of 2016.
- A summary and analysis of the workshop: Expanding Potential 2016 Workshop Summary and Analysis (Shaila Kotadia)
- Attendees wrote pieces to reflect on their experience and taking action after the workshop:
- 2016 Expanding Potential Workshop - Ripple Effects (Monica Albe)
- Harnessing the empowerment and action of Expanding Potential (Linet Mera)
- One individual can make a differnce (Rebecca Hartman-Baker)
- Unspoken Bruises (Natalia Rodriguez)
The 2015-6 Expanding Potential Seed Project Awards were completed in March of 2016.
- The awardees are a new cohort of leaders in diversity and inclusion program development: Overview: Expanding Potential Seed Project Award Program (Shaila Kotadia)
The second Expanding Potential Meet Up took place in March of 2016.
- A recap of the meet up: Using bystander intervention to address bias in the STEM Workplace (Shaila Kotadia)
The third Expanding Potential Meet Up took place in April of 2016.
- A recap of the meet up: Trans*: Gender identity inclusion (Shaila Kotadia)