Berkeley Lab is partnering with Synberc as a sponsor for their “Expanding Potential” workshop, which will be held on January 30-31, 2016 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at 105 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley. Since underrepresented groups in STEM face unique challenges when progressing through their career path, the Expanding Potential program would like to address this issue in two ways:
- By helping students and professionals recognize and understand social problems that may hinder progress of underrepresented groups
- By encouraging and supporting programs that change STEM cultures and increase inclusivity
The overall goal of this workshop is to bring participants together with program creators to understand ways in which groups experience bias and programmatic solutions for combating them. On Day 1, the workshop will focus on the experience of participants, how different underrepresented groups experience bias in very different ways, and provide some practical and personal strategies for overcoming them. On Day 2, attention will be focused on action-oriented programs to increase retention of underrepresented groups in STEM fields by cultivating a welcoming environment. Synberc will also share examples of how attendees can adopt these programs at their local institutions, companies, or organizations to generate a more inclusive landscape. The audience will also have time to share problems they’ve faced with program developers, in order to help developers and seed program creators respond to participants’ needs.
To register, please visit Synberc’s website.