Gender in Science

If you’re new to interrogating the impacts of gender in a community, check out the Life Science Cafe. We recently invited our first anthropologist into these community chats: Dr. Elias Capello (video recording of their talk to be uploaded shortly).

For a free-form workshop to rethink gender in science, check out the following resources from the Socially Just Science collective Gender Justice in Science workshop. Many of these sources must be consumed with a critical eye toward their binary view. There is still much work to be done to bring non-binary individuals into the conversation, but this is a place to start. To increase representation and inclusion of non-binary scientists, add your name to this petition.

Module 1: Language and Frameworks of Gender Oppression

As you read “Breaking through the Binary,” you might find it helpful to complete the Genderbread Person activity. 

Module 2: Historical Contexts of Gender Oppression in Science

Try to place your work (and the sources you cite that have led to your research) within the four I’s of oppression venn diagram.

Module 3: Contemporary Gender Oppression in Science Environments

Complete this worksheet on Making STEM research more gender-just.

To report sexual harassment at UMass Amherst, contact the Ombuds Office or Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policies (UMass). Katelyn Dreyer in the Dean of Students Office works specifically with graduate students and can provide support to you and your students when navigating difficulties. Use the support request link unless it is an emergency.

For mental health, clinical support, counseling, and assessment services (many local to the Western MA area) look through the following resources:

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