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Thursday, January 31 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Broadening the Participation of Diverse Populations in Online Science

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Online minority science writers, i.e. historically from African-, Hispanic-, and Native-American communities, are small in number reflecting their underrepresentation in the STEM pipeline. Broadening the participation of these groups involves mentoring and training activities which can make the STEM disciplines more welcoming to all. Diversity discussions today also recognize the needs of the disabled, LGBT, veteran, female, and other populations outnumbered in majority institutions. This session will bring together minorities, allies, and stakeholders who are interested in using online tools to diversify both the sciences and science communication.

- Submit to Diversity in Science Blog Carnivals to participate in the discussion for the #scio13 diversity session http://is.gd/DiScarnival
- Can online activities encourage underrepresented minorities to consider science education & careers?
- Can diverse science bloggers serve as online role models for minority readers?
- In science diversity, do we pay enough attention to other groups beyond ethnicity such as the disabled, LGBT, & veteran communities?
- How are you using your online communications skills to engage wider audiences in STEM?
- How does the unusual digital divide affect your science communication or outreach? e.g mobile tech used more by minority groups
- How can non-minority allies encourage minority students in the sciences? Is credibility necessary for mentoring minorities in the sciences?
- What are the challenges for scientist-bloggers from underrepresented groups?
- Can minority science bloggers inform & educate the reporting by minority bloggers & news sources in health & tech areas?
- How can ally science bloggers connect with more diverse audiences and build live & online alliances?

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Alberto Roca

Executive Director, DiverseScholar
Dr. Roca is Executive Director of the non-profit, DiverseScholar, a project of Community Partners. Dr. Roca is a first-generation Peruvian-American born in Houston, Texas; and, he received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Roca was a President's... Read More →

Thursday January 31, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Room 4

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