26th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Highlighting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect as Key Components of Chemistry and Engineering Curricula – Rapid-Fire Session

Symposium Organizers: Glenn Hurst, Associate Professor, York University; David A. Laviska, Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University, and; Michael Wentzel, Associate Professor, Augsburg University

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR) are among the core values of the American Chemical Society. Over the last several decades, we have seen dramatic evidence that scientific advancement across all specializations is enhanced by welcoming and encouraging the creativity of a diverse population of researchers, teachers, and students. This is especially true in green chemistry and engineering, since greener innovation necessarily invokes broader concerns of sustainability and stewardship of the environment on a global scale. The need for placing explicit value on DEIR in science is underlined by initiatives such as the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which require synergy among the diverse communities of our planet while attempting to address large-scale challenges.

This fast-paced and engaging symposium will provide educators of all levels (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate) with the opportunity to share their innovations and initiatives for highlighting issues relevant to diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) while incorporating green chemistry and engineering content in lecture, laboratory, and outreach. Speakers whose curricular innovations explicitly focus on the value of DEIR through the inclusion of concepts relevant to green chemistry, thinking in systems, design for sustainable use, stewardship of the environment, and/or global initiatives such as the SDGs are welcome. Other representative topics of interest include the use of renewable feedstocks, greener synthetic methods, function-based design, intended use/end-of-life considerations, and leveraging diversity among faculty collaborators or within the student population (classroom or laboratory). Contributions of these methods to improving safety or understanding toxicology would also be welcome. Preference will be given to abstracts describing initiatives directly or indirectly relevant to highlighting DEIR. The rapid-fire session format will allow presenters seven minutes (with optional use of three minutes for content or questions) to engage the audience with a snapshot of their work and prompt audience participation.

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