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In Light of Recent Events: What We Can Do

Between the disproportionate burden of the coronavirus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and the most recent murders of innocent Black Americans by police across the nation, the true scope and impact of racial inequality in the United States has become painfully and undeniably evident. 

A majority of Americans now recognize that in order to end the sanctioned murder of innocent Black Americans at the hands of the police, it is imperative not only to insist on dramatic police reformation, but to deliberately change the culture that has long permitted systemic racism to undermine and subdue BIPOC.

So what can we do as busy graduate students to actively effect lasting change? Individually, we can educate ourselves on the subject and work to deconstruct our own biases, conscious or otherwise, that continue to allow racism to persist in our society; as academics, we can further address the roots of racial inequalities by promoting the increased involvement of BIPOC in STEM disciplines.

One such opportunity involves becoming a National Summer Undergraduate Research Project (NSURP) mentor of microbial science for a BIPOC undergraduate student this upcoming July. If you apply now, you can make NSURP’s second window of month-long research projects taking place mid-July to mid-August. Projects will be done remotely this year because of COVID-19, and although this means traditional lab work will not be an option, it has created the unique opportunity to mentor a student regardless of their institution, city, or country!


Go to https://nsurp.org for more information on how to become a mentor.


May your thirst for knowledge never be quenched,



Resource suggestion made by Will Louie

Edited by Anna Feitzinger and Mikaela Louie

Be the change, speak up.

I often hear people’s reaction to people who speak up about different issues is “what’s that going to change?” It’s one of the most frustrating reactions to me, and you can hear those reactions across a wide range of issues from expressing concerns of inappropriate behaviors to national political issues. It is important to remember that speaking up about an issue is an essential first step to bring about change. I certainly understand that speaking up is not the best solution for every issue, but how many times do you refrain from speaking up out of fear? As for myself, fear is certainly the dominant reason that prevents me from speaking up in many of those appropriate situations.

This podcast episode from NPR’s Ted Radio Hour explores the different aspects of speaking up. It features the tremendous difficulties faced by climate scientist James Hansen when he speaks up about climate change, and social psychologist Adam Galinsky talking about the dilemma of speaking up and potential solutions. I hope this can inspire us all to speak up just a little bit more often to initiate that crucial first step for change. For those already doing so in those appropriate situations, I applaud you. 👏👏👏

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr.





Edited by Sydney Wyatt

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March for Science on April 14th!

This year’s March for Science is on April 14th. Here is a snippet from their website. “March for Science Sacramento is part of a global movement advocating for evidence-based policy. Last year, more than 10,000 people marched in Sacramento. Please join us on April 14th and show your support for open, inclusive, and accessible science as an essential part of our democracy. Be a catalyst for change! ” Maybe I will see you there?



For more information, Please visit http://www.marchforsciencesacramento.com/  .


This post is edited by Linda Ma.

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