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    Chapter Meeting - Exploring Intersectionality as a Tool to Advance Inclusion and Excellence in Diversity Award

    Date: November 21, 2019, 11:30am
    Gloria Thomas
    Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge
    $0.00 for Members / $30 for Non-Members
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    Exploring Intersectionality as a Tool to Advance Inclusion

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    Diversity and inclusion are recognized broadly as critical elements for success in any work environment. The intersectionality framework examines overlapping identities and experiences and provides a lens through which we can advance our understanding, acceptance, and appreciation for differences between diverse people and provide an inclusive work environment. As a case study, the “double bind” for women of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields will be used to prompt thought and discussion. Participants will engage with others to consider intersections in their respective enterprises that remain overlooked along with the implications of not digging deeper. 

    Participants will be able to explain the basic principle of the intersectionality framework, identify an intersection relevant within their work environment, and explore the next steps in developing a more inclusive environment.

    Dr. Gloria Thomas received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Southern University and A&M College, where she held scholarships from the Timbuktu Academy, the Honors College, and the Packard Foundation. She held several internships and also worked in the chemical industry for a brief period before earning a doctorate in chemistry at LSU as a Louisiana Board of Regents Fellow and an American Association of University Women Fellow. Thomas was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University and Xavier University of Louisiana. She returned to LSU as Executive Director of Research, Education and Mentoring Programs in the Office of Strategic Initiatives before joining the Center for Academic Success.

    Thomas’ academic training and faculty appointments have occurred across a wide variety of educational institutions, including Very High Research Activity institutions (as classified by the Carnegie Foundation), Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), and both public and a small liberal arts and Catholic institution. Thomas also holds a post-graduate certificate in academic leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. These experiences have provided her a broad view of higher education, diverse student populations, emerging trends in higher education, and organizational effectiveness.

    Dr. Thomas is passionate about empowering students, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and diversity and inclusion. For her efforts in these areas, she received the 2014 Excellence in Mentoring Award, the 2010 Henry McBay Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2008 Outstanding Service Award, all from the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. She also earned the 2007 Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences from the American Chemical Society.