Reclaiming STEM Institute


We are pleased to bring the Reclaiming STEM Institute back to the Switzer Network, in a new format! This series of three, 90-minute, virtual workshops will explore self care, community building, science communications and leadership. 

It is FREE, open to Switzer Fellows of any discipline or career level, and includes instruction from amazing speakers including from within the Switzer Network. You are not required to attend all three sessions to participate. Recordings will be available to registered attendees.

Founded by Switzer Fellows, Reclaiming STEM is a community-building workshop open to scientists, science interpreters, science enthusiasts and science communicators from diverse backgrounds, especially for those from historically excluded groups including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities. 

Register here! This event is open to Switzer Fellows

This application is requested so that we can ensure a safe and inclusive space for all participants.

Preliminary Agenda

Sept. 20th (12:30 pm - 2 pm Pacific Time):

Self care: Setting intentions: Michelle Lewis

Main Session: 

Oct. 4th (12:30 pm - 2 pm PT):

Self care: Restorative yoga: Karen Díaz 

Breakout Sessions:

  • Restorative work: Conversations about the construct of whiteness Sarah Myrhe

  • Existing and Resisting: Navigating stem spaces Dominic Bednar

Oct. 18th (12:30 pm - 2 pm PT):

Self care: Breathing and Mindfulness: Meghna Marjadi 

Breakout Sessions:

Please contact Cora or Evelyn Valdez-Ward with any questions. 

We hope to see you there!

The most memorable thing I've learned from Reclaiming STEM is that we have the power to reimagine STEM if we decide to come together so that we can acheive the belonging, purpose, and joy in our STEM journey.

2021 Reclaiming STEM workshop participant