Caltech Center for Diversity
New Calendar on our Website!
The calendar on our website is new! You can toggle through different types of events on the sidebar, adjust the view on the top right (day/week/month/etc) to get the most up-to-date inforamtion on all of our events and programs. If you would like to add an event, please email us! Don't forget to check out the flyers at the end of this email as there are workshops and events advertised for staff, postdocs and faculty. 
Celebrate Gaypril at Caltech
The month of April is often referred to as ‘Gaypril’ here at Caltech as we celebrate the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Questioning and Allies (LBGTQA) community and help raise awareness of issues and experiences commonly shared by those who hold those identities. Join us for Safe Zone Training, lectures, a drag show, queer prom and more, check out our exciting schedule of events and programs.
This Week @ CCD!
Upcoming Events
Community Events
Quick Peek

Monday, April 11:
Happy Monday!

Tuesday, April 12:

12-1pm, CCD Women’s Lounge 265A

12-1pm, LGBTQ Lounge 255

Wednesday, April 13:
Undergrad Women’s Lunch &
Women Mentoring Women "Giving Feedback" w/
Karina Edmonds

12-1PM, CCD Conference Room 257 Lunch provided

Thursday, April 14:

Gaypril:  STEMinar with Dr. Michael Todd
12-1pm, CSS, 2nd Floor Common Area 

12-1pm, CCD Conference Room 257

SAAM:  Screening of The Hunting Ground
7:00pm, CSS, 2nd Floor Common Area

Friday, April 15:
12-1pm, LGBTQ Lounge 255

PreFrosh: Diversity at Caltech Student Panel & Mixer
2-2:50pm, CSS, 2nd Floor Common Area

PreFrosh Weekend LGBTQ/GSRM Social
7-10pm, CSS, 2nd Floor Common Area

This Week @ CCD!

Tue., Apr. 12, Married and Partnered Group, 12-1PM, CCD Room 265A
Be ready to discuss whatever is on your minds.  MPG meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month and is moderated by Jessica Foss. Lunch Provided. We invite your feedback here. 
Tue., Apr. 12, LGBTQ UG, 12-1PM, LGBTQ Lounge Room 255
This is a regular meeting for members of this community.  Contact Taso Dimitriadis.  Lunch will be provided

Wed., Apr. 13, WMW:  Karina Edmonds, 12-1PM, CCD Conference Room 257
Discussion Led by Karina Montilla Edmonds, PhD “Giving Feedback” will cover the range of; managing up, offering team-mates feedback, managing room-mate or friendship conflicts, and letting people know what your needs are. Come explore ways to have these conversations. RSVP here 

Wed., Apr. 13, Undergrad Women’s Lunch, 12-1PM,CCD Conference Room 257
Please join us for a conversation about “Giving Feedback” will cover the range of; managing up, offering team-mates feedback, managing room-mate or friendship conflicts, and letting people know what your needs are. Conversation will be led by Karina Edmonds. RSVP here Contact Erin-Kate Escobar
Thu., Apr. 14, Gaypril:  STEMinar with Dr. Michael Todd, 12-1PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common
Dr. Michael Todd received his B.S.E. (1992), M.S. (1993), and Ph.D. (1996) from Duke University's Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, where he was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. In 1996, he began as an A.S.E.E. post-doctoral fellow, then a staff research engineer (1998), and finally Section Head (2000) at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in the Fiber Optic Smart Structures Section. In 2003, he joined the Structural Engineering Department at the University of California San Diego, where he currently serves as Professor of Structural Engineering. To date, he has published over 300 journal articles and proceedings, 5 book chapters, and has 4 patents.
Dr. Todd also served on the Advisory Board of the UC San Diego LGBTQ Resource Center from 2004-2008 and the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues from 2005- 2006.
Lunch will be provided. RSVP strongly encouraged, not required:

Thu., Apr. 14, Grad Chat, 12-1PM, CCD Conference Room 257
This is a discussion facilitated by Dr. Maggie Ateia and open to URM identified graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This closed and confidential session provides a safe space to address issues of inclusion and equity. Lunch provided.  Contact Eva Graham.
Thu., Apr. 14, Sexual Assault Awareness Month:  Screening of The Hunting Ground, 7-9PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area - Discussion and Refreshments to follow an expose of rape crimes on college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.  The film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue—despite incredible push back, harassment, and traumatic aftermath—both their education and justice.
Fri., Apr. 15, LGBTQ Grad, 12-1PM, LGBTQ Lounge Room 255  
This is a regular meeting for members of this community.  Contact Taso Dimitriadis.  Lunch will be provided

Fri., Apr. 15, PreFrosh Weekend: LGBTQ/GSRM Social, 7-10PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area Ice Cream Bar.

Community Announcements


CPET Workshop - Getting the Biggest 'Bang for your Buck'
Teaching strategies for busy TAs
Dr. Jenn Weaver
Assistant Director of the CTLO, Caltech
Tuesday, April 12th
3:00PM-4:00PM, CTLO (Center for Student Services, 3rd Floor)

Teaching assistants are constantly juggling teaching, learning and research responsibilities. As with our research, we strive to be effective TAs within the many constraints on our time. This workshop is for both new and experienced TAs, and will address the best strategies to maximize efficiency, make a difference and have the biggest ‘bang for our buck’ when preparing for and fulfilling our teaching responsibilities.

Jennifer Weaver is the Assistant Director for Instructional Practice and Technology at Caltech’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach. She focuses on using active learning in the classroom, incorporating technology in teaching, and supporting Teaching Assistants on campus. Jenn is available for consultations with students and faculty on any teaching matter and can be reached at
If possible, please RSVP before the workshop by completing this short survey:

Health Promotions Office Presents Alcohol Awareness Month 2016

How to Help  a Friend     
                                                                      Wednesday, April 13th, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Lunch will be provided                                                                                                                Avery Library
This workshop will teach you the risks that alcohol can have on the body and how to help someone who is intoxicated, as well as how to recognize the symptoms of alcohol poisoning and how to respond. Presenter: Mark Stapf
Alcohol and Consent                                                                             Friday, April 15th 12:00pm-1:00pm                                                                                                                                                                                    CSS, Red Room
This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Alcohol Awareness Month.  These two topics of awareness are linked together by the concept of consent. In this workshop, we will address the relationship between alcohol and consent. If you are a member of an undergraduate house, attendance at this event will count towards your house’s participation in the completion of the “Burritos, Not Doritos”/ Title IX grant. 

The Studenski Award
Proposals Due Friday, April 15th by noon


Are you wondering about the next step in your life?  Have you reached a crossroad where you would benefit from an opportunity to explore?  Would a trip, an opportunity to volunteer with an organization, or a chance to try a new skill or interest this summer help you gain clarity?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Studenski Award might be for you. 


The Studenski Memorial Award is a grant of up to $6000 established in the memory of Paul Studenski, a Caltech student who was killed in an automobile accident while traveling across the United States in 1974.  It is awarded to a Caltech undergraduate who, having reached a crossroads in life, would benefit from a period away from the academic community to obtain a better understanding of self and to explore possible directions for the future.


Studenski proposals (1 to 2 pages maximum) are due Friday, April 15th by 12:00 noon to (in word format). 


Visit for proposal guidelines and sample proposals. 


For more information, contact Athena Castro  or Greg Fletcher or join us for dinner:


Optional Studenski Informational Dinner - Wednesday, April 6th 5:30 PM - Hosted by Tom Mannion at his house
RSVP by April 4th to


Caltech Y Advocating Change Together (ACT) Award
Proposals Due Monday, April 18th by noon


Got an issue or cause that warrants attention?  Explore the issue - by attending a conference, training, or workshop, or choosing to immerse yourself with a mentor or organization that is changing the world, then plan some programs on campus to educate us all.  Awardees can receive up to $4500 to cover expenses for their educational experience, including registration and program fees, travel, lodging, food, and incidentals.  Caltech Y activists determine the cause they will address, their educational experience, and the type of programs to organize. 


Tackle hunger and homelessness, immigration policy, poverty, education policy, science and public relations, science policy or whatever you choose - it's your opportunity to ACT!  The Caltech Y ACT Award, made possible with generous support of the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union, offers students an opportunity to pursue an interest in local, national, or world issues; service or advocacy. 


Applications are due by Monday, April 18th at noon.  Visit for applications and more information, and/or stop by the Caltech Y or contact us to learn more about this exciting opportunity!


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