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!
Women's History Month
We are celebrating Women's month and have an exciting schedule of events and programs.
This Week @ CCD!
Upcoming Events
Community Events
Quick Peek

Monday, March 28:


Tuesday, March 29:


Wednay, March 30:


Thursday, March 31:

Grad Chat
12-1pm, CCD Conference Room 257

Friday, April 1:

12-1pm, LGBTQ Lounge


12-1pm, CCD Conference Rm 257


Women Mentoring Women: Coffee with Alumni Lauren Montemayor
3pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common


Saturday, April 2:

6:30pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area

This Week @ CCD!

Thu, Mar 31, 2016, Grad Chat, 12-1 p.m., 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.

Fri., Apr. 1, LGBTQ Grad, 12-1 p.m., LGBTQ Lounge

This is a regular meeting for members of this community.  Contact Taso Dimitriadis.  Lunch will be provided.

Fri., Apr. 1, Club Latino, 12-1pm, CCD Conference Room 257

Club Latino’s main purpose and objective is to serve as a support group by building a unified community of graduate students of Latin/Spanish descent. In addition, we aspire to increase the enrollment numbers of the Latino/Hispanic community through outreach. We will also collaborate to promote understanding of the social and cultural barriers faced by Latinos and enrich the broader community with our diverse culture. Open to graduate students with Latino and Spanish descent or those interested in exploring Latino culture. Lunch provided. Contact Eva Graham.

Fri., Apr. 1, SHPE/CLASES, 12-1pm, CCD Conference Room 257

For more information on how to get involved with the Caltech Latino Association for Science and Engineering Students Contact Eva Graham.

Fri., Apr. 1, BSCIT/NSBE/BLAC, 12-1pm, CCD Conference Room 257

For more information on the campus organization linked to the National Society for Black Engineers Contact Eva Graham.

Fri., Apr 1,  WMW: Coffee with Alum Lauren Montemayor, 3pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area enjoy coffee and afternoon treats Come while chatting with Lauren who works in research and development of extreme environment compatible electronics and sensors at the Microdevices Lab at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  She completed her PhD in aerospace engineering from Caltech in 2015 and studied mechanics of nanoscale architected materials with Prof. Julia Greer.  She was also very involved with the alpine club and women mentoring women program during her time at Caltech.  In her free time, she hangs out with her dog Tima and enjoys hiking and yoga.

Sat., Apr. 2, Dinner and a Movie Code Girl screening, 6:30pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area

school-aged girls from around the world as they try to better their community through technology and collaboration in this thrilling, heartfelt documentary. By 2017, the app market will be valued at $77 Billion. Over 80% of these developers are male. The Technovation Challenge aims to change that by empowering girls worldwide to develop apps for an international competition. From rural Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, CODEGIRL follows teams who dream of holding their own in the world’s fastest-growing industry. The winning team receives $10K to complete and release their app, but every girl discovers something valuable along the way.

Community Announcements

TUESDAY March 29 2016, 11 AM-NOON

Panel: Creating an Organization Where Both Men and Women can Thrive

Located at: JPL’s Von Karman Auditorium, 29 March 2016, 11 AM-NOON
            (Bus transportation being arranged)
As more women are entering areas long dominated by men, organizations should have an interest in providing an environment where both genders can best contribute to their success. The panel will explore:
  • effective mentoring and sponsorship
  • team dynamics and communication
  • leadership styles, and
  • generational trends.
Dr. Susan Murphy, Author and Management Consultant
Prof. Beverley McKeon, GALCIT Associate Director
Dr. Robert Pappalardo, EUROPA Project Scientist, JPL
Dr. Serina Diniega, Scientist/System Engineer, JPL
Dr. Cinzia Zuffada, Associate Chief Scientist, JPL


The Pasadena branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is organizing a Science Day at PCC (Pasadena City College) for 7th/8th grade girls on Saturday, April 9th. The event is to encourage girls’ interest in STEM fields, and will involve several hands-on workshops for the girls throughout the morning.

We are looking for volunteers to chaperone and/or help with workshops. We are expecting approximately 120 participants ages ~12-14. 
Volunteers are needed for morning (8a-12p), afternoon (12p-4p) or all day (8a-4p) time slots to chaperone, help girls in workshops, and/or help presenters during workshops.
If you are interested in helping out, please sign up at
 If you have any questions, please contact me at


An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas - A discussion on undocumented issues in higher education at Pasadena City College on Monday, March 28, from 6 to 8 pm in Sexson Auditorium.


Jose Antonio Vargas is a Filipino American, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and media publisher whose work centers on advocating for undocumented immigrants. In June 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants as part of a follow-up cover story he wrote.

This event is open to the public and tickets are FREE, so please feel free to share with your networks! Tickets are available at




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