Caltech Center for Diversity


Join the Center for Diversity in celebrating Semana Latina beginning May 9th!  This year's theme is "Las Ciencias de La Vida!"

We hope to see you some of the great events this week! 
This Week @ CCD!
Upcoming Events
Community Events


Monday, May 9:
Semana Latina: Movie Night – Spare Parts
7-10pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
Tuesday, May 10:
12-1pm, CCD Women’s Lounge 265A

12-1pm, LGBTQ Lounge 255
Wednesday, May 11:
Semana Latina:  Dancers Capoeira
Red Door Mall
Thursday, May 12:
12-1pm, CCD Conference Room 257

UG Women’s Lunch
12-1pm, CCD Women’s Lounge 265A
Friday, May 13:
Semana Latina:  Keynote, Professor Rudolfo Mendoza-Denton, Ph.D.
12-1pm, Avery Library
This Week @ CCD!

Mon., May 9, Semana Latina: Movie Night – Spare Parts, 7-10PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
Please join the members of the Caltech Latino Association of Scientists and Engineers (CLASES) and Club Latino for a viewing of a movie (based on a true story) about a group of innovative teens from different backgrounds who team up to compete in a robotics competition against some of the top student teams in the US. 

Tue., May 10, 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., May 10, 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., May 11, Semana Latina:  Dancers Capoeira, 12-1PM, Red Door Mall
Please come and join the members of Club Latino and CLASES for an exhibition and lessons on the mall outside of the Red Door.  Capoeira (/ˌkæpuːˈɛərə/; Portuguese pronunciation: [kapuˈejɾɐ]) is a Brazilian martial art originating in Angola, that combines elements of dance, [1][2][3] acrobatics[4] and music, and is usually referred to as a game. The most widely accepted origin of the word capoeira comes from the Tupi words ka'a ("jungle") e pûer ("it was"), referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where fugitive slaves would hide. Practitioners of the art are called capoeiristas.  It was developed in Brazil mainly by West African descendants with native Brazilian influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. It is known for quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques.  (source: 
Thu., May 12, 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., May. 12, Undergrad Women’s Lunch, 12-1PM, CCD Women’s Lounge 265A
This is the regular lunch meeting for Graduate Women to discuss topics pertinent to their academic, professional and personal lives.  Lunch Provided. Contact Erin-Kate Escobar
Fri., May 13, Semana Latina: Keynote Speaker Professor Rudolfo Mendoza-Denton, Ph.D., 12-1PM, Avery Library   

Please join the Caltech Community for a talk and discussion on how ambiguity can increase the potential for bias in higher education.  Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is a Richard & Rhoda Goldman Professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, and co-director of the UCB's Relationships and Social Cognition Laboratory. He studies prejudice, stigma, intergroup relations, cross-race-friendships and cultural psychology. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and his B.A. from Yale University. He is also the author of the book entitled “Are We Born Racist?

*On May 13, 2016 during the Semana Latina Keynote, the members of CLASES and Club Latino will raffle off 2 tickets to the June 4th soccer match between Brazil and Ecuador.  You must be present at the drawing to win.    Winners must secure their own transportation to and from the Rose Bowl Stadium on June 4, 2016.

The soccer tournament of the century: 100 years of history, 10 stadiums with 50,000 or more fans, 16 teams, 32 matches, one chance for greatness.”
“When observers describe Copa América Centenario as the arguably biggest men's soccer event to be played in the United States since 1994, the only controversial part of that statement is the "arguably."  There's no debate.
This summer is a celebration and a continental clash bringing South American superpowers of CONMEBOL like Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia and the game's biggest names to the United States. Here the class of CONCACAF awaits ready to host for the first time. 

Coming Soon @ CCD!

Join the Feminist Club, Caltech Center for Diversity and Student Affairs for a lunch hour with Maria Klawe Tuesday May 17th 12-1pm  Please RSVP requested but not required here:

Between running intricate laboratory experiments, simulating complex physical systems, and doing or grading problem sets, Techers are busy people that often find themselves with little time to devote to increasing gender diversity in STEM fields. So is Dr. Maria Klawe, renowned mathematician, computer scientist, and the fifth president of Harvey Mudd College. Yet between all her other jobs, she is also a national leader in promoting women’s participation in STEM fields. Join us as Dr. Klawe speaks about how she manages to balance her numerous academic commitments with her efforts to bridge the gender gap in engineering and computer science, and how you can strive to do the same.
Lunch Included for the first 50 people.
Thursday May 19th 12-1pm Caltech Center for Diversity 2nd Floor Common Area
RSVP requested but not required here
All are welcome to come to a lunch time discussion with Fertility Specialist and Medical Director of IVF Aykut Bayrak, M.D. Dr. Bayrak is the founder and the medical director of LA IVF clinic and one of the highly regarded fertility specialists in the country.  Dr. Bayrak’s clinical expertise includes treating “unexplained infertility” cases, decreased ovarian (egg) reserve, advanced reproductive age, complex infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, laparoscopic pelvic surgery, third party reproduction (egg/sperm donation and surrogacy), egg freezing and ovulation disorders (i.e. hyperprolactinemia, polycystic ovary syndrome - PCOS). His most recent clinical interests include application of CGH technology (Comparative Genomic Hybridization) into IVF practice and fertility preservation using egg freezing (Oocyte Vitrification).
*Dr. Bayrak is serving in his personal capacity. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Caltech Center for Diversity or California Institute of Technology 

Semana Latina 2016
Theme:  “Las Ciencias de la Vida”
Please RSVP:
Raffle for 2 tickets to
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 07:00 PM
Copa America Centenario
Brazil v. Ecuador (Group B)
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Black Ladies Association of Caltech (BLAC)
Alumni Homecoming Luncheon
Saturday May 21, 2016
12 Noon- 2:00PM
Caltech Alumni House
Please Join Us
If you are an Alum who is unable to attend, please send a short (1-2 minute) video of yourself.
Tell us, who you are, when you graduated and a memory of your time at Caltech.  Please send your short video to


Community Announcements

On Tuesday, May 17th, Caltech will have Dr. Marco Molinaro, Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness at from UC Davis, is speaking at noon in Annenberg 105 (see flier below) Dr. Molinaro has developed a fascinating and useful suite of tools for visualizing student data and probing the quantitative impacts of science, engineering, and mathematics education.


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