Caltech Center for Diversity


Dish and Discuss 1: What is Social Justice? Please RSVP for lunch and an academic exploration of the topic.
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This Week @ CCD!
Upcoming Events
Community Events


Monday, October 3:

Happy Jewish New Year!

Tuesday, October 4:

Vice Presidential Debates

Wednesday, October 5:

Our First Dish & Discuss: Social Justice!
12-1pm Avery Dining
RSVP here

Thursday, September 29:

12-1pm, CCD Conference Room 257


Grad/Postdoc Women's Lunch
12-1 pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area


WMW: Info Session
5-6 pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area

Friday, September 30:

PRISM UG/Grads/Postdocs
12-1 pm, LGBTQ Lounge 255

This Week @ CCD!

 Women Mentoring Women Applications now online and LIVE! 
The purpose of WMW is to provide support for women* graduate students as they negotiate their academic, professional, and personal development. Expect to for your mentoring match to meet over a one-year period—some meet monthly, others bi-weekly. We look forward to getting to know you. WMW is completely free and is open to Undergraduate, Graduate, & Postdoc Women* with Staff and Alumna included as mentors. Please consider applying for WMW as a mentor and mentee

Please follow the links below to become a mentor and/or mentee today!

*We use an inclusive definition of "woman" and "female" and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.
Please follow this link or go to Women Mentoring Women website for an online application for Mentors
Mentor applications dead line extended! APPLY TODAY

For those seeking Mentorship, please take this 10 minute survey to help us match you.
Mentee Applications are due Sunday October 16th

Tuesday, Oct 4th 6:00PM Vice Presidential Debates -On a television near you!

United States Vice Presidential Presidential Debates. Presidential elections, campaigns and debates are full of opportunities to discuss topics that are very pertinent to our mission at the Caltech Center for Diversity.  We would like to provide you with some resources around taking a social justice approach to the election/debates

We hope you'll watch the debates and reflect on the extent to which candidates discuss specific civil rights and social justice issues. Also, pay attention to how the candidates discuss bias, diversity and inclusiveness in their debate responses.

Vice presidential debate (Tues, Oct. 4) 6:00PM
Second presidential debate (Sun, Oct. 9)
Third presidential debate (Wed, Oct. 19)

Here is one lens to think about this election through

This election will be the first presidential election without a fully functioning Voting Rights Act in more than 50 years. Learn more about the history of the Voting Rights Act and modern day voting suppression and restrictions. Analyze laws in California or your home state as well as other states to see the extent to which those laws expand or suppress people’s right to vote.  Read about what’s happening with voting in the news, including the primary election in your state and other states, and how voters may be disenfranchised. In addition, understand what each VP candidate is saying about voting rights, whether they think it is a problem and their specific ideas for addressing it.

  • What issue is most important to you and how would you rate each candidate’s position on that issue?
  • Do you think the debate questions, moderators and candidates were fair and made the best use of the time spent?
  • Do you think the debate focused more on personality and character than on substantive issues and topics? In what ways is this positive and negative?

Wednesday, October 5th, 12-1pm D & D 1: Social Justice 101
Come join us for our first Dish and Discuss* session on Social Justice! Our first workshop is on defining social justice and what that really means in our society. How do institutions like education, healthcare, law enforcement, and other social policies create and/or persist societal inequalities for various marginalized communities? What can we do to address these issues within our own worlds and roles?

*Dish and Discuss is a campus-wide workshop series (lunch is provided!) on a variety of topics intended to increase cultural intelligence, engage critical discourse, and provide an inclusive space for the exploration of diverse identities, thoughts, and interests.*

Thursday, Oct 6th Grad/Postdoc Women's Lunch, on 5-6 PM CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
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 for more information.

Thursday, Oct 6th WMW Information Session 5-6 PM CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
Join us for coffee/tea and more information about Women Mentoring Women. The session most likely won't take the whole hour but feel free to hang out and ask questions of a program participant and fill out your WMW application today!
Mentor Application & Mentee Application


Friday October 7 PRISM UG/Grad/Postdoc, 12-1PM, CCD Lounge and LGBTQ+ Lounge
LGBTQ+ Undergrads, Grads and Postdocs are invited to join in socials, awareness building and education around gender, gender identity, sexuality and the intersections of being LGBTQ+ in STEM.  Allies welcome.  Lunch will be served.

 Coming Soon @ CCD!

Monday, October 10
Bagel Monday at the CATS 8-10AM
Safe Zone Training

Tuesday, October 11
D & D #2 Lessons in Leadership

Wednesday, October 12
Safe Zone Training
WMW Matching Mixer @ Alumni House AS
Thursday, October 13
Feminist Club 12-1pm Meeting


Community Announcements

PREPARING 100 Men of Color for Ph.D. Programs
As part of our RISE for Boys and Men of Color project, the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education is preparing 100 Native American, Black, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander undergraduate men for doctoral study and eventually for professorships in criminal justice, education, health, workforce development, and fields related to human services and social policy. Three cohorts over the next three years will each include 32-34 undergraduate men of color from colleges and universities across the U.S.
RISE Grad Prep Academy participation includes a four-day visit to the University of Pennsylvania. We will cover each student's travel expenses, lodging, and meals. During their visit to our campus, academy scholars will learn more about applying to and succeeding in graduate school; meet our faculty and hear about their research projects; interact with our graduate students and alumni; and tour Philadelphia. After the campus visit, scholars will engage in a yearlong series of virtual workshops that introduce them to frameworks and research methods that align with the RISE Principles.
We are also paying for academy scholars to take a four-week Kaplan course valued at $1,200 to prepare for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Additionally, each academy participant will be paired with a current Ph.D. student who will offer mentoring throughout the graduate school application process, feedback on essays and other application materials, and advice on where to ultimately enroll.
Participation in the Academy is limited to undergraduates who are presently in their junior year - those who started their junior year of college in Fall 2016 and will earn bachelor's degrees in Spring 2018.
Penn Professor Shaun R. Harper created the Grad Prep Academy in 2009 for Black undergraduate men interested in earning the Ph.D. in education. Previous Academy scholars have enrolled in Ph.D. programs at Penn GSE, UCLA, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University, Duke University, and other leading research universities. The first two scholars to complete their doctorates are now tenure-track assistant professors at the University of Virginia and Loyola University Chicago.
The expanded version of the Grad Prep Academy now includes undergraduate men of color from other racial/ethnic groups and extends into the other four RISE fields. 
Applications are invited from college juniors across all majors. However, only those who have intellectual interests related to the five RISE fields should apply. This program is not for students who want degrees like the M.D., J.D., MBA, or Ed.D., but instead is for those who are possibly interested in earning the Ph.D. and becoming professors.
All application materials must be submitted through the RISE Grad Prep Academy portal no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, October 3, 2016. Please direct all questions to
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Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education
University of Pennsylvania
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 898-7820
Center Website:

American Physical Society Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)

Application deadline is October 14, 2016 at 8:59pm PDT.

The American Physical Society (APS) Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) is a group of three-day regional conferences held simultaneously throughout the United States and Canada for undergraduate women interested in physics.

The University of California, Los Angeles is pleased to host the 2017 Western Regional CUWiP, representing California, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii. The conference will be held from January 13-15, 2017 at the new UCLA Luskin Conference Center.

The APS CUWiP goal is to host a professional conference for undergraduate women in physics that provides information about graduate school and careers available with an undergraduate degree in physics. CUWiP offers a unique networking opportunity for women in physics to share experiences, advice, and ideas.

The mission statement for CUWiP@UCLA is "Our Differences are Valuable." Our conference will feature plenary talks by exceptional women from a wide range of career and personal backgrounds, interactive workshop sessions exploring topics from professional skills to mental health, a student poster session, and a job fair.

The CUWiP conferences are held at no cost to the undergraduate students, except for a $45 registration fee. The conference will cover the cost of lodging and meals. Students whose home institutions do not cover the cost of travel should see our Travel Support page for details.

For more information, visit their website. If you’re interested in helping obtain funding to travel to UCLA for this conference, please contact Erin-Kate Escobar at the Center for Diversity.


Caltech Space Challenge 2017—Caltech will host the Space Challenge—a five-day international student space mission design competition—from March 26-31, 2017. For the competition, 32 students from a range of backgrounds are invited to Caltech, formed into two teams, and given a mission design problem. The teams attend lectures related to mission planning, are given the necessary development tools, and are challenged to produce a viable mission design. Undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality are eligible to apply. The application window opens September 1 and continues through December 16.

D. E. Shaw Research
Science and Engineering Summit for Undergraduates
Friday, November 4, 2016

D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) seeks exceptional undergraduates pursuing degrees in the computational sciences to join us at our annual Science and Engineering Summit for Undergraduates.  This event will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016, and will bring students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering to our offices in New York for a day of presentations, discussions, networking, and plenty of food and drink!  This is an opportunity to learn about the internship and career opportunities available at D. E. Shaw Research, explore our scientific computing and research projects in detail, and connect with other students from across the country who share your interest in science and technology.
Enjoy the vantage point from our Times Square office and an evening in New York City on us!  We will cover the cost of travel to and from New York as well as hotel accommodations for two nights for all selected attendees.
If you are studying computer science, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, applied math, materials science, or another scientific field with a focus on computational methods, and are interested in attending this event, please email your resume to with the subject line “DESRES Summit” by Monday, September 26, 2016.  We can only invite a limited number of attendees to the summit, but we welcome submissions from students of all experience levels.
D. E. Shaw Research is a New York–based independent research laboratory that conducts basic scientific research in the field of computational biochemistry under the direct scientific leadership of Dr. David Shaw. Our group is currently focusing primarily on long molecular dynamics simulations involving proteins and other biological macromolecules of potential interest from both a scientific and a pharmaceutical perspective. An integral part of our effort consists of designing and developing custom hardware and software to carry out this research. We are also pursuing drug discovery programs, leveraging the insights enabled by our novel technologies, with an initial focus on drug targets that have proved resistant to traditional drug discovery methods. For more information about the group, please visit



Dear Colleagues:

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to announce the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program. Recognizing the value of individuals from different backgrounds to move science forward, HHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program will recruit and retain early career scientists who are from groups underrepresented in the life sciences and who have the potential to become leaders in academic research. Through their successful careers, Hanna H. Gray Fellows will inspire the next generation of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition.

We appreciate your help in distributing this announcement and encouraging eligible individuals from your institution, and beyond, to apply. Applicants can establish eligibility and submit an application via the HHMI online competition site Applications are due February 15, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

With best regards,
Erin K. O’Shea, PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Program Overview
Fellows will receive funding ($80,000) for up to four years of their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding ($270,000) for up to four years during their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.

The program is open to individuals who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Applicants must have a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent) by the start of the grant term and can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.
The program is open to applicants of any citizenship or nationality who have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).
The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in all biomedical and life science disciplines.

Selection of Fellows
The review process will assess the applicant’s potential for a career as an independent academic researcher and the quality of the training environment with the selected mentor. The selection of finalists will be made by the end of September 2017. Awards may begin as early as November 15, 2017, but no later than January 15, 2018.

Additional information including a full Program Announcement is available at For questions, contact program staff at
MailCode: 255-86
1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena CA 91125
Tel: 626-395-6207

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