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Can We Talk? Diversity in STEM Screening & Discussion

Film Series & Discussion - College of Science

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The UTA College of Science is pleased to bring you a series of events to open a dialogue about obstacles to diversifying STEM fields. The events center around viewings of two movies from filmmaker Dr. Kendall Moore and follow up with three moderated conversations in the week after the movie screenings.

Film Titles

Can We Talk?

Difficult Conversations with Underrepresented People of Color: Sense of Belonging and Obstacles to STEM Fields (50 min.)
Watch Here (PW: Belonging)

 

Can We Talk? 2

White Allies (45 min.)
Watch Here (PW: Allies)

 

 

About the Films

The film series Can We Talk? explores the issue of ‘social belonging’ in the context of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and the effect it has on the lives of underrepresented people of color (UR-POC) who are pursuing an education or career in STEM or have decided to leave because of an overwhelming feeling of not belonging. The film has screened at venues across the U.S., at scientific conferences, colleges and universities, federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. In post-screening discussions, it has become explicitly clear that institutions want to expand the STEM workforce to include UR-POC, but how to do that, moving forward, requires a better understanding of the lives lived (currently and historically) by UR-POC. 

Film Trailer



UTA Science Related Events

Our UTA College of Science events will take place as follows:

Screening window of both movies to all faculty, staff, and students is March 26th, 8 am – March 28th, 10 pm.

A link will be available for everyone to view the movies at their leisure, with a group, or with a virtual watch party. The films can be viewed more than once in this time frame.


Conversation 1
Open Dialogue
  • Monday, March 29th 12-1 p.m. CT
  • TOPIC Open discussion and reflections about the films
  • TARGET AUDIENCE Everyone
  • LINK - go.uta.edu/canwetalkconvo1  
Conversation 2
Support and Sense of Belonging in STEM
  • Wednesday, March 31st, 12-1 p.m. CT
  • TOPIC Issues facing marginalized groups in science
  • TARGET AUDIENCE We are requesting this session be limited to anyone (students, staff, and faculty) who identify as black, brown, or indigenous URM groups
  • LINK - go.uta.edu/canwetalkconvo2 
Conversation 3
Faculty Issues and White Ally-ship
  • Friday, April 2nd, 12-1 p.m. CT
  • TOPIC Faculty and Post-docs open discussion and white ally-ship
  • TARGET AUDIENCE We are requesting this session be limited to faculty and post-docs
  • LINK - go.uta.edu/canwetalkconvo3  

Dean Khaledi and College of Science leadership are encouraging units, academic departments, student groups, research labs, classes, etc., to organize virtual watch parties, discussions, and dialogues initiated by the films. We anticipate this will be the start of these conversations for the College of Science. Please reach out to Laura Mydlarz mydlarz@uta.edu or Matthew Fujita mkfujita@exchange.uta.edu if you have any questions.