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The members of this association wish to commit ourselves to diversity and to assist in the recruitment and appointment of those committed to diversity, including underrepresented minorities (URM), to positions as postdoctoral fellows and faculty at liberal arts colleges. The member institutions will collectively send two or more representatives to national research conferences that attract large numbers of URM scientists. The overall purpose of this shared travel program is to distribute information about career opportunities in teaching and research at liberal arts colleges, to meet potential job candidates, and to establish connections with interested doctoral-granting institutions.


National Conference Held in 2015 to Seek Best-Practices for Diversity and Inclusion in the Sciences

In June, 2015, LACAFI held a national conference at Grinnell College with the purpose of seeking innovative ways to train faculty and develop creative approaches that foster diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

Mark Levandoski, co-chair of LACAFI, stated in an article in the Summer 2014 edition of The Grinnell Magazine, "The goal of our conference is to empower educators to initiate diversity and inclusion efforts on their campuses." The conference included sessions on the challenge of implicit bias, as well as successes and failures to meet this challenge. Small-group discussions allowed different colleges to share best practices . Time was also set aside for institutional teams to develop their diversity and inclusion action plans.

The four keynote talks were open to the public. The speakers and their topics were:

  • Denise Sekaquaptewa presented "Social psychological research on factors shaping the climate for diversity in STEM."
  • Nilanjana Dasgupta presented "Thriving despite negative stereotypes: How own-group experts and peers act as social vaccines to protect against implicit bias."
  • Becky Wai-Ling Packard presented "From Microaggressions to Microaffirmations: Framing Constructive Feedback to Students."
  • Sian Beilock presented "Anxiety, attitudes and motivation: Helping students perform their best under stress."

LACAFI is funded by 2008 and 2012 grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program and by the member institutions.
This page last edited on: 23-MAY-17 by Stephanie Peterson.