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LACAFI Mission

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.


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

LACAFI is planning a summer 2015 national conference that seeks innovative ways to train faculty and develop creative approaches that foster diversity and inclusion in the sciences. The conference will occur June 19-20, 2015, at Grinnell College.

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 will include sessions on implicit bias as well as successes and failures . Small-group discussions will allow different colleges to share best practices . Time will also be set aside for institutional teams to develop their diversity and inclusion action plans.

The four keynote talks are free and open to the public. Grinnell College, Noyce Science Center, room 2022.

  • Friday, June 19, 9:00-10:00 a.m. Denise Sekaquaptewa presents "Social psychological research on factors shaping the climate for diversity in STEM"
  • Friday, June 19, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Nilanjana Dasgupta presents "Thriving despite negative stereotypes: How own-group experts and peers act as social vaccines to protect against implicit bias"
  • Saturday, June 20, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Becky Wai-Ling Packard presents "From Microaggressions to Microaffirmations: Framing Constructive Feedback to Students"
  • Saturday, June 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Sian Beilock presents "Anxiety, attitudes and motivation: Helping students perform their best under stress"


LACAFI. This group is funded by 2008 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: 15-oct-14 by Mary Lyons.