2018: AAAS Diversity and Inclusion Seminar: LGBTQ+ Identities in STEM Fields: Research and Implications

This session shares current research on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and people with other gender and sexual identities (LGBTQ+) in STEM fields. Speakers present findings from studies that document these experiences, describe the processes that lead to inequality with STEM professionals, and characterize the connection between LGBTQ+ identities and work productivity. This session also draws links between social policies and institutional practices that can promote inclusion or create hostile environments for work and study, and the implications of these conditions for scientific endeavors. Speakers represent two cross-disciplinary research collaborations that include social science perspectives, as well as a field-specific study on the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals in physics.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 03:30 PM – 05:00 PM Austin Convention Center – Room 17A


Rochelle Diamond
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Pasadena, CA

Allison Mattheis
California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Tom Waidzunas
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


Queer in STEM: A National Study of LGBTQ+ Identities and Experiences
Joey Nelson, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

The STEM Inclusion Study: LGBTQ Professionals, Mechanisms of Disadvantage, and Tools
Erin Cech, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

LGBT+ Climate in Physics and Recommendations for a National Society
Ells Long, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH