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6 Steps Everyone Can Take To Become An Ally In White, Male-Dominated Workplaces

Step 1: Listen to (women/people of color/URMs) when they discuss the problems they face. This is the first real step towards being an ally, and all it requires you do to is pay attention to the many voices out there — especially the voices of people whose experiences are vastly different from your own — and pay attention to them.

You’ll find lots of challenges that they talk about, and a myriad of ways that people are given the message that they are inadequate. This is a problem that practically everyone faces, but the degree of severity of this problem varies drastically among people of different races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and ages. Many things that we think of as minor offenses if they only happen once or twice become unbearable, like death-by-a-thousand-papercuts, when they happen continually.”

So, you’ve chosen the field you want to go into, and it’s a field where your talents and interest both lie. You know you’re good enough to do it, but you know there are going to be formidable obstacles and challenges to overcome. If that field happens to be dominated by white men (the dominant culture in many STEM fields), and you yourself aren’t a white man, you’re no doubt going to encounter obstacles and challenges that go above and beyond what you’d face if you were a white man.

You have a choice as far as how you behave in this environment, particularly if you yourself are a white man. If you’re interested in being an ally, you might find this essential reading.

The 3 Most Important Questions Every Prospective Grad Student Must Face

1.) Does this department have the overall strength to give me the educational foundation I need? In practically every graduate program, there are a series of core courses that every student takes, a series of elective courses that you’ll begin to take as you become more specialized, and research you must perform as part of your degree program.

The courses you take will lay the foundation for your future research, and the formal and informal conversations and inquiries you have and conduct with everyone in your department — peers, postdoctoral researchers and professors — will be instrumental in giving you the breadth and depth you need to succeed in your future endeavors. That’s why it’s vital to choose a program whose overall strength and intellectual diversity are well-suited to your educational goals.”

It’s that time of year again: where college seniors and the already-graduated begin applying to graduate schools to further their education. While every individual case is different, there are some useful questions that cut across fields, demographics, and even across vastly different personalities.

If you’re considering going to graduate school, there are a number of challenges you’re going to face, but many of them are foreseeable. If you’re interested in learning from the collective experiences of others who’ve gone through the rigamarole, you’re in luck: there’s some really good advice just waiting for you.

If you can formulate and think about these three particular questions, you’ll put yourself in the best shape possible going into graduate school. Make sure to share with those who need to see it!

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Happy International Women in Science Day! Here’s me with my standard model Lagrangian shirt, that has nothing to do with my current field of research whatsoever but still. Ladies, tell me all about your projects, experiments, papers, Frankenstein’s monsters, lab rats, illegal human trials.

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Happy International Women in Science Day! Here’s me with my standard model Lagrangian shirt, that has nothing to do with my current field of research whatsoever but still. Ladies, tell me all about your projects, experiments, papers, Frankenstein’s monsters, lab rats, illegal human trials.

Love