QTPOC Redefining Education & STEM (qtpres) + DANCE Party! – Hosted by Manuel Sabin and QTie Presenters: QTPOC Reclaiming Education and Science (QTPRES)

March 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm โ€“ 1:30 am
QTPOC Redefining Education & STEM (qtpres) + DANCE Party! - Hosted by Manuel Sabin and QTie Presenters: QTPOC Reclaiming Education and Science (QTPRES)

This event will be free but please REGISTER AT THIS LINK to attend. We will send a confirmation email according to space available near the conference date for you to get a FREE ticket

[๐‘๐‘‚๐‘‡๐ธ: ๐น๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘˜๐‘  ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘Ž ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘–๐‘’๐‘›๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘˜๐‘”๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐ธ๐‘‹๐‘‡๐‘…๐ธ๐‘€๐ธ๐ฟ๐‘Œ ๐‘ค๐‘’๐‘™๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’. ๐‘Š๐‘’’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ค๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ‘๐‘ ๐‘๐‘–๐‘’๐‘›๐‘๐‘’’ ๐‘–๐‘ , โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘–๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘, ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘  (๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘’๐‘‘๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘’). ๐‘ƒ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š ๐‘†๐‘œ๐‘๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘”๐‘ฆ, ๐ด๐‘›๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘”๐‘ฆ, ๐ถ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ฆ ๐‘‚๐‘Ÿ๐‘”๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ง๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”, ๐‘…๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐บ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘†๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ , ๐‘ƒ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘๐‘’ ๐ด๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘ , ๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘’๐‘™๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘.]



This is a reclamation of Truth-Seeking.

While Black, Brown, Queer, and Trans folk have taken the Truth-Seeking of poetry, art, and music by force and have shaped its direction in the world, we are still excluded from the type of Truth-Seeking considered โ€œscience-y.โ€

This conference is for us to share, redefine, and enjoy “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through a non-colonial lens. This means two things:

– Sharing: There are beautiful truths our community does not get to see often. This is a space where we can share “STEM” topics with each other and enjoy this social activity of Truth-Seeking without the fears of colonial beliefs of meritocracy and ‘aptitudes’ that have traumatized much of our community. This is a space without the capitalist and exceptionalism lens that sucks the fun and art out of these truths and forces us to view our worth through elitist standards.

– Reclaiming: “STEM” has been siloed off from the Humanities and from the society is affects. This is all while STEM researchers in Academia claim to be ‘apolitical’ while creating technologies that discriminate and gentrify our communities and support capitalistic ideals and corporations. This is because the voices in STEM are cishet and White. This will be a space for us to reimagine a “STEM” that is aware of the society it is born out of and affects. This is a space for us to reclaim “STEM” through a QTPOC lens and envision a “STEM” that arises from our values and concerns.

Mostly, though, this is our community celebrating ourselves and using our voices. The Truth-Seeking found in “STEM” areas both has profound things to say that we should no longer be excluded from hearing while also increasingly structuring our capitalist country and affecting our communities to the point that our voices can no longer be left unheard on how ‘science’ should exist in our world.

We will celebrate our voices here and spend the rest of the night in a dance party!!!

๐—ช๐—›๐—ข ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—›๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ?

This is for non-scientists as much as it is for scientists.

We want to redefine “STEM.” A large part of that is breaking science out of the silo that shelters it from the Humanities and having to think about its impact on society. We want perspectives from Sociology, Anthropology, Community Organizing, Race and Gender Studies, Performance Arts, etc just as much as we want scientists here.

๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฑ๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ซ, ๐“๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐/๐จ๐ซ ๐๐Ž๐‚ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ. It will not be POC-only but will be POC-centered by its majority-POC organizers by giving priority to POC voices in conference discussions, giving priority to POC attendees when space is limited, using POC catering and DJ work whenever possible, addressing micro-aggressions and any anti-POC sentiment immediately and erring on the side of believing POC voices, and having feedback forms to address any incidents and curating our attendees, topics, and explicit politics to prioritize POC comfort in creating this community and its voice and perspectives on “STEM” to be POC-centric.

๐ˆ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค ๐…๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฏ๐จ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ข๐ง๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐›๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข-๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข-๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐š๐ฅ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฌ๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ.

This event is not for cishet White folks. However, Queer or Trans white folks are welcome, and cishet POC folks are welcome. QTPOC will be centered though in the ways described above.

๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ๐— ๐—”๐—ง

The conference will be shaped by ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข!!

You don’t need to come prepared with anything or the sort, but the conference’s topics and formats will shape as you all fill out the registration form (and we might have a program nearer the date).

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ ๐๐“๐๐‘๐„๐’@๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ.๐œ๐จ๐ฆ

The conference will have two focuses and they will sometimes overlap and we won’t try to always make clear distinctions:

๐Ÿ) ๐’๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž “๐’๐“๐„๐Œ”-๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฉ๐ž ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ž๐ง๐ฃ๐จ๐ฒ

Example topics:
– Presenting a beautiful piece of math that our community isn’t allowed to appreciate because of math trauma
– A skill-share of engineering a DIY home project
– Sharing stories of good or bad experiences in STEM/academia
– Sharing info and advice on navigating STEM/academia

๐Ÿ) ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ “๐’๐“๐„๐Œ” ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐œ๐š๐๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐š ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐š ๐๐“๐๐Ž๐‚ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘‘ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ ๐ฏ๐จ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ

Example topics:
– A discussion of what the ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘’ of STEM should be in enriching human experience (versus its use in capitalism)
– An anthropological discussion of how scientists do research that benefits the dominant class and concentrates power
– Algorithms’ effect of upholding systemic discrimination
– Queer and Feminist theories to provide a framework to build a vision of QTPOC STEM on
– Strategizing discussions for the direction of the conference and what we want to accomplish with it

These are all just examples though and we invite you to put forth anything you feel is relevant to the conference description!!

We will have microphones, movable tables, projectors, pencil and paper, a whiteboard, a sound system, etc
Feel free to present in ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ format you want:

– Discussion session
– Lecture
– Storytelling
– Visual performance
– Interactive activity
– Zines
– Any creative way of engaging and/or educating you can think of!


– The East Bay Community Space is fully ADA compliant and all spaces we will be using are wheelchair accessible.
– This is a low scent space. Please come to the event as scent free as possible to help protect those of us with scent allergies and scent sensitivities.
– There are currently no interpreters for this event.
– If there is enough interest we will provide childcare during the conference. We are looking into this now.
– Since this event is advertised publicly the East Bay Community Space asks that this is a sober event (including the dance party)


This is tentative and may change slightly.

6pm: Doors open and setup
7pm: Conference starts
8:30pm: Break and snacks
8:45pm: Conference
10:15pm: Conference close-out
10:30pm: DANCE PARTY!!
1:30am: Party over


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