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
[𝑁𝑂𝑇𝐸: 𝐹𝑜𝑙𝑘𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑎 𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝐸𝑋𝑇𝑅𝐸𝑀𝐸𝐿𝑌 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒. 𝑊𝑒’𝑟𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑤𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑎𝑟𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 ‘𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒’ 𝑖𝑠, ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑖𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑡 𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑠 (𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑖𝑡 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑦 𝑖𝑛 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑒). 𝑃𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑆𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑦, 𝐴𝑛𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑝𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑦, 𝐶𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑂𝑟𝑔𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑧𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑅𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐺𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑆𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑒𝑠, 𝑃𝑒𝑟𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝐴𝑟𝑡𝑠, 𝑒𝑡𝑐 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑.]
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 “science-y.”
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!!!
𝗪𝗛𝗢 𝗜𝗦 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗙𝗢𝗥?
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.
𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐫, 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝/𝐨𝐫 𝐏𝐎𝐂 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲. 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.
𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐅𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐨𝐩𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢-𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢-𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐥, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐬 𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐬.
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.
The conference will be shaped by 𝑦𝑜𝑢!!
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).
𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐲 𝐬𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐐𝐓𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐒@𝐠𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥.𝐜𝐨𝐦
The conference will have two focuses and they will sometimes overlap and we won’t try to always make clear distinctions:
𝟏) 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 “𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐌”-𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐞 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑡ℎ𝑠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐞𝐧𝐣𝐨𝐲
– 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
𝟐) 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐬 “𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐌” 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐚 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐚 𝐐𝐓𝐏𝐎𝐂 𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬
– A discussion of what the 𝑝𝑢𝑟𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑒 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 𝑎𝑛𝑦 format you want:
– Discussion session
– Visual performance
– Interactive activity
– 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
10:15pm: Conference close-out
10:30pm: DANCE PARTY!!
1:30am: Party over