“a celebration of LGBTQIA+ identity, community, and most importantly, SCIENCE!!”
How exactly does ‘queer science’ differ from plain old, regular science?
Campus Reform reports:
UConn hosts second annual ‘Queer Science Conference’ for high schoolers to ‘celebrate science – and themselves’
On June 4, the University of Connecticut (UConn) celebrated Pride Month by hosting its second annual “Queer Science Conference,” which is offered “to give queer and trans youth role models in various STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] fields.”
According to an online recap, the one-day event “connected high school students with LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students at UConn who work in STEM disciplines, offering community and mentorship as well as state-of-the-art laboratory experiences and opportunities for hands-on science demonstrations.”
Another description in promotion of the event stated: “In the wake of new and passed anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation sweeping across the country, especially anti-trans legislation, it is critical that we support the queer and trans youth in our state.”
The webpage also characterized the conference as “a celebration of LGBTQIA+ identity, community, and most importantly, SCIENCE!!”
The conference was organized and sponsored by UConn organizations such as the Vergnano Institute for Inclusion and the Rainbow Center, in addition to oSTEM — a group that “empowers LGBTQ+ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy.”
In a recent message commemorating Pride Month, Rainbow Center Director Kelsey O’Neil and UConn Chief Diversity Officer Frank Tuitt acknowledged: “Legislation across the country, including in the state of Connecticut, is attempting to render LGBTQIA+ communities invisible and erase our existence. As we celebrate Pride, we encourage everyone to resist this attempt at erasure by being visible.”
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