Diversity in Science Festival

Monday, Jan 30, 2023

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Friday, March 25, 2022  |  Noon-5:00 PM  |  Sanson Life Sciences Patio, Breezeway, and General Classroom North Room 102, FAU Boca Raton campus

Beyond Diversity to Equity and Inclusion

Celebrate and reflect on diversity, equity, and inclusion in science. The Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Science is hosting the inaugural Diversity in Science Festival. High school and middle school students, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff will enjoy science-related exhibitions, interactive games, and activities. Panelists and speakers will facilitate candid dialogue on transparency, accountability, inclusion, and equity. The festival encourages partnerships between the university, clubs, and local communities to promote the ideals of mutual respect and inclusion.

View photos from the March 25, 2022 event.


12:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Sanson Life Sciences Patio
Sanson Life Sciences Lawn

High school groups and FAU undergraduate students

Science-related exhibitions

Interactive games and activities 

Active games on the field

Refreshments (with advance registration)

2:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Location:  General Classroom North, Room 102, FAU Boca Raton campus
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FAU students, faculty & staff

DEI Speed Talks
Quick insights on diversity, equity, and inclusion in science
Conversation and refreshments (with advance registration)

Malou C. Harrison, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost, Miami Dade College
"Keys to effective management of a diverse College"

Krista McCoy, Ph.D.
Associate Research Scientist, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, FAU
"Benefits of diversity in the ecosphere and biosphere" 

Tito Sempertegui, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor, FAU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
"Towards a more inclusive and productive college: The central role of transparency"

Yanmei Li, Ph.D., AICP
Associate Professor, FAU Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and Administractive Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Schmidt College of Science
"Building equitable structures and institutions, beyond diversity to equity and inclusion"

Evelyn Frazier, Ph.D.
University Instructor, FAU Department of Biological Sciences
"Addressing prejudice and bias in assessment of students, staff, and faculty of all backgrounds"

Jill Isaac, MA, MA, MBA
Int’l Business, Diplomacy & Int’l Relations, Public & Corporate Communication
"Accountability on DEI matters"

4:00-5:00 p.m. ET

Join In-person or    Watch Virtually

Location:  General Classroom North, Room 102, FAU Boca Raton campus
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Parking:    No-cite parking for visitors in Lot 4
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Community members, FAU students, faculty & staff

Keynote Speaker
"Why the Evolution of Science Must be Harnessed for Equity, Inclusion and Justice"
J. Corey Williams, MD, MA,  Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Medstar Georgetown University Medical Center

Watch the lecture

This talk is in partnership with the FAU Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series.

About the Diversity in Science Festival

The Diversity in Science Festival aims to:

  • Celebrate the diversity of the Schmidt College of Science and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) milestones of its departments and programs
  • Create a platform for reflective assessment by the Schmidt College of Science to execute the benefits of diversity
  • Facilitate candid, college-wide dialogue on key pillars of DEI – transparency, accountability, inclusion, and equity
  • Encourage partnerships between the Schmidt College of Science, clubs and local communities to promote the ideals of mutual respect of perspectives, equity and inclusion
  • Examine the roots of bias and racism in American society and the unique roles that contemporary science can play to reverse misleading past ideas



Florida Atlantic University, Sanson Life Sciences Building
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL, 33431

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Sanson Life Sciences Patio


General Classroom North, Room 102


No-cite parking for visitors is available in  Parking Lot 4.  Click here for Google Map Directions   .


Questions? Contact Serena Hoermann at  shoermann@fau.edu.


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Additional Information
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science offers unparalleled experiential learning opportunities to prepare the next generation of scientists and problem solvers.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd, SE-43
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Fax: (561) 297-3292