Negotiating Identities: Latine in STEM

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Negotiating Identities: Latine in STEM

Join us as we continue the conversation about what it means to navigate the STEM landscape as a Latine person for our suburban audience!

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Waubonsee Community College Room 250 18 South River Street Aurora, IL 60506

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How do Latine people negotiate their various identities while navigating the STEM world? What methods can we employ to imagine a different STEM landscape--one that is free from the barriers that Latine people face in STEM? How can we foster transformative, critical thinkers within the Latine/x community to best equip them with the challenges they will face should they choose to pursue STEM?

We recognize that Latine people are not a monolith: The Latine identity exists at an intersection between race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, and so on. Moreover, we recognize the many critiques of the term ‘Latino’, the very subject of ‘Latinidad’, or Latino-ness. Further, we understand that these rejections seek to embrace nuance by inviting minoritized identities (Black/Indigenous) into the conversation. We understand that using these pan-ethnic labels creates problematic consequences as they seek to create a monolith of people, both culturally and politically. It is then vital to create spaces where resources among these groups can be leveraged within STEM, and where critical conversations around identity and the role it plays in the STEM world can be held. Join us as we continue the conversation about what it means to navigate the STEM landscape as a Latine person and how we can move forward with the barriers that exist in mind.

Event Details:

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022 from 6:00pm-8:30pm CT, in person at the Waubonsee Community College Latinx Resource Center at the Downtown Campus Room 250!

Light food and refreshments will be provided!

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Latinx Resource Center (Located at Waubonsee Downtown Campus)

18 S. River St.

Aurora, IL 60506-4134

This program will be hosted in person at Waubonsee Community College. C2ST will work with our partners to ensure that COVID protocols put in place by the CDC, and the city at large, are followed and well-communicated. COVID protocols, and any other emergent information will be emailed to all registrants the week of the program.

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Dr. Amanda Christine Maldonado Entrepreneurial Fellow-Chicago Biomedical Consortium (she/her):

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Amanda Christine Maldonado received her PhD at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) in the Medicinal Chemistry Program. She is originally from Miami, Florida, where she obtained her Associates of Arts in Chemistry from Miami Dade College. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry as a Ronald E. McNair TRiO Scholar from Florida International University. As a graduate student, she received a T32 NIH Fellowship to aid in her research interests in Natural Products and Women’s Health and was inducted in as a 2021-2022 Yale Ciencia Academy Fellow. During her graduate training, Amanda served on the executive board of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Graduate Chapter since 2018. Amanda recently accepted an Entrepreneurial Fellowship with the Chicago Biomedical Consortium, where she hopes to use her scientific training to expand commercialization of treatments for women’s reproductive diseases. Amanda’s long-term career interests lie in women’s health, community engagement, and aiding to increase minority participation in STEM fields.

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