Conversation with Black feminist physicist, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

A Conversation with
Chanda Prescod‑Weinstein, Physicist and Author

The Disordered Cosmos – A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred

 

Moderated by:
Christen Smith, Director, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
and
Joshua Roebke, Assistant Professor of Practice, College of Natural Sciences

Friday, April 16
12:00 – 1:30 pm

 

In this roundtable discussion Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein will discuss what it means to be a Black feminist physicist and how Black feminist physics bridges the boundary between the humanities and the natural sciences. At the heart of this discussion will be Dr. Prescod-Weinstein’s new book, The Disordered Cosmos, a look at the gender and racial dynamics of being a Black woman in the field of physics, and its ups and downs. From the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, and the latest theories of dark matter — Dr. Prescod-Weinstein engages history, race and gender politics, and the wisdom of Star Trek. One of the leading physicists of her generation, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is also one of fewer than one hundred Black American women to earn a Ph.D. from a department of physics. Her vision of the cosmos is vibrant, buoyantly non-traditional, and grounded in her personal and political Black feminist genealogies. Prescod-Weinstein urges us to recognize how science, like most fields, is rife with racism, sexism, and other dehumanizing systems. She also lays out a bold new approach to science and society that begins with the belief that we all have a fundamental right to know and love the night sky.

Join Dr. Prescod-Weinstein for an enlightening discussion about her book, her science and her vision for a world that allows everyone to experience and understand the wonders of the universe.

RSVP and Pre-submit Questions

 

RSVP and attend the event for a chance to win a copy of The Disordered Cosmos.

This event is presented as part of the Center for Women and Gender Studies Feminist Futures//Feminist Pasts Symposium.

Explore Law | 2021-22 Application Open

Please help spread the word that applications for this summer’s Explore Law are still open. Explore Law’s goal is to increase the numbers of high-priority undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Austin, Huston-Tillotson University, and Austin Community College who apply to and are accepted into law school. Over the last seven years, we’ve had over one hundred students complete the program, and over 95% of them are presently on a path to and through law school.
The cornerstone of the program is a four-week summer program. This summer, the program will run 19 July to 13 August. It will be entirely virtual.
Applications are currently due this Friday, 9 April. It’s likely we will extend the deadline, but we encourage interested students to apply as soon as possible. Interested students can check the website for current announcement about the deadline.
We are happy to join virtual meetings to promote Explore Law to your students. Students can find details about remaining virtual info sessions on the website, including two this week. You can always direct students to email me with questions.
Please let me know if you have questions too. Please forward to your colleagues and networks as appropriate. Thank you for collaborating with us to promote Explore Law to your students.
Best,
Eric

Eric Dieter, Ph.D. (he | him)

Director, Gateway and McNair Scholars
Executive Director, College-to-Career Initiatives
Longhorn Center for Academic Equity
Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
& Lecturer, Dept. of Rhetoric and Writing
The University of Texas at Austin
100 West Dean Keeton Street, Mail Stop A5700
Austin, TX 78712
utexas.zoom.us/j/5122328487
linkedin.com/in/ericdieter
512 232 8487 :: office

diversity.utexas.edu/academiccenter

Lavender Graduation 2021: You’re Invited!

Lavender Graduation

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

4-6pm

Twitch! (with in person stole/cupcake pick up or mailed care package)

 

Lavender Graduation is a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, intersex, and ally students on campus.

Lavender Graduation is hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Center. Our goal is to provide a venue to demonstrate the success of our community members in a personal, entertaining, and celebratory way.

The Lavender Graduation Ceremony includes:

  • exhilarating speeches from UT faculty, administrators, students, and alumni;
  • the chance to cross the lavender stage to (virtually) celebrate your success and to receive a Lavender Graduation certificate, stole, as well as a rainbow tassel; and
  • a chance to celebrate online with friends, family and well-wishers!

For students and alumni interested in participating/receiving a care package, register here: tinyurl.com/UTlavgrad2021 

 

Please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for the latest on Lavender Graduation.

 

Follow along with the hashtag: #longhornlavgrad

 

Let me know if you have any questions about Lav Grad!

 

Best,

—————

Liz Elsen, M Ed. (Pronunciation)

Director, Gender & Sexuality Center: Serving Women & LGBTQIA+ Communities | Division of Diversity & Community Engagement (DDCE) The University of Texas at Austin| William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center (WCP) Suite 2.112 | 512.232.1907|

MC: A4400| liz.elsen@austin.utexas.edu | Pronouns: they/them or she/her

Individulization + Empathy+ Relator+ Communication + Woo

Schedule a virtual meeting with Liz

McNair Scholars | 2021-22 Application Open

Please help us spread the word that applications for McNair Scholars are still open. McNair, part of the U.S. Department of Education funded TRIO Programs, guides first-generation and low-income and/or underrepresented students into Ph.D. programs, and provides funding to help with that process.
Applications are currently due Friday, 16 April.
We are happy to join virtual meetings to promote McNair to your students. Students can find details about remaining virtual info sessions on the website, where they can also download an FAQ about the program.
You can always direct students to email me with questions. Please let me know if you have questions too. Please forward to your colleagues and networks as appropriate. Thank you for collaborating with us to promote McNair Scholars to your students.
Best,
Eric

Eric Dieter, Ph.D. (he | him)

Director, Gateway and McNair Scholars
Executive Director, College-to-Career Initiatives
Longhorn Center for Academic Equity
Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
& Lecturer, Dept. of Rhetoric and Writing
The University of Texas at Austin
100 West Dean Keeton Street, Mail Stop A5700
Austin, TX 78712
utexas.zoom.us/j/5122328487
linkedin.com/in/ericdieter
512 232 8487 :: office

diversity.utexas.edu/academiccenter

2021 NEW Leadership™ Texas (Apply by 4/18/21)

2021 NEW Leadership® Texas Summer Institute

Dear Students:
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones in good health and having a Happy New Year. I am reaching out with the good news that the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies at UT Austin has begun developing a new virtual NEW Leadership® to be held in June 2021.

NEW Leadership®, a non-partisan five-day program, gives undergraduate students the tools to become effective leaders in the political arena regardless of their academic interests or career path. During the summer institute, students will meet women leaders from across the country, learn about women’s participation in American politics, and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops, and projects. After the summer institute, participants become part of NEWL’s national network of distinguished alumnae.

Week One of the NEWL Summer Institute will be June 9th and 10th, 2021 and Week Two will be June 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2021. Participants should prepare to be available from 12 pm – 6 pm EST on those days for a variety of programming sessions. Breaks will be scheduled throughout the course of each day.

Commitment
NEW Leadership® participants are expected to attend all summer institute sessions during the entire summer institute from June 9 – 10, 2021 and June 14th – 16th, 2021. If you are accepted, you will be required to acknowledge and agree to meet these requirements.

Cost
There is no cost to students.

Students will attend panels, classes, and interactive workshops; some having a national focus including participation with students from our 15 of our partner programs and some with a Texas focus designed exclusively for our NEW Leadership® Texas students. Although, we will miss having the NEW Leadership® experience on campus, we see this as an opportunity for you to meet, connect with, and learn from women leaders and fellow participants from across the country while still joining our distinguished network of NEW Leadership® Texas alums.

Learn more about NEW Leadership™ Texas.

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Students from colleges and universities across Texas and Texas residents attending out-of-state schools are eligible to apply.

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Online applications are now open and the application deadline is April 18, 2021. Each student will need to submit two letters of recommendation to accompany their application.

Letter of Recommendation Form attached to this email.

Thank you, and please let me know if you have any questions.
Nancy Ewert
Sr. Program Coordinator for Programs and Events
Center for Women’s & Gender Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
newert@austin.utexas.edu
512-471-5680

Learn more about NEW Leadership™ Texas at these links:
Leadership Program aims to Bridge Political Ambition

Female Texas Students Reach to Shatter Glass and Find Their Voice

UT Program Aims to Improve the Number of Women in Politics

SCJS’s support for students in Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, and the Internship Program – SCHOLARSHIPS

We have scholarships for JS majors, minors, and for students of any major who wish to submit their work in Jewish Studies for an award competition.  Information about the scholarships and awards as well as instructions on how to apply can be found here.  The Spring due date for scholarship and essay/thesis award applications is April 25, 2021.  

We have several undergraduate and graduate fellowships in Israel Studies.  Applications for these are accepted on an ongoing basis.  Please see here for more.

Students in the Internship Program in Jewish Studies, who wish to apply for a scholarship, won’t need to do so until August.

Johnson-Bates Respect and Inclusion Scholarship

Johnson-Bates Respect & Inclusion Scholarship

Due 4/30/21

 

The purpose of the Johnson-Bates Respect and Inclusion Presidential Scholarship Program is to provide a college scholarship to students who play an active role in stopping or preventing bullying (particularly as it is displayed towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer people), as well as work to improve the climate on campus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

 

Award: A minimum of one (1) $2,500 undergraduate scholarship will be available per semester for a total of $5,000 per year. Scholarships are awarded for one year only, but recipients may re-apply for a second year.

 

Criteria for Eligibility

  1. Applicants must be full-time University of Texas at Austin undergraduate students enrolled in any STEM discipline, with a preference for Geoscience majors & minors, including, Environmental Science, General Geology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Environmental Science and Sustainability, Geological Sciences Teaching, Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology, Geological Sciences.
  2. Applicants must have completed at least 45 credit hours in residence at UT Austin by the time the award is received.
  3.  Applicants must have demonstrated leadership surrounding issues affecting the LGBTQ community, but do not need to identify as part of the LGBTQ population in order to qualify.
  4.  Applicants should have demonstrated or expressed interest in volunteerism, student service within the LGBTQ organizations, The University of Texas at Austin student government programming and initiatives, and leadership development training in LGBTQ diversity.
  5. An applicant must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

To be considered for a Johnson-Bates Respect and Inclusion Endowed Presidential Scholarship, applicants must complete an application packet and email it to Liz Elsen (liz.elsen@austin.utexas.edu ) by 5pm on 4/30/21.

The application packet must include:

  • A completed application form.
  • Two completed recommendation forms, with at least one from a faculty or a school official at the college level.
  • Recommendation form found here: www.tinyurl.com/johnsonbatesrec
  • A college transcript.
  • A personal statement (less than or equal to 500 words) describing the applicant’s qualifications for the scholarship and personal commitment to stop or prevent bullying (particularly as it is displayed towards people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer) as well as improve the climate on campus for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.

All four of the above items must be submitted to Liz Elsen; liz.elsen@austin.utexas.edu before the application will be considered.

Apply Now: https://tinyurl.com/JohnsonBates

Survey for students about having a Disability Cultural Center at UT Austin

The Disability Advocacy Student Coalition, Student Government Disability & Inclusion Agency, Natural Sciences Council, Liberal Arts Council, and the Senate of College Councils are conducting a survey to collect feedback for the creation of a Disability Cultural Center (DCC) on the UT Austin campus. This is a survey for students to share their experience of disability, access, and inclusivity at UT. The survey is now live:tinyurl.com/utdcc.  Please reach out to shilpa.rajagopal@utexas.edu if you have any questions.

First-Generation Student Services Program Update (Student Job Position Applications)

We are very excited to have and promote two new student positions for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year for First-Generation Student Services and LCAE!

If you do not mind, please promote on social media networks, listservs and newsletters starting on Monday 3/29 and through 4/15!

  • Student Event Planner & LCAE Student Associate Poster website
  • Transition & Success Coach Poster website

We greatly appreciate your help getting the word out!

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

 

Well wishes,

Michelle Shanks, M.Ed. | Senior Student Program Coordinator – First-Generation Student Services – Longhorn Center for Academic Equity | The University of Texas at Austin | SSB 3.342 | diversity@utexas.edu/academiccenter | Book an appointment at http://calendly.com/michelleshanks | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers | Join My Zoom Meeting