Caltech Center for Diversity


Dish and Discuss 3:Cultural Appropriation or Appreciation? Please RSVP
STEMINAR: Exploring the intersections of identity and sicence. Meet Dr. Maria Elena Zavala, Biology Professor at CSUN 4-5PM Wednesday, Oct 19 RSVP
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This Week @ CCD!
Upcoming Events
Community Events


Monday, October 17:
CCD Lunch with Google
12-1pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area 

Dish and Discuss 2:  Leadership Skills
12-1pm, Avery Dining Hall
Tuesday, October 18:
Watch the Debates TOMORROW @ Caltech Y
Wednesday, October 19:
Postdoc Diversity Statement Workshop
12-1pm, Beckman Lab (BBB) 180

STEMinar 1:  Maria Elena Zavala
4-5:30pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
Thursday, October 20:
WMW Orientation
11:30-1:30pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area

12-1pm, CCD Conference Room
Friday, October 21:

SWE Meeting
12-1PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area

Sunday, October 23:

Join here:

This Week @ CCD!

Mon., Oct. 17, Dish and Discuss #3, Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation?, 12-PM, Avery Dining Hall
Join us in a conversation discussing how we see appropriation within today’s popular-culture. We will unpack how appropriation occurs when we lack understanding of the original culture. This can lead to a lack of appreciation of culturally significant artifacts, practices, and beliefs. We will explore how we can mutually benefit and gain understanding from different cultural identities.
12-1PM lunch included Avery Dining Hall – RSVP

Mon., Oct. 17, Bring Question, Build Answers Google Info Session, 12-1PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
Come Mix and mingle with Google engineers and learn more about life and opportunities at Google. Swag and food provided.

Mon., Oct. 17, Informational session with Intel, 6:30-8:00PM, Brennen Conference Room
Join Intel Corporation representatives from multiple business groups for informal Q&A. Bring your resume and discuss the exciting opportunities for students with degrees in EE, CompE, Comp Science, and more. Raffle, prizes and Food provided.

Wed., Oct. 19, Postdoc Diversity Statement Workshop, 12-1PM, BBB 180
This workshop will cover:
1. Why are you writing a diversity statement? 2. Examples of diversity statements. 3. Best practices and ideas to incorporate into your role now.
4. Time to brainstorm about your personal philosophy. Lunch is included!

Thu., Oct. 19, STEMINAR: Dr. Maria Elena Zavala 4-5PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area RSVP
Dr. Zavala is a Biology Professor California State University Northridge. Dr. Zavala is interested in educational equity issues, and has worked to develop science curricula for K-12 teachers, and has established and directed programs that seek to increase the number of minorities in the sciences.  She has also worked with numerous organizations such as American Women in Science, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and Women in Cell Biology on projects that seek to increase the participation of women in science. Dr. Zavala was the first Chicana president of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and has been recognized by the California State University System for her success in mentoring students.

The Caltech Center for Diversity is excited to invite STEM faculty, scholars, and experts to explore the intersections of their various identities with their science. We hope that with each monthly lecture in this series, you will be able to explore your own path through the world of STEM and reflect on how your science interacts with who you are as a broader person.

Thu., Oct. 20, CLASES/Club Latino & BLAC t, 12-1PM, CCD Conference Room
Come to the monthly club meetings of:

BLAC - The goal of BLAC is to increase the presence and promote success for African American women in science and technology.

Club Latino - Club Latino's main objective is to serve as a support group for building a unified community of graduate students of Latin/Spanish descent. Come help make plans for the year and sign up to help out with an altar on campus for Dia De Los Muertos

CLASES/SHPE - The Caltech Latino Association of Students in Engineering and Sciences (CLASES) is a student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). CLASES is a Latinx organization at Caltech committed to aiding and advancing undergraduate Latino/as in their future careers as scientists/engineers. CLASES also collaborate to promote understanding of the social and cultural barriers faced by Latino/as and enrich the broader Caltech community with our diverse culture.

Thu., Oct. 20, WMW: Orientation, 11:45-1:15 PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
If you applied to Women Mentoring Women please come join us for lunch and orientation -you may even meet your match! You will receive an email reminder about this event with more information.
We are still taking MENTORS for WMW please sign up to help mentor undergrads and grads

Fri, Oct. 21, SWE General Meeting 12-1 PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
The Society of Women Engineers is a national organization devoted to the advancement and education of women in science and engineering. Its members are professional engineers and engineering students. The national organization provides scholarships and a free resume database. Come join us for the first meeting of the quarter and learn the logistics behind the big conference ahead of us.

Sun., Oct. 23, AIDS Walk Los Angeles Caltech Team
Join us on Sunday, October 23rd for the 32nd Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles! AIDS Walk Los Angeles is a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) fundraising walkathon benefiting AIDS Project LA (APLA) and more than 20 other L.A. County AIDS service organizations. Be a part of this inspirational day filled with energy, excitement, hope, and you get to see Los Angeles in a whole different light. Funds raised will help provide food, dental care, housing, as well as prescriptions to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Los Angeles area. In addition, they advocate for HIV-related public policy, work on reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS in our communities, and generally try to improve the lives of people affected with the disease. 
Join or donate to this year’s Caltech AIDS Walk Los Angeles team here: Our official team name is Caltech – 4730. We will be carpooling to the West Hollywood Park site the morning of the event, so sign up now to receive future information and updates!

 Coming Soon @ CCD!

Monday, October 24:

  • CANCELLED - Seminar: Anousheh Ansari 5-7:15PM CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
Tuesday, October 25:
  • Safe Zone Training - Staff & Faculty 12-1PM Avery Conference Room RSVP
Wednesday, October 26:
  • Safe Zone Training - Staff & Faculty 12-1PM Avery Conference Room RSVP

Thursday, October 27:

  • Grad/Postdoc Chat 12-1PM CCD Conference Room
  • Married Partner Group 12-1PM CCD Women's Lounge


Community Announcements


Refresh is a one-hour workshop that will teach you more about the science behind sleep; why we need it, what it does, and what happens when we don’t get it. It will also give you some sleep hygiene tips and ways to improve your sleep habits and the quality of your sleep. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and brainstorm ideas about how to improve your sleep.
Dr. Maggie Ateia, Caltech Counseling Center
12:00 - 1:00 on October 19th
2nd Floor, Winnett
Lunch provided on a first-come basis
for more information go to


Caltech Space Challenge 2017—Caltech will host the Space Challenge—a five-day international student space mission design competition—from March 26-31, 2017. For the competition, 32 students from a range of backgrounds are invited to Caltech, formed into two teams, and given a mission design problem. The teams attend lectures related to mission planning, are given the necessary development tools, and are challenged to produce a viable mission design. Undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality are eligible to apply. The application window opens September 1 and continues through December 16.

D. E. Shaw Research
Science and Engineering Summit for Undergraduates
Friday, November 4, 2016

D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) seeks exceptional undergraduates pursuing degrees in the computational sciences to join us at our annual Science and Engineering Summit for Undergraduates.  This event will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016, and will bring students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering to our offices in New York for a day of presentations, discussions, networking, and plenty of food and drink!  This is an opportunity to learn about the internship and career opportunities available at D. E. Shaw Research, explore our scientific computing and research projects in detail, and connect with other students from across the country who share your interest in science and technology.
Enjoy the vantage point from our Times Square office and an evening in New York City on us!  We will cover the cost of travel to and from New York as well as hotel accommodations for two nights for all selected attendees.
If you are studying computer science, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, applied math, materials science, or another scientific field with a focus on computational methods, and are interested in attending this event, please email your resume to with the subject line “DESRES Summit” by Monday, September 26, 2016.  We can only invite a limited number of attendees to the summit, but we welcome submissions from students of all experience levels.
D. E. Shaw Research is a New York–based independent research laboratory that conducts basic scientific research in the field of computational biochemistry under the direct scientific leadership of Dr. David Shaw. Our group is currently focusing primarily on long molecular dynamics simulations involving proteins and other biological macromolecules of potential interest from both a scientific and a pharmaceutical perspective. An integral part of our effort consists of designing and developing custom hardware and software to carry out this research. We are also pursuing drug discovery programs, leveraging the insights enabled by our novel technologies, with an initial focus on drug targets that have proved resistant to traditional drug discovery methods. For more information about the group, please visit


Region Vl Southern California Zone Chair (2016-2017)
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Phone: 323-868-3134

NSBE's 43rd Annual Convention
Engineering the Foundation for the Future
March 29th-April 2nd, 2017 | Kansas City, MO | @NSBEConvention | #NSBE43

Conference held at the Southern California Edison Pomona location on October 15,2016. Food and transportation will be provided. In addition, there will be great workshops such as mock interviews and how to land an internship that will better prepare them for the workplace. These mock interviews are also a potential for landing an actual internship with Southern California Edison. 

To register:


Dear Colleagues:

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to announce the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program. Recognizing the value of individuals from different backgrounds to move science forward, HHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program will recruit and retain early career scientists who are from groups underrepresented in the life sciences and who have the potential to become leaders in academic research. Through their successful careers, Hanna H. Gray Fellows will inspire the next generation of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition.

We appreciate your help in distributing this announcement and encouraging eligible individuals from your institution, and beyond, to apply. Applicants can establish eligibility and submit an application via the HHMI online competition site Applications are due February 15, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

With best regards,
Erin K. O’Shea, PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Program Overview
Fellows will receive funding ($80,000) for up to four years of their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding ($270,000) for up to four years during their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.

The program is open to individuals who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Applicants must have a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent) by the start of the grant term and can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.
The program is open to applicants of any citizenship or nationality who have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).
The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in all biomedical and life science disciplines.

Selection of Fellows
The review process will assess the applicant’s potential for a career as an independent academic researcher and the quality of the training environment with the selected mentor. The selection of finalists will be made by the end of September 2017. Awards may begin as early as November 15, 2017, but no later than January 15, 2018.

Additional information including a full Program Announcement is available at For questions, contact program staff at
MailCode: 255-86
1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena CA 91125
Tel: 626-395-6207

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