Caltech Center for Diversity


Please come celebrate with us! Our annual Celebration of Excellence will be next Monday, May 23rd from 4pm-6pm at the Athenaeum! Please RSVP we have limited space. 
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This Week @ CCD!
Upcoming Events
Community Events


Monday, May 16:
Happy Monday!
Tuesday, May 17:
Lunch Hour with Maria Clawe
12-1pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common

Coffee & Conversation:  LGBTQ/GSRM Identity
3-4pm, Kerckhoff Morgan Library
Wednesday, May 18:
Grad Women Lunch
12-1pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common

 MMUF Lunch
12-1pm, CCD Conference Room 257
Thursday, May 19
12-1pm, CCD Conference Room 257

Dr. Bayrak Grad/postdoc Women's event
12-1pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common
Friday, May 20:
12-1pm, LGBTQ Lounge Room 255

WMW:  Alums Networking Lunch
11-2pm, The Athenaeum

Saturday, May 21:

Alumni Weekend Event
11-2pm, Caltech Alumni House

This Week @ CCD!

Tue., May 17, Lunch Hour with Maria Klawe, 12-1PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common     
Join the Feminist Club, Caltech Center for Diversity and Student Affairs for a lunch hour with Maria Klawe - Between running intricate laboratory experiments, simulating complex physical systems, and doing or grading problem sets, Techers are busy people that often find themselves with little time to devote to increasing gender diversity in STEM fields. So is Dr. Maria Klawe, renowned mathematician, computer scientist, and the fifth president of Harvey Mudd College. Yet between all her other jobs, she is also a national leader in promoting women’s participation in STEM fields. Join us as Dr. Klawe speaks about how she manages to balance her numerous academic commitments with her efforts to bridge the gender gap in engineering and computer science, and how you can strive to do the same.
Please RSVP requested but not required here:

Tue., May 17, Coffee and Conversation:  Intersections of Sexuality and Science, 3-4PM, Kerckhoff Morgan Library 
Join the discussion of how to create norms that can lead to a supportive and welcoming space for LGBTQ researchers, scholars, and industry workers in STEM fields.
Social identity factors are often considered inconsequential or irrelevant to STEM professional achievement, but bias and structural inequality linked to marginalized identities can hinder productivity, satisfaction, and success. Underrepresentation is just one factor that reduces visibility, and often, sexual orientation is a hidden characteristic. Coffee, Sweets, and good Conversation. 
Wed., May 18, Grad & Postdoc Women Lunch, 12-1PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common
This is the regular lunch meeting for Graduate & Postdoc Women to discuss topics pertinent to their academic, professional and personal lives.  Lunch Provided. Contact Erin-Kate Escobar
Wed., May 18, MMUF, 12-1PM, CCD Conference Room 257
This is the regular meeting of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Scholars. Lunch provided.  Contact Eva Graham.
Thu., May 19, ALLIES, 12-1PM, CCD Conference Room 257
The Center for Diversity hosts discussion groups for allies within the Caltech community in order to encourage student-based dialogue centered on racial/ethnic identity, sexual orientation, sex and gender, and other issues of diversity. 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month  Lunch provided. Contact Taso Dimitriadis.
Thu., May 19, Lunch Discussion with Fertility Specialist and Medical Director of IVF Aykut Bayrak, M.D., 12-1PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common
Dr. Bayrak is the founder and the medical director of LA IVF clinic and one of the highly regarded fertility specialists in the country.  Dr. Bayrak’s clinical expertise includes treating “unexplained infertility” cases, decreased ovarian (egg) reserve, advanced reproductive age, complex infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, laparoscopic pelvic surgery, third party reproduction (egg/sperm donation and surrogacy), egg freezing and ovulation disorders (i.e. hyperprolactinemia, polycystic ovary syndrome - PCOS). His most recent clinical interests include application of CGH technology (Comparative Genomic Hybridization) into IVF practice and fertility preservation using egg freezing (Oocyte Vitrification).  RSVP requested but not required here. All of the Caltech Community is invited to attend.
*Dr. Bayrak is serving in his personal capacity. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Caltech Center for Diversity or California Institute of Technology

Fri., May 20, LGBTQ Grad, 12-1PM, LGBTQ Lounge Room 255 
This is a regular meeting for members of this community.  Contact Taso Dimitriadis.  Lunch will be provided

Fri., May 20, WMW:  Alums Networking Lunch, 11-2PM, The Athenaeum 
Join us as we celebrate the professional and personal achievements of Caltech's female graduates and foster connections across the generations. Engage in thoughtful conversations around the intersection of science & society that will extend, encourage and support our community, and meet some of the extraordinary young women currently attending Caltech.  All are invited!

Remarks by Laura J. Fishman (BS '06), Environmental Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and returned Peace Corps Volunteer
Discount tickets: women-wmw = 50% off (unlimited)

*no one will be turned away for lack of funds, please contact Erin-Kate Escobar if you are unable to afford the $20.00 ticket.

Sat., May 21, Alumni Weekend Event, 11-2PM, Caltech Alumni House
Please join the Black Ladies Association of Caltech (BLAC) and the Center for Diversity (CCD) to the Alumni Homecoming Luncheon.  Current students, staff, faculty and postdocs are welcome.  RSVP:

Coming Soon @ CCD!

May 25th LGBTQ STEMinar Update
Due to unforeseeable circumstances, we have a change in event speakers for the upcoming LGBTQ STEMinar on May 25th at noon.  We are very excited to welcome Dr. Hung Y. Fan from the University of California, Irvine (UCI).  Dr. Fan will be discussing the intersection of race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation and how his identities have impacted his academic and professional career.

Dr. Fan was most recently a professor of virology and molecular biology in the School of Biological Sciences and Director of the Cancer Research Institute at UCI.  Dr. Fan investigates retroviruses to understand how they replicate and cause cancer. His work has appeared in numerous publications, and he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology.
Lunch will be provided. RSVP strongly encouraged, not required:

Community Announcements

Look out for Tuesday May17th awareness celebration of International day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia  IDAHOT

On Tuesday, May 17th, Caltech will have Dr. Marco Molinaro, Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness at from UC Davis, is speaking at noon in Annenberg 105 (see flier below) Dr. Molinaro has developed a fascinating and useful suite of tools for visualizing student data and probing the quantitative impacts of science, engineering, and mathematics education.

Announcing Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships: Out to Innovate™ scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ+) or an active ally of the LGBTQ+ community. The scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence and to increase visibility of talented LGBTQ+ students in STEM career.


May 21st - 2nd Annual Beaver 5K Run/Walk - Beckman Lawn

The 5K is open to the entire campus community! Registration is filling up (we already have over 260 people registered!) and we’re no longer offering day-of registration, so we’re encouraging people to register now if they want to participate.

10:00 a.m. Bib Pick Up; 10:30 a.m. Race Start


Education inequality and social justice: a conversation with Miles Corwin - Monday, May 23 | 12-1 p.m. | Location TBD

Sign Up Visit:


Miles Corwin spent a year with twelve gifted high school students from disadvantaged communities in LA. Corwin chronicled their journeys as they faced the greatest challenges of their academic lives in his book, And Still We Rise.


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