I want to educate myself...
We are glad you are here. Educating yourself regarding the history and current problems with racism, prejudices, inequalities, and biases is an important first step in combating it in our society. Here is a list of some resources to start you off on your journey. Some of the links will take you to general readings and others are geared towards issues in STEM and more specifically in the field of chemistry.
Some resources for understanding and contextualizing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
#Shutdownstem – This resource is focused on anti-racism in science and has a list of readings and a podcasts that will help you understand the impact of racism both in society and within science. https://www.shutdownstem.com/resources
American Association of University Women – Explore issues in gender equity (e.g. equal pay, biases, career advancement) in STEM. https://www.aauw.org/resources/research/the-stem-gap/
Project Implicit – A first step to combating unconscious or implicit biases is recognizing them. Project Implicit is a non-profit organization that have developed a series of test that allows you to explore your own unconscious biases. https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
Resources that explain why diversity, equity, and inclusion in science and chemistry matters.
Article that defines diversity and why it matters for STEM: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/diversity-in-stem-what-it-is-and-why-it-matters/
Article that highlights the importance of inclusion in STEM: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/357/6356/1101
Article that explains biases that exist with the idea of meritocracy: https://www.chemistryworld.com/opinion/viewing-science-as-a-meritocracy-allows-prejudice-to-persist/4011923.article
A book chapter that explains the importance of international STEM students in the United States: https://www.nap.edu/read/11463/chapter/20#378
An article that highlights how scientists with disabilities are important to the field: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/our-disabilities-have-made-us-better-scientists/
Resources that highlight the current barriers with science and chemistry
Article that shows that recognitions is not always given to underrepresented groups in science: https://www.pnas.org/content/117/17/9284
Article that demonstrates race disparities exist in funding: https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/initiative-to-curb-bias-hasnt-eliminated-racial-disparities-in-nih-funding/4011963.article
Article highlight disparities in invited talks at conferences: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03688-w
Article explaining unrecognized work in mentoring and service often falls on underrepresented groups in STEM: https://cen.acs.org/careers/diversity/Making-invisible-work-STEM-visible/97/i26
A global look at gender disparities: https://www.pnas.org/content/117/9/4609
Challenges faced by LGBTQ+ scientists: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05587-y
Gender equality within academia during the COVID-19 crisis: https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/24/2010636117