Media and Outreach

The Science & People of 500 Queer Scientists

Invited by: 500 Queer Scientists

In a series of mini-talks from 500 Queer Science members Dr. Jessica Ware (American Museum of Natural History), Roberto Efraín Díaz (UCSF), Krisha Aghi (UC Berkeley), Rob Ulrich (UCLA), & founder Dr. Lauren Esposito (California Academy of Sciences), get a better sense of the range of science the queer community drives, how identity & work connect for all human beings, and why visibility & allyship are still so necessary in the year 2020.

My Fave Queer Chemist Podcast Interview

Invited by: My Fave Queer Chemist Podcast

This week on the pod, Bec and Geraldo talk with Roberto Efraín (Robbie) Díaz (he/him), a graduate student in the Fraser Lab in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). We talk about his work with the Graduate and Postdoctoral Queer Alliance (GPQA), how his different identities have intersected with his scientific career, the barriers to LGBTQ+ inclusion in academia and how those can be taken down, and so much more! We hope y’all are enjoying our Pride Month special and remember that Black lives matter today and everyday.

Improving LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Academia

Invited by: The STEM Village

In this talk, Robbie discusses the barriers to inclusion faced by the LGBTQIA+ STEM community, and strategies to overcome these, particularly in the USA. An eye-opening, sobering talk that is a must watch, for anyone who wants to learn more about inclusion and diversity.

Celebrating Diversity in STEM

Invited by: 500 Queer Scientists

Launched in June 2018, 500 Queer Scientists is a powerful visibility campaign designed to raise awareness and celebrate the contributions of LGBTQ+ professionals working in a variety of STEM fields. Founded by Academy arachnologist Dr. Lauren Esposito and Academy scientific illustrator Sean Edgerton, the fast-growing campaign is creating an international community of LGBTQ+ professionals and allies to foster diversity and inclusion in science.

To learn more visit 500QueerScientists, and follow 500QS on Twitter and Instagram.

Our Authentic Selves

Invited by: UCSF LGBT Resource Center

In celebration of Pride Month, we are highlighting members of the UC San Francisco community who represent the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Staff, faculty and students shared stories of overcoming prejudice, advocating for visibility, fostering inclusivity, and living their authentic selves at work each day.

What advice would you give your younger self? How has your identity influenced your work?
"I was aware that most of the people around me were straight. I think I handled not seeing myself represented in academia or most mainstream society by being more open and unapologetic about my identity as a queer man."

What can we all do better?
"Queer people need a seat at the table with institutional leadership where they can share their experiences. Until our voices are heard, and our existences respected, at all levels of an institution, we cannot be properly supported."

SACNAS Member of the Month Profile

Invited by: SACNAS at UCSF Chapter

"Robbie is currently a PhD student in the Tetrad Graduate Program at UCSF. From south Florida, Robbie attended the University of Miami and received his BS in Neuroscience. At UCSF, he is a member of James Fraser’s and Sy Redding’s labs using single-molecule microscopy and structural techniques to study interactions between chitin-binding proteins and chitin.

When he’s not doing research, Robbie enjoys working with others to further diversity, equity, and inclusion. Robbie’s identity has a queer Latinx has influenced his commitment to promoting intersectionality and allyship in academia."

"[Intersectionality] takes into account people’s overlapping identities and experiences in order to understand the complexity of prejudices they face. ("