As an old curmudgeon I feel compelled to say that including anything else in a routine safety presentation has continually proven to dilute the over arcing importance of the safety message. However, abhorrent and unwanted, one can survive in a less inclusive and less diverse workplace (or survive to leave and go to one that is inclusive and diverse). But if one fails to be safe, they may be injured or worse. So I feel that safety has to trump all other topics.
I think ACS should take a position that safety should always be a primary and standalone topic.
And yes, I know that having another meeting on non safety topics immediately after a safety meeting is very common. But I think separating the two - however trivial -is an unappreciated but vital piece. So make it two meeting, Safety then whatever else they want. But not SID.
My opinion for what it is worth.
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Achieving DEIR and Safety Awareness in a Chemistry Graduate Program: "Safety, Inclusivity, & Diversity Talks" ("SID Talks") as Part of a Colloquium Series
This is an interesting project at the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis connecting lab safety and DEIR issues in their graduate program.
Achieving DEIR and Safety Awareness in a Chemistry Graduate Program: "Safety, Inclusivity, & Diversity Talks" ("SID Talks") as Part of a Colloquium Serieshttps://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jchemed.1c00434
A time- and cost-effective strategy aimed at increasing awareness of diversity, equity, inclusion, respect (DEIR), safety, and other issues within a typical graduate program is described. Using a brief portion of time (up to =E2=88=BC10 min) at the commencement of each weekly departmental colloquium event, graduate students under faculty guidance develop topics of interest related to the above areas to deliver what are deemed to be Safety, Inclusivity, & Diversity Talks, ("SID Talks"); one SID Talk is delivered at each seminar gathering. Importantly, as described herein, this is a student-engaged process and is not a graduate program requirement.
SID Talks are intended to increase and facilitate collegial conversations on topics leading, ultimately, to a departmental culture and climate change regarding safety awareness and DEIR. SID Talks are easily adaptable to any departmental need or situation and have had a positive impact on our program as evidenced by increased overall graduate student awareness of issues, volunteerism, and a stated desire to learn more on certain topics.
When surveyed, it was determined that a majority of graduate students found SID Talks to be a meaningful addition to our program; this attitude is also held by the faculty of the department. The development of the SID Talk concept and its integration into our program and departmental culture is described along with an assessment of its impact and future possibilities.
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