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Nilanjana Buju Dasgupta, 2015 PEP Fellow, leads academy for students of color and women interested in technology and engineering careers

Nilanjana Buju Dasgupta, 2015 PEP Fellow, leads academy for students of color and women interested in technology and engineering careers. Dasgupta is the director of faculty equity and inclusion in the College of Natural Sciences and launched the program through the UMass Amherst Institute of Diversity Sciences in collaboration with other Massachusetts colleges and universities and with the sponsorship of top tech and engineering firms. Read more at MassLive and the UMass Amherst news office release.  

Thomas Zoeller, 2016 PEP Fellow, coauthor on a new article reporting that exposure to even minuscule amounts of bisphenol-A, or BPA, can cause a myriad of health problems

Thomas Zoeller, 2016 PEP Fellow, coauthor on a new article reporting that exposure to even minuscule amounts of bisphenol-A, or BPA, can cause a myriad of health problems. The new findings show that ingesting BPA can harm people at doses 20,000 times lower than what the FDA currently says is safe. Read the full article here and an overview of the research and findings at Environmental Health News.

Lisa Modenos, PEP Summer Participant, publishes article on academia's approach to nontraditional students

Lisa Modenos, PEP Summer Participant, publishes article on academia's approach to nontraditional students. Modenos discusses the potential pitfalls to the notion that nontraditional students is the new tradition when it comes to students in higher education. Read more from her article in Sage journals

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, quoted in an article on tech firms and diversity efforts following George Floyd protests

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, quoted in an article on tech firms and diversity efforts following George Floyd protests. In an article by Fierce Electronics, Tomaskovic-Devey discusses that diversity is more than just a quota. He explains, "These workers must be integrated into workgroups, empowered to raise issues of racial bias when apparent to them and protected when co-workers are resistant to racial claims." 

Elizabeth Schmidt, 2019 PEP Fellow, writes an article on U.S. laws that apply to fundraising

Elizabeth Schmidt, 2019 PEP Fellow, writes an article on U.S. laws that apply to fundraising. In an article published by Candid, Schmidt explains, "Charities must also be careful that their messages are completely truthful and understandable because anything short of that can deceive donors." 

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article about pressure on corporate America to release racial diversity data

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article about pressure on corporate America to release racial diversity data. In an article by KFGO, Tomaskovic-Devy says, "Transparency is a prerequisite for both goal-setting and accountability.” 

Linda R. Tropp, PEP Steering Committee Member, interviewed about race relations in the U.S. and recent protests

Linda R. Tropp, PEP Steering Committee Member, discusses the motivation behind recent protests calling for racial justice and an end to police violence against Black Americans. Tropp explains, "If we {White Americans} were in that position... Can we actually imagine telling the police officer I can't breathe as we're being held and feeling like that person probably isn't listening to us?" For the full interview, visit Mass Appeal

Laurel Smith-Doerr, PEP Steering Committee Member, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, have been named recipients of top national honors by the American Sociological Association Inequality, Poverty and Mobility section

Laurel Smith-Doerr, PEP Steering Committee Member, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, have been named recipients of top national honors by the American Sociological Association Inequality, Poverty and Mobility section. Both faculty and their coauthors were named the 2020 winners of the Devah Pager Award for outstanding article for their 2019 American Journal of Sociology article, “Gender Pay Gaps in U.S. Federal Science Agencies: An Organizational Approach.” 

Laurel Smith-Doerr, PEP Steering Committee Member, and Tiamba Wilkerson, PEP Project Assistant, coauthor chapter on inspiring strategies on an inclusive future

Laurel Smith-Doerr, PEP Steering Committee Member, and Tiamba Wilkerson, previous PEP Project Assistant, coauthored chapter on inspiring strategies on an inclusive future. Shannon Roberts, industrial engineering, is working with a cross-campus team to help ensure that the future of work is more equitable and just. Smith-Doerr and Wilkerson coauthored the recently published chapter, “Automation, Work, and Racial Equity: How Human Systems Engineering Can Shape the Future of Work,” in the book “Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Through Human Systems Engineering.” 

M. V. Lee Badgett, PEP Steering Committee Member, is quoted on the Supreme Court’s decision to extend protections to sexual orientation and gender identity

M. V. Lee Badgett, PEP Steering Committee Member, is quoted on the Supreme Court’s decision to extend protections based on sex under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to sexual orientation and gender identity. Even with the Supreme Court ruling, there is still more federal and local changes that need to be made for LGBTQ workers rights. In AP News and The Vindicator, Badgett explains, “I think employers that are trying to be proactive and are looking at gender gaps or maybe racial wage gaps, they should try to think about ways that they could do the same for LGBT people.” 

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