Here's the thing about this DEI survey disaster: if you didn't respond, & esp if you started to respond and stopped, you committed a racist act. DEI work, and the work to get to it, are anti-racist acts. There is no middle ground.

I'm so disappointed on our community today.
This DEI work is not a neat thing NSGC is doing. It's not some cool idea. It's not something other people will do and you can just coast along.

It's imperative anti-racist work we all have to do for ourselves and our community.
If you got flustered hearing that you committed a racist act by withdrawing from the survey or ignoring it, then good. That means you have work to do. Luckily, GCs are a plucky group of learners.

For starters, at least read How to Be an Anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi.
And then at least read lots of other stuff, too. 1619, White Fragility, So You Want to Talk About Race, etc. The list is long and it's all good to read bc neither you (nor I) learned anything in school. But you can change that. Read, think, talk with friends, act.
Next time you see DEI anything from NSGC, know it's vital. It's the social equivalent of the PSS & more important than the PSS. The PSS is about $$$ and DEI is about people -- your boss, colleagues, friends, students, and prospective students. The future of our society.


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At Pariah/Pioneer: things lab/ industry GCs want others to know:
@SohneeAhmed: Psychosoc counseling is still what we do.
@shreshthaGC: It's ok to be ambitious.
@twitherington: We're doing our best here.
Sara Pirzadeh-Miller: Whatever traditional meant is not what it means anymore
Q/A session:
@shreshthaGC: we should expose students to lab/industry earlier in training. Will move us forward as profession.
@twitherington: I went into industry first bc it fit me as a person. Take a roll that fits your interest and skills.
Ideas as to how to support GCs who are only genetics prof at their work:
Sara P-M: We all deal with similar issues no matter where employed.
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1/n: So, we just finished reviewing abstracts for NSGC's 2018 Annual Ed Conference & I really enjoyed it! I loved some of the projects—for others I had constructive, diplomatic feedback. Here are some good & bad things that might be helpful to other researchers:
2/n: First, let’s start with the things that I didn’t like: 1. Bad intros. Omit clunky declarative opening lines. When in doubt, type “Purpose:” and go from there. Good intros don’t receive extra points, but you will avoid the dreaded sigh through grinding teeth.
3/n: Intro infatuation. Intros shouldn't be the longest part. Try color-coding each section or a word-count and make a bar graph to see relative length. It's like filling up on breadsticks at a subpar Italian chain restaurant when I came for the osso buco.
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