Jacqueline Gibson is a change maker. Before she graduated last year, the College of Natural Sciences recognized Jacqueline for her leadership in tackling ways to use technology to build a more equitable world. In the Department of Computer Science, she co-founded the Association of Black Computer Scientists, and she worked with Dr. Alison Norman to create a series of presentations for the computer science faculty—and both strategies helped lead to a more supportive environment that encouraged more students to stay in computer science. Her advocacy has made a lasting change not only in the department, but in the college as a whole.
Creating a community of scientists where everyone feels supported and everyone feels they belong doesn't just happen. As Jacqueline's story shows, it takes effort, and we all benefit. As we celebrate Black History this month, join me not only in celebrating the phenomenal legacies of Black leaders but also in identifying areas of our community that still need work. As you encounter these spaces that limit the participation of a certain group of students, whether that be based on physical ability, political view, citizenship status, gender, or the color of their skin, please e-mail me. There are many things I see, but I'm particularly keen to learn what you see. Together we can make a real and lasting difference.
Dr. Vanden Bout
Joke: What is the best way to prep fish for a chemist? de "Broglie" it.