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IDEA Committee

IDEA Committee

In 2020, the IDEA committee was formed within the department. IDEA stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy. The mission of the IDEA committee is to create and sustain a culture of inclusion and affirmation that supports the success of a diverse FST department. 

2021-2022 Committee composition:

  • Dr. Jessica Cooperstone (Chair)
  • Molly Davis
  • Elliot Dhuey
  • Ellia La
  • Dr. Kara Morgan
  • Dr. Melvin Pascall
  • Dr. Hua Wang



Check back for the addition of upcoming events.


Implicit Bias Training: 5/4/2020 at 12 pm
A special FST only session on “Implicit Associations, Insidious Assumptions: Unintended Manifestations of Bias in Everyday Life” was put on by Dr. Leo Taylor from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  This interactive webinar will provide an overview of the various types of bias that humans experience with an emphasis on implicit bias. We will explore how our socialization process leads to the formation of conscious and unconscious associations, stereotypes, and prejudices that can influence how we treat others in unintended ways. Participants will learn common ways that bias manifests in the form of subtle microaggressions and identify strategies that can help reduce the impact of implicit biases. During the webinar participants will complete an Implicit Association Test (IAT), a helpful tool for identifying hidden biases, and have an opportunity to discuss their experience. Finally, recommendations for next steps will be provided.

Picture a Scientist Discussion: 4/14/2020 at 5:10 pm 
Please join us for a discussion event for the documentary Picture a Scientist.  After registering for the event, you will receive a code by which to access the film.  Featuring geologist Jane Willenbring, chemist Raychelle Burks, and biologist Nancy Hopkins, as well as key social scientists working to understand and reduce gender bias in the sciences, Picture a Scientist brings diversity in science into sharp view at a critical time. The current pandemic is a call to action for scientists to work together globally, with a multitude of different perspectives, to defeat COVID-19. For too long, women and other minorities in science have been left out or driven out, stymied by a system of harassment, discrimination, and general bias. “Any impediment to advancing minorities in science is an impediment to science itself,” says Sharon Shattuck, co-director of Picture a Scientist.