On March 31, Wesleyan’s Office of Equity and Inclusion hosted a Pathways to Inclusive Equity Conference of Visibility at Usdan University Center. Discussions focused on visibility and belonging in academic and professional environments.
The conference included a Humanities Panel and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Panel featuring Wesleyan faculty, alumni, and guest speakers.
Demetrius Eudell, chair and professor of history and faculty director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, spoke on the Humanities Panel. Eudell specializes in 19th-century U.S. history, intellectual history, and the history of blacks in the Americas.
Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, professor of linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, spoke on “My Life as a Linguist: Building Bridges between Disciplines.” Toribio is an expert on language contact and variation.
The STEM alumnae panelists included (left to right): Melisa Olgun ’20 (moderator); Lucy Hutner ’92, MD; Fludiona Naka ’11; and LaNell Williams ’15.
Dr. Hutner is a nationally recognized expert in the field of reproductive psychiatry and women’s mental health. Hutner is part of the leadership team of the National Task Force for Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, which is creating the first standardized digital curriculum for students and trainees in reproductive psychiatry.
Naka, who double-majored in neuroscience and biology, is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Connecticut’s School of Medicine, where she is pursuing a combined degree in medicine and master of public health (MD/MPH).
Williams, who majored in physics at Wesleyan, is a current PhD student at Harvard University, studying soft condensed matter physics. As the founding member and chair of the Society of Underrepresented Students in STEM, she advocates for meaningful resources to support underrepresented researchers in pursuit of physics.
Jumoke McDuffie-Thurmond ’19 listens to the panelists. (Photos by Caroline Kravitz ’19)