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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Cultural Awareness for Career Success

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GSBS launched the Cultural Awareness for Career Success (CACS) program in 2019.  This first in the nation program was awarded a Burroughs Wellcome fund grant and includes workshops, lectures and social events that teach students how to create and develop work environments that are diverse, inclusive, culturally sensitive and supportive of all. 

The program is based on the novel concept that providing curriculum for cultural awareness will provide students with the ability to choose and/or shape their workplace in a culturally sensitive manner, leading to enhanced career success. 

CACS events held to date are listed below to give an idea of the scope of this important program.

  • Thinking Fast makes Changing Slow: Normal Cognition can Interfere with Efforts to Increase Diversity (talk by Lydia Villa-Komaroff)
  • Exploring the Cultural Diversity of the South End (cultural walk and dinner)
  • Exploring the Cultural Diversity of Dudley Square (cultural walk and dinner)
  • Understanding the Climate and Policies for LGBTQIA+ Folks in the Workplace (talk by Hope Freeman)
  • Faith Awareness in the Lab, the Workplace, and Beyond (panel discussion with Naftali Brawer, Jennifer Howe Peace, and Abdul-Malik Merchant)
  • Exploring the Cultural Diversity of Boston’s Chinatown (cultural walk and dinner)
  • Working to Prevent and Respond to Microaggressions in Mentoring (workshop by Bruce Birren and AZA Stephen Allsop)
  • Indigenous Identity and Intersectionality in STEM: A Conversation with Dr. Robyn Hannigan (talk by Robyn Hannigan)
  • Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Academia: A Workshop with Marlina Duncan2020-2021 First-Generation, Low-Income, and/or Working Class Workshop Series (Hosted by SPINEs)
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