Science March on Washington, Billed as Historic, Plagued by Organisational Turmoil

I’ll be sharing with you some recent media interviews I’ve done on issues with diversity in the March for Science. The first is by STAT News.

“Australian-based sociologist Zuleyka Zevallos, in an email to STAT, pointed to what she called ‘racist dog-whistling’ by the Los Angeles march chapter in a Twitter post that was since deleted: ‘some scientists [are] concerned with the march turning into [a] political event and losing its focus. What do YOU pledge to do to keep it peaceful?” The leap from ‘political’ to ‘violent’ did not sit well with some minority science advocates.

“Last week, Zevallos published an article about the march’s various diversity problems — a move she made after ‘close to two months of equity missteps, and many scientists were fed up by having offered their volunteering, advice and resources, only to be ignored,’ she said.” (Note: my article: https://goo.gl/2mskSK)

This article has many troubling aspects. From how diversity is discussed by one of the March for Science committee members (diversity “diminishes science”); to the revelation post-publication that one of the former committee members quoted (Morris) has a long history of White supremacist and sexist behaviour; to, it seems, possible unethical practices by the journalist (this piece was updated with additional quotes by committee members in response to being misquoted).

What a mess.

For a background on the issues and the scientific evidence of why equity, inclusion and access are important in science and academia, read my articles: The March for Science Can’t Figure Out How to Handle Diversity, published by Latino Rebels: https://goo.gl/2mskSK

Analyzing the March for Science Diversity Discourse, published by DiverseScholar, 8:1: https://goo.gl/FNV5WW

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