Manuel Arafat measuring a wolf skull

Week of Diversity in STEM

During the week of February 7-11, 2022, various departments and student organizations sponsored events and activities that highlight and celebrate the many, often unacknowledged, ways that people from diverse walks of life contribute to STEM disciplines (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  Our goal was to make diversity in STEM more visible within the community in hopes of inspiring greater appreciation and recognition of these contributions.

Several entrants also submitted artwork to the Diversity in STEM Art Contest and a few brave souls bundled up to enter the Diversity in STEM Snow Sculpture Contest!

The celebration was a rousing success and the organizing committee extends its heartfelt thanks to all of the contributors (listed below)!

2022 Diversity in STEM Week events:


Diversity in STEM Book Display

Organization:    Lydia M. Olson Library

Description:    Books from Olson Library’s collection will explore and celebrate the lives and contributions of significant people in STEM, and who hail from diverse backgrounds. Signs will honor some featured authors, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions. 

When:     Mon - Sun during library open hours starting on February 1, 2022 

Where:    Library main floor

Contact:    Molly Anderson (

Week of Diversity in STEM book display


Virtual Anishinaabemowin Plant Walk

Organization:    Native American Studies and Student Equity and Engagement Center

Description:    A Virtual Indiginous Plant walk delivered in Anishinaabemowin 

When:    4:30pm Monday, February 7

Where:    Zoom link; Meeting ID: 979 4145 3228; Passcode: DiSTEM_VPW

Contact:    Jud Sojourn,; Amber Morseau,



Movie Screening of Hidden Figures with introductory remarks by Dr. Linda Lawton

Organization:    Mathematics and Computer Science

Description:    The movie Hidden Figures describes the contributions of three Black women who worked as mathematicians (“computers”) for NASA during the early development of the agency and its race to put an American on the moon.  Linda Lawton of NMU’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department will give brief remarks prior to the film.

When:    6:30pm

Where:    JXJ 1100

Contact:    Linda Lawton,; J.D. Phillips,

Linda Lawton giving introductory remarks before showing of Hidden Figures


Snow Sculpture Contest

Organization:    Biology

Description:    Students are invited to claim a snow pile on the Academic Mall to create a Diversity in STEM inspired snow sculpture.  To be considered for the contest, please submit information about your sculpture here before noon on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Prizes will be awarded!

When:    Sculptures can be created beginning Monday, February 7.  Judging will take place Wednesday afternoon, February 9.

Where:    Academic Mall between the Library, Weston Hall, and the Science Building

Contact:    Jill Leonard,; Kurt Galbreath,



Movie screening of The Imitation Game with follow-up discussion

Organization:    NMU ALLIES and Campus Cinema

Description:    NMU ALLIES and Campus Cinema will host a viewing of The Imitation Game, a film about Alan Turing, a gay man and brilliant mathematician who led the effort to break Germany’s Enigma code during World War II, while being unable to express his identity openly in a society that was hostile to homosexuality. 

When:    7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Where:    JXJ 1100

Contact:    Mary Brundage ( or Jeff Gagnon (

Dr. Chet Defonso giving introductory remarks before the showing of the film The Imitation Game


Art Contest

Organization:    Biology

Description:    Artists are invited to submit artwork that celebrates human diversity and its many contributions to STEM disciplines.  Art will be on display on the Library main floor from Monday to Friday.  More details about submitting your work can be found here. Prizes will be awarded!

When:    Art drop-off: 8am to noon on Wednesday, February 9.  Judging will take place on Friday, February 11.

Where:    Lydia M. Olson Library, main floor

Contact:    Charlotte Vanacker,



Lecture: Dr. Kate Teeter, Eugenics and Biology

Organization:    Biology

Description:    This lecture will discuss the background and impact of eugenics, a now-discredited subdiscipline of biology that historically sought to “improve” humanity by encouraging reproduction among individuals with certain “desirable” traits, while discouraging reproduction among “less desirable” individuals.

When:    Thursday, February 10th,  4 - 4:50 pm

Where:    Jamrich 1318

Contact:    Kate Teeter,

Dr. Kate Teeter giving a lecture on eugenics


Speaker: Nella C. Delva, PhD Candidate at Florida State University 

Organization:    Latinx Student Union

Description:    Nella Delva will talk about her current research in neuroscience and about her journey in STEM as a first generation student, an immigrant, and a black woman. 

When:    6pm Thursday, February 10

Where:    Zoom link; Meeting ID: 925 8249 0833; Passcode: 317713

Contact:    Diana Antonio,



2022 ATHEN Virtual STEM Accessibility Conference - group viewing site

Organization:    Disability Services and Center for Teaching and Learning

Description:    Disability Services and the CTL are hosting a group viewing site for this two-day virtual conference.  From the conference website: “We are hosting the first ever Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math virtual conference on February 10th and 11th, 2022! We are striving for a diverse conference where experts can share their best practices, solutions, techniques, etc. for accessing and creating accessible STEM content in higher education. This is going to be exciting, novel, resourceful, and enlightening to all who care about accessible content in STEM fields in higher education.”  

When:    February 10 from 12pm - 3pm; February 11 from 12pm - 4pm (different sessions every hour - View session schedule.)

Where:    HRDN 111C on Thursday; HRDN 224 on Friday

Contact:    Matt Smock, or Harger Boal, 



STEM Stories

Organization:    School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service

Description:    This event will invite participants to consider how STEM topics can be taught through stories, specially picture books. We will provide participants with examples of current children's literature and facilitate discussion of the benefits and challenges of teaching STEM topics in this way. Participants will then be invited to try their hand at authoring and illustrating their own stories based on a STEM topic of their choosing.

When:    Friday, February 11 from 9:00-11:00am

Where:    Whitman Hall, Room 177

Contact:    Laura Kennedy <>, Kristen White <>



Roundtable: Diversity in Scholarship

Organization:    Earth, Environmental, and Geographical Sciences 

Description:    EEGS faculty discuss how they integrate the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice into their research, service, mentorship and teaching.

When:    10-11am ET, Friday, February 11th

Where:    Zoom link; Meeting ID: 955 7469 5686, Passcode: EEGS-DEI

Contact:    Ryan Stock,



Lecture: What does social cognitive psychology research tell us about issues of diversity in underrepresented fields?

Organization:    Psychological Science

Description:    Jon Barch of the Psychological Science Department will present a lecture on implicit cognition and the hidden role it plays in perpetuating patterns of underrepresentation of diversity in STEM careers.

When:    3pm, Friday, February 11

Where:    Watch the recorded lecture here!

Contact:    Jon Barch,; Adam Prus,



Climate@Noon lecture

Organization:    Earth, Environmental, and Geographical Sciences and the Northern Climate Network

Description:    Biidaaban Reinhardt (Environmental Justice Organizer for We the People Michigan) will speak about their work.

When:    12pm, Friday, February 18

Where:    Jamrich Hall room 1311; Zoom link; Meeting ID: 931 2647 5768, Passcode: climate

Contact:    Ryan Stock,