Cultural Tax: The Cost of Being the Only or the Few

October 21, 2020, 10:00 am

11:00 am

What’s the price you pay when you walk into a room? For Black STEM students and professionals – as well as individuals from other underrepresented groups – there’s a cost to entering the classroom, lab, conference, and more. Tyrone Poster, principal investigator at Boston University, has paid this tax on countless occasions in his STEM career. His experience, while not unique, provides a deeper look into what many students and professionals also encounter. Tyrone offers his best prescription for confronting what can often be a silent burden and putting a stop to the cultural tax many pay.

Amplified: Race and Reality in STEM aims to give a national platform to speakers to have candid conversations around race and diversity in the STEM fields. Launched in 2020 as part of Gladstone’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, this series is hosted in partnership with Georgia Tech, the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute at the University of Washington, and The University of Texas at Austin. We hope these discussions spark change throughout the sciences.

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Gladstone is an independent, nonprofit life science research organization located in the epicenter of biomedical and technological innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gladstone has created a research model that disrupts how science is done, funds big ideas, and attracts the brightest minds. Vision To overcome unsolved diseases through transformative biomedical research. Mission To drive a new era of discovery in disease-oriented science and to mentor tomorrow’s leaders in an inspiring and diverse environment.