Seminar Diversity Initiative

The Seminar Diversity Initiative was developed with the goal of increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in divisional science seminars by supporting seminar speakers from backgrounds that have historically been underrepresented in STEM. This initiative complements our Diversity Seminar, which brings diverse speakers to Lamont to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of the weekly Lamont Colloquium Series.

Kailani Acosta

Spearheaded by graduate student Kailani Acosta, the goals of the Seminar Diversity Initiative are:

  1. To support at least 3 underrepresented minority (URM) speakers per year in each of our five research divisions
  2. To increase the number of women, other genders, and non-binary speakers
  3. To increase visibility and representation of URM speakers

Speaker Demographics:

  • Gender: For the 2019-2020 year, around 45% of speakers identified as women.
  • Race & Ethnicity: For the 2019-2020 year, around 39% of speakers were from underrepresented groups, with 17% identifying as Hispanic/Latinx, 14% identifying as Asian, and 8% identifying as Black.


Our seminar presentations typically run about 45 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions. The audience is comprised mostly of students, postdocs, and faculty, usually from the Research Division in which you are presenting, but these presentations are open to the entire Lamont community. If you are available all day, we usually schedule additional meetings with graduate students, post-docs, and faculty before and/or after your talk. 

Notes for Speakers:

  • We would welcome hearing about any broader impacts/outreach and DEI work that you and/or your groups have done, even if it is not directly related to the scientific research presented in your talk

  • Please include your email, website, twitter, and any other platform that you would like others to see

  • Before your visit, let us know if you would like the seminar recorded