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LGBTQIA+ Visibility in STEM @ Bookstore Cafe

By Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe

Join Bookstore cafe to celebrate visibility & representation of LGBTQIA+ people and their allies working in STEM and STEM-supporting jobs, who collectively represent a powerful force of scientific progress and discovery!  Soho Community Events

Co-presented by 500 Queer ScientistsACES NYC, & Know Science.

This event aims to create opportunities for community connections, and greater queer prominence within STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Improved LGBTQIA+ visibility ensures that the next STEM generation has LGBTQ+ role models, and helps the current generation know that they’re not alone.


Claudia Astorino: evolutionary biologist, biological anthropologist, & intersex activist

Cecina Babich Morrow:  Helen Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History

Ang Contreras: member of oSTEM at Stevens Institute Of Technology

Alex Moore: Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History

Micah Savin: Clinical Psychology PhD at Fordham University

Greg Youdan: PhD student in Kinesiology at Teachers College, Columbia

Sara Van Eerde: MSc from NYU Silver School of Social Work


Ang Contreras (they, them) – representing oSTEM at Stevens Institute Of Technology.

Micah Savin (they, them) – Clinical Psychology PhD at Fordham University & first-generation queer Native American. Savin is a National Science FoundationGraduate Research Fellow and Ford Foundation Fellowship ProgramHonorable Mention. Their National Science Foundation project investigates the neurocognitive implications of minority stress among LGBTQ culturally/linguistically diverse adults.

Cecina Babich Morrow (she, her) – Helen Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History. She works with Mary Blair in the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation on the open-source species distribution modeling software WallaceFollow her on Twitter.

Alex Moore – Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History conducting scientific research with a focus on biodiversity conservation, and adjunct professor in Columbia University. PhD from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, focusing on how predator-prey interactions impact the health and functioning of wetland ecosystems.

Greg Youdan (he, him) – PhD student in Kinesiology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Youdan is an instructor/lecturer in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences and is the lab manager of the Neurorehabilitation Research Laboratory, where his research focuses on Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. He is a dancer, and teaches Pilates. Follow him on Twitter.

Claudia Astorino (she, her) – Evolutionary biologist and biological anthropologist Ph.D. student at CUNY Graduate Center, and an intersex activist raising awareness about intersex human rights issues. Astorino is co-founder of the NYC Annual Intersex Awareness Day and former Associate Director of the US chapter of Organization Intersex International. She is a committee member of gAyAPA – the organization for LGBTQQIAA physical anthropologists in the U.S. Follow her on Twitter.

Sara Van Eerde (she/her, they/them) – MSc from NYU Silver School of Social Work. While at Muhlenberg College, Sara pursued a Psychology major and a self-designed Gender and Sexuality studies major. At Global Kids, Sara provides one-on-one counseling, co-facilitates the Human Rights Activist Project, and leads an LGBTQ+ and Allies support group and a Wellness Club. In February, she served as Global Kids’ representative and “Youth for the Sustainable Development Goals” scholar. Sara focuses on sustainable development goal #5: Gender Equality and how that is necessary to bring into any conversation about equality and environmentalism.


With information tables from Aces NYC, oSTEM, and Out in Tech.

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126 Crosby St, Bookstore Cafe
New York, NY 10012


Event Date: Jul 15, 2019
Event Time: 6:00PM
Event Duration: 2 hours

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