Wendy Thomas, associate professor of bioengineering and vice chair of academic affairs, delivered the plenary talk at Oct. 8’s Strengthening STEM through Diversity, an all-day UW event focused on inclusivity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Dr. Thomas, a Seattle native and graduate of Garfield High School, spoke about her experience as an openly lesbian woman in STEM and her role as a mentor. “When we share experiences, it helps us to know where others are coming from and who can help us when we are in need,” she said.

The event also included a panel of student leaders including representatives from Out in STEM (oStem), Women in Chemical Sciences (WCSUW), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos, Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

The UW Daily reported on the event – read the story.