Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
I have a long history of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, with a focus on increasing underrepresented minorities (URM's) in the sciences. As a Latina who grew up in poverty and a disadvantaged background, I often share my personal and academic story with hopes to inspire people who look like me to not give up on their scientific dreams. Representation really does matter and if I had not had a mentor or role model who looked like me, I would have likely given up.
Since 2004, I have been a member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS). SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. I attend the SACNAS national conference each year, which includes giving talks/presentations, organizing and leading sessions, judging posters, participating in mentoring sessions, and being part of their SACNAS leadership institute initiatives. I value serving in efforts that help increase URMs in the sciences, including giving motivational talks and research presentations to K-12 classes / schools, colleges, and conferences.
Below are some featured podcasts/talks/articles which share my story....
MARCH FOR SCIENCE– SEATTLE 2017 (Speaker – Diversity in Science in STEM - April 22, 2017. Seattle, WA) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYnyB71YKl4
WHEN SCIENCE SPEAKS– hosted by Mark Bayer (Podcast - Posted Aug 25, 2020)
"First Generation College Student to Associate Professor of Biology with Tracie Delgado, PhD"
SACNAS National Conference 2017 (Motivational Speaker. Oct 18-21, 2017. Salt Lake City, UT.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K8qsYpV4b0&t=231s
Forging a STEM career when you grew up asking, 'What are we eating today?' To undo STEM's elitism, cancer researcher Tracie Delgado offers burgeoning scientists a network of support. (Crosscut article - March 29, 2019)