I completed my BS at UC Irvine, MS at SIU Carbondale, and PhD at UC San Diego. I now work at UCLA. I have been involved in diversity outreach in the sciences at every institution and worked directly as a program director for diversity outreach summer programs for nearly a decade. The single largest obstacle to diversification in the sciences is pay at the post-doctoral level and beyond. In the US we are increasingly seeing the post-doc demographic shift towards international students with little to no student debt and to affluent Americans (usually of majority ethnic group background) who can afford to post-doc at low pay for several years, this is not an option for poor students.
Topic: Workforce diversity
Postdocs who are trying to raise a family while training for a scientific career need more support…Increasing support for postdoc parents would go a long way to increasing diversity at the postdoc and faculty stages, especially in the STEM fields where postdocs are longer and more common…