SACNAS National Diversity in STEM (NDiSTEM) Digital Conference
Attending the 2021 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM (NDiSTEM) Digital Conference? Don’t miss our session, led by ACS Scholars alum Eliza J. Herrero!
Promoting and Advocating for Your Career, presented by ACS on Campus
Self-advocacy is defined as the act of representing yourself or your views and interests. Harmless enough, right? So why do many of us resist self-advocating? Professor Jen Heemstra writes in C&EN that there are two main causes for this resistance – personality and socialization. Personality differences mean some of us feel uncomfortable or inauthentic if we are in the spotlight. Socialization and social pressures also come into play, particularly with women in STEM, and in certain cultures. If you were taught to take the back seat in terms of recognition, then self-advocacy feels like you are doing something wrong. But you aren’t doing anything wrong!
Gain a strong understanding of advocacy, the benefits of self-advocacy, and actionable strategies for successfully advocating for your career.
All attendees will have chance to win prizes!
Promoting and Advocating for Your Career
Eliza J. Herrero, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Minnesota; ACS Scholars Alumna
Eliza J. Herrero
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Minnesota; ACS Scholars Alumna
Eliza Herrero is a Chemistry Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota, where she works under the supervision of Dr. Phil Bühlmann and is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her research focuses on the translation of traditional ion-selective electrodes into miniaturized platforms on novel substrates for point-of-care usage. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Sociology as a proud ACS Scholar. While there, she worked with Dr. Marya Lieberman on the development of paper analytical devices for the detection of counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Upon graduating from Notre Dame she served in Nicaragua and also taught middle school chemistry domestically before deciding to return to school herself. She is passionate about the potential for point-of-care based diagnostics to increase access to equitable health care in resource-limited/remote areas and plans to work towards this goal after finishing her doctorate.