SEISMIC Conversations is a new event series for SEISMIC Working Group members. The Speaker Events Bureau is hosting three SEISMIC Conversations during the 2021-2022 academic year. Each event will have a general topic and will feature presenters from across our Working Groups to share on works-in-progress. The purpose of these events is to keep SEISMIC members informed, involved, and engaged in our work. It is also to provide opportunities for members to get feedback on works-in-progress.



  1. Thursday October 28, 2021, 3-4 pm EDT
  2. Thursday January 27, 2022, 3-4 pm EDT
  3. Thursday March 24, 2022, 3-4 pm EDT


Calendar invites with Zoom information will be sent directly to Working Group members in early October 2021.

Conversation #1: Increasing Awareness of DEI Issues

Thursday October 28, 2021, 3-4 pm EDT

Presentation Topics

  • Critical Race Theory Primer for STEM Instructors and Researchers (Presenter – Framework Analysis Project Team)
  • Equity Measures for Cross-Institutional Analyses (Presenter – Ben Koester)

Conversation #2: Taking Concrete Action: Moving Beyond Awareness

Thursday January 27, 2021, 3-4 pm EDT

Presentation Topics

  • Ecological-Belonging Interventions and Performance Gaps  (Presenter – Sarah Hammarlund)

Conversation #3: A New Standard for STEM Excellence

Thursday March 24, 2021, 3-4 pm EDT

Details TBA

Information for Presenters 

Thank you for presenting at one of our virtual SEISMIC Conversations! We have provided some information below to help you prepare for the event.


  • SEISMIC Conversations are scheduled for one hour
  • The first half hour will be for presentations from different SEISMIC members. You will have 7 minutes to present (this does not include Q&A).
  • Following the presentations, attendees will be moved to breakout rooms for discussion. The SEISMIC Speaker Events Bureau will provide discussion prompts.
  • We will wrap up the session with Q&A time as a whole group. 


Preparing Your Presentation

  • You will have 7 minutes to present. Though PowerPoint slides are not required, if you plan to use them we suggest that you limit the presentation to no more than 10 slides.
  • Please keep in mind that attendees may be more or less familiar with the work of your Working Group. Keep your presentations at a high enough level so all attendees can engage with it.
  • We recommend organizing your presentation to address the following questions:
    • What are the top 2-3 things your team has accomplished thus far as it relates to today’s Conversation Topic? (see topics above)
    • How does your work relate to SEISMIC’s overall goal to make introductory STEM courses more equitable and inclusive?
    • What are your next steps for this work?
    • What would you appreciate feedback, questions, or insight on?
  • Please include contact information in your presentation for people to reach out if they have additional questions or feedback following the event.