Intro to Inclusive Science Communication: 
A primer for grad students and postdocs

How do scientists learn to become effective communicators? 

These hands-on workshops led by graduate students are designed to help you develop your communication skills and practice engaging diverse audiences. We will explore common challenges, like identifying your audience, shaping your message, and translating jargon through an Inclusive SciComm lens. Choose the workshop that best meets your needs and interests.

Free | Registration Required | Choose from three dates in April.

SciComm for Qualitative Researchers

April 10, 2023, 8:30-10:30
240 Northrop Auditorium
(IAS Conference Room)
Minneapolis Campus

SciComm for Quantitative Researchers

April 17, 2023, 8:30-10:30
105 Cargill
(Cargill Auditorium)
St. Paul Campus

SciComm for BIPOC

April 24, 2023, 8:30-10:30
101 Walter
(Walter Libary)
Minneapolis Campus


Abha Panda Headshot

Abha Panda is currently a first-year PhD student in the Conservation Sciences graduate program where she works on invasive species management and lake revegetation as part of the Larkin Lab. She graduated with a B.S. in environmental studies from the University of Michigan and has previously held roles as project manager and non-profit coordinator for organizations focused on environmental and social justice. Most recently, Abha worked at the U-M Center for Social Solutions as a research communications assistant and is excited to continue pursuing her passion for science communication and community-based work in grad school. Outside of work, Abha enjoys reading, cooking, and playing clarinet in the UMN campus bands.

Achala Narayanan Headshot

Achala Narayanan (she/her) is a first year PhD student in the Plant and Microbial Biology program. She studies the ecology of microbial communities in soil systems facing environmental change. Her personal and research experiences have developed her passion for science communication and climate solutions that center on environmental justice. 



Cuc Vu Headshot

Cuc (pronounced “Cook”) Kim Vu is a graduate student in the STEM Education program at the University of Minnesota. Her research interest broadly involves Inequities in representation of marginalized populations in STEM disciplines. Her focused research involves investigating barriers that result in a higher percentage of BIPOC students exiting STEM disciplines compared to non-BIPOC students. Her positionality as a Vietnamese American woman, first generation, and refugee has been a main drive in forming her interest and research focus on understanding barriers and creating pathways for BIPOC students in STEM.  

Jessica Tran Headshot

Jessica Tran (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in Natural Resource Science and Management. She is interested in designing research to be equitable and accessible to those at the forefront of issues like climate change. Her academic, field, and research experiences cultivated a devotion to community science and environmental justice.

Risa Luther (Headshot)

Risa Luther (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in Biological Anthropology studying living and fossil monkeys and apes and what they eat, the environments they live(d) in, and what the evolution of our earliest ape ancestors can teach us about ourselves. When she’s not in Minnesota, you’ll find her in rainforests watching monkeys eat or museums looking at fossil teeth and other than that, there’s really no place she’d rather be than home on a walk with her partner and dog. Her commitment to science communication developed from growing up in a community that lacked consistent and clear messaging in science and STEMM communication coupled with her experience as a Latina kid who loved asking science-y questions in school but was regularly advised against pursuing science due to her identities. With a belief that hard work and laughter are the perfect pair, Risa works alongside a cohort of BIPOC women facilitators to develop and present workshops on science communication strategies and skills cultivation for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty at the University of Minnesota.

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