Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Academia With Shaz Zamore (Rerun)

This week on the show, I’m bringing you yet another treasure from the vault – my Season 2 conversation with Shaz Zamore about their vision for the future of academia. During my conversation with Shaz, I got a glimpse at what that change can look like – we dove into the current diversity and inclusivity challenges facing academia today and into how addressing them can change the face of science and research.


What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Current roadblocks to diversity in university and in research
  • How we can widen the horizons of minorities early on
  • What has to change to make academia a really inclusive environment
  • Why having a support group where you can drop your guard is key
  • What a mentor can look like if you’re working in uncharted territory
  • Best practices for widening your network of likeminded people
  • How changing how science and research is depicted on all media can positively impact young people who are minoritized or intersectional
  • How to think of your PhD from the point of view of the private sector and of entrepreneuship
  • The importance of finding joy and of giving yourself the rest you need, in whichever form it takes for you

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Shaz Zamore

Shaz Zamore is a neuroengineer and STEAM Outreach Coordinator at CU Boulder. Looking to revolutionize access to STEAM learning, they are creating innovative interactive tools aimed at intersectional minoritized middle school students. Outside of work, Shaz has a penchant for creative coding, snowboarding, baking bread and woodworking.

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Thank you, Shaz Zamore!

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