Home » Blog » #ShutDownSTEM


The confluence of the coronavirus pandemic with the racism pandemic is profoundly disturbing.  This is a time for us all to recommit to community. It’s also a time for listening and reflecting. 

#ShutDownSTEM is a grassroots movement that aims to “transition to a lifelong commitment of actions to eradicate anti-Black racism in academia and STEM.”

Consider taking time to learn more about these issues by using the resources listed below as well as those suggested by #ShutDownSTEM.

Statements from Alliance Members

American Association For The Advancement of Science CEO Sudip Parikh’s Statement on #ShutDownSTEM and Black Lives Matter

American Association for Dental Research Statement on Equity and Inclusion

American Education Research Association Presidential Statement on Police Killings of Black People

American Geophysical Union demands diversity, equity and inclusion

American Heart Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, American College of Cardiology Issue Joint Statement on Health Equity, Social Justice, and Civil Unrest

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering: National Crisis Statement

American Meteorological Society Statement from President Mary Glackin on Racism and Inequity

American Psychological Association We Must Unmute

American Public Health Association Statement on Racism as a Public Health Crisis

American Thoracic Society Responds to the Death of George Floyd and Subsequent Events

Association for Women in Science Statement on Standing Together Against Systemic Racism

Biology Innovation Organization CEO Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath’s Keynote Address

Council on Undergraduate Research Statement

National Alliance on Mental Illness Statement on Mental Health Resources for African Americans


Racism and Health (APHA)

How Gender and Race Stereotypes Impact the Advancement of Scholars in STEM (Springer)

Invisible Labor (Inside HigherEd)

Implicit Bias and Racial Disparities in Health Care (American Bar Association)

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism (Robin Diangelo)

How Racism Creeps Into Medicine (The Atlantic)

Health Disparities Fact Sheet

COVID-19: Social Distancing Sheds Light on Health Disparities


Code Switch

Code-switching is the practice of shifting between languages or forms of expression in different contexts. Code Switch explores race and how it impacts every part of society.

The Site Black Woman Podcast

This bi-weekly podcast features reflections and conversations about Black women’s ideas and intellectual contributions inside and outside of academia.