Reflections on making an inclusive research environment

About this video

People in the LGBTQI+ communities can be misrepresented within research and academic communities. In this module, the experts will discuss some of the basic language around people in the LGBTQI+ community, describing similarities and differences between groups in this community that is itself diverse. It will suggest how to make the research environment more welcoming and inclusive for all and why it is beneficial for researchers to do so.

In this module you'll learn definitions of the groups in the LGBTQI+ community. You'll come away with understanding of some of the language frequently used and it’s meaning, how to debunk common myths, and simple steps to be more inclusive of the LGBTQI+ community.

About the presenter

Jan J. Eldridge

Head of Department, Department of Physics, University of Auckland.

Dr Jan Eldridge is currently an Associate Professor and Head of Department of the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland. Her general research concerns the lives and deaths of stars, from those in our own Galaxy to those in galaxies at the edge of the observable Universe. Particularly the effects of binary interactions on the lives of binary stars and how these change the appearance of galaxies, alter the rates of different types of supernovae and gravitational wave events. She also works towards making academia more inclusive and equitable, and is a member of the Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable Astronomy (IDEA) committee of the Astronomical Society of Australia. She also leads the Trans on Campus and Rainbow Science groups at the University of Auckland.