Free Radicals creates workshops that engage communities on knowledge justice issues in fun and accessible ways. If you are interested in inviting Free Radicals to facilitate one of our existing workshops, or in collaborating on creating a new workshop, please email freeradicalsblog@gmail.com

Our Workshops

People’s History of Science

Our Science History is Whitewashed.

We created a People’s History of Science as a counter-narrative to everything that is normally said about science – about how science is neutral, how science is objective, how science is the ultimate truth. But Whose Knowledge are we talking about when we say Western science? And how did we get to the point of having only one science that is seen as legitimate – when diverse knowledge traditions around the world gave us countless discoveries and innovations.

This workshop explores the ‘cultural fingerprint’ of Western Science, unravels its history of imperialism, and reflects upon how that history impacts what types of people can access Western science today. Participants will connect how their encounters with Western Science are mediated by their identities as women, queer and trans people, people of color, and disabled peoples.

Research Justice 101

How do we practice a just science? We created Research Justice 101 because we wanted to move beyond critique of science and imagine a knowledge creation process that was grounded in our values of community empowerment, accountability, and justice.

This action-oriented workshop is designed for scientists who want to align their social justice values with their research practices. We present an introduction to feminist science theory as well as an alternative to the scientific method – the feminist inquiry of science adapted from Deboleena Roy’s Feminist Theory in Science. Participants will leave with frameworks and action items for how to adjust their research practice to incorporate a feminist science lens.

Sciencewashing

What happens when the lab moves in down the street? This presentation dives into sciencewashing – or science-driven gentrification. Participants will learn about the aggressive role research institutions have historically played in gentrifying neighborhoods and displacing communities. We take an in-depth approach to how industries such as biotech create economies and neighborhoods for an already-privileged professional class at the expense of the low-income communities of color they displace.

Diversity in STEM

STEM fields are notorious for being dominated by White and Asian men, with some fields such as physics having as few as 18% women PhDs and 2% Black PhDs. Many diversity efforts in STEM have focused on recruitment of women and people of color, without tackling many of the structural and cultural barriers that exclude people from participating.

This workshop is designed for professional and academic groups that are looking to address diversity inequities in their programs. Through collective brainstorming and analysis, participants generate proposals for how to dismantle barriers in their institution and create new pipelines accessible to diverse groups of people.