A risk assessment response to #ShutDownSTEM

On June 9, 2020, I became aware of the trending hashtag #ShutDownSTEM and a plan in many quarters of the academic and technology world to take a global stand against anti-black racism in science. This was to take place the following day on June 10, 2020. While it was clear to me that the intent was to directly participate in what is now a worldwide protest against institutional racism, police brutality, and other serious social issues that have been bedeviling society for centuries, I felt that rather than addressing these issues by spending a day away from STEM-related…