InclusiveSTEM exists to educate scientists at all levels about the benefits of increasing diversity in STEM fields. It consists of seminars and workshops which present the scientific literature on diversity in Canadian STEM.

InclusiveSTEM is different from other EDI seminars and workshops because it focuses solely on the scientific literature and current statistics for Canadian STEM fields.

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Listen to me talk about women in STEM on CBC Quirks and Quarks

Writing effective EDI statements (seminar) – EDI statements are now required for tricouncil funding applications but most scientists do not know what goes into one. Additionally, scientists who are used to working with facts and figures cannot adequately write these statements without knowing what the literature says about EDI in science. This seminar will provide researchers with the knowledge to write outstanding EDI statements, all based on the scientific literature. It includes information about the productivity benefits of diverse scientific teams, the current numbers for diversity in Canadian STEM, and the controlled studies demonstrating bias in STEM. We will also discuss mechanisms for integrating good EDI principles with the daily lab environment and how to incorporate this information into effective EDI statements.

General Seminar – There is a profound lack of diversity in science labs and classrooms, which has a negative impact on productivity. Scientific research demonstrates that diverse groups are more creative and better able to solve problems. Though the perception is that things are improving, NSERC’s recently released report shows that attrition rates in Canadian STEM fields are higher for women than for men at all career stages and that the percentage of women has not changed substantially in the last 15 years. Racialized and Indigenous people are also underrepresented at Canadian universities. This seminar will explore the scientific research behind discrimination, including both overt and unconscious bias, and provide ideas for how to improve EDI in our everyday lives.

Faculty Seminar – NSERC now requires an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion statement on its applications and CIHR wants to know how you are incorporating sex and gender into your research but most faculty don’t even know what EDI is. This seminar takes the information provided in the general seminar and applies it to a faculty-specific audience, with a focus on the scientific research surrounding EDI in hiring, writing reference letters, reviewing grants, and managing trainees. Also included are tips and tricks for incorporating EDI into grant applications.

Workshop (Trainees and Staff) – This half-day workshop expands on the literature presented in the seminar for a general audience with discussion and small group activities. We will discuss the science behind why diversity matters and how unconscious bias affects our every day lives. Participants will gain practical experience in identifying and addressing issues that arise from unconscious bias.

Workshop (Faculty) – This half-day workshop includes the information provided in the faculty seminar and includes practical experience in identifying and addressing barriers that prevent increased diversity, strategies for incorporating diversity into research groups, and blue prints for writing effective EDI statements.

Past and future talks:

  • November 28, 2019 – Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
  • October 23, 2019 – Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, ON
  • October 8-9, 2019 – Michael Smith Labs, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • September 25, 2019 – Department of Chemistry, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
  • September 24, 2019 – Grant Assist Program, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • September 10, 2019 – Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • July 31, 2019 – Alberta Innovates HYRS Student Summer Research Program, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • July 17, 2019 – Glyco supergroup meeting, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • June 21, 2019 – Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • April 26, 2019 – Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • February 22, 2019 – HeForShe lecture, Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
  • February 19, 2019 – Faculty of Science, York University, Toronto, ON
  • February 15, 2019 – Department of Chemistry, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
  • February 11, 2019 – Faculty of Engineering, York University, Toronto, ON
  • January 16, 2019 – Antonescu/Botelho lab meeting, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
  • November 21, 2018 – Department of Chemistry and Biology, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
  • November 7, 2018 – Nitz/Woolley/Zamble lab meeting, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON