Listen to my discussion with Bob McDonald about women in STEM on CBC Quirks and Quarks

InclusiveSTEM is a literature-based and data-driven framework for improving the participation of individuals from the four designated groups (women, racialized people, Indigenous peoples, and those with disabilities) in STEM. It is comprised of presentations and workshops that provide faculty, staff and trainees with the current statistics for Canadian STEM fields as well as the scientific literature on the benefits of working in diverse groups, the manifestations of bias (both unconscious and intentional), and best practices for improving.

InclusiveSTEM is different from other EDI programs because it uses data to identify issues, challenges and opportunities with regards to under-representation in STEM, and is designed to be accessible to everyone from those just starting to engage with EDI practices to seasoned experts.

If you would like more information or to have me speak in your workplace, please contact me.

Read our new paper: Twelve Principles Trainees, PIs, Departments, and Faculties Can Use to Reduce Bias and Discrimination in STEM

Willis, Mehta, and Davis ACS Central Science 2020

Top 10 Strategies to Fix the Problem of Bias and Discrimination in STEM – We are better scientists when we surround ourselves with people of diverse identities and backgrounds – we are more creative, we process facts more carefully, and we are more productive. However, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence demonstrating that people from under-represented groups (URGs), including women, racialized and Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals, continue to face substantial discrimination in STEM. This discrimination occurs as both overt bias, where one person thinks they are better than another, and unconscious bias, which is expressed through unintended actions that arise from repeated exposure to pervasive cultural stereotypes. Regardless of intent, both overt and unconscious bias result in discrimination against individuals from URGs. More importantly, our independent biases collectively contribute to a culture that systematically discriminates against people from URGs in STEM. While this problem has been recognized for decades, it is concerning that in Canada, the USA, and much of Europe, the percentage of people from URGs obtaining postsecondary degrees, especially at the MSc and PhD levels, has not substantially improved in over a decade. We need to do something different if we are to fix the problem of discrimination in STEM. We need to acknowledge that our individual actions contribute to a collective society that collectively discriminates against people and that we all need to actively work on a daily basis to change this culture. This seminar will provide concrete action items that trainees, PIs, departments, and faculties can use to increase the participation and lived experiences of people from URGs in STEM.

Writing Effective EDI Statements – EDI statements are now required for funding and job 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 STEM. This seminar will provide researchers with the knowledge of how 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 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.

Seminars – These seminars are 50 min + time for questions and can be tailored for a general or specific audience.

Workshops – 1.5 – 3h workshops expand on the information provided in the seminars and involve interactive discussions and active learning activities to identify challenges and opportunities in your specific environment. These workshops can be done virtually (during COVID) or in person.

Past and future talks:

  • November 9, 2020 – WISDOM, University of Manitoba, Virtual
  • September 23, 2020 – Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Virtual
  • September 15, 2020 – University of Windsor, Virtual
  • July 16, 2020 – Alberta Innovates HYRS Student Summer Research Program, Universities of Alberta and Calgary, Virtual
  • June 25, 2020 – Transforming Autism Care Consortium, Virtual
  • May 23-24, 2020 – LOGIC 2020, Virtual
  • May 5, 2020 – Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association, University of Alberta, Virtual
  • April 17, 2020 – Academic Women’s Association, University of Alberta, Virtual
  • February 21, 2020 – Open Doors in STEAM Keynote, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC
  • February 19, 2020 – Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • January 29, 2020 – Alberta Transplant Institute, Edmonton, AB
  • January 13, 2020 – Building the Equity Bridge, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
  • November 29, 2019 – Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
  • November 28, 2019 – UVic Women in Science STEM Symposium, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
  • November 26, 2019 – UAlberta Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry, (UAWIC), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • November 21, 2019 – Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
  • November 12, 2019 – Dean’s lecture, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • 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