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.

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. This is meant for a general audience that includes trainees, staff, and faculty.

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.

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.

Seminar for Chairs, Deans, and Directors – With Canada’s new Dimensions program starting and huge emphasis now placed on institutional EDI (large grants, the CRC program, etc), now is the time to be addressing administrative changes which can improve EDI in your division. Individual faculty members can only effect so much change but improvements in departmental and faculty procedures can transform the culture of an institution. Learn what you can do to make impactful, sustained changes that improve the EDI profile of your organization.

Workshops – Half-day workshops expand on the information provided in the seminars and involve interactive discussions to identify challenges and opportunities in your specific environment.

Past and future talks:

  • June 25, 2020 – Transforming Autism Care Consortium, Virtual
  • May 23-24, 2020 – LOGIC 2020, 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