Equity and Inclusion in Action: STEM Series

Colourful beakers and a caption that reads Equity and Inclusion in Action STEM Series

Are you faculty, staff, a post-doc scholar or a graduate student leading or supporting a Justice, Equity, Decolonization, Indigenization and Inclusion (JEDII) initiative in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)? Join our virtual, informal, themed, community-of-practice sessions to help you create action within your unit.

Themes this year will range from considering JEDII within your research program, to setting up inclusive search processes for faculty and staff. This series has been developed specifically for people who lead and support JEDII within STEM fields (e.g. Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Applied Science, Land and Food Systems, Forestry, Pharmacy and Medicine) and who already have some competencies in JEDII-related topics.

If you are in the initial stages of building personal awareness about topics such as oppression, white supremacy or decolonization, visit CTLT Indigenous Initiatives or University of Colorado Denver or get in touch with Maï Yasué for more suggestions and resources (mai.yasue@ubc.ca).

Session structure

Prior to each weekly session, you will receive a short reading or a video clip to orient you to some of the discussion topics for the session. Each session will begin with a 10-15 minute presentation introducing some of the themes related to the topic as well as some facilitated interactive exercises. The remaining time will consist of an interactive panel discussion, as well as break-out sessions with questions to discuss and opportunities for participants to bring specific challenges that they face with respect to EDI in their units to the facilitators and participants in order to learn and share resources. The sessions will be primarily facilitated by Maï Yasué (Equity Strategist for the Faculty of Science) and Greg Lockwood (Equity Strategist for the Faculty of Applied Sciences) with other staff from the Equity Office, Skylight and CTLT as well as faculty and staff from STEM units.

Goals of the sessions:

  • Build a sense of community across STEM for people working on JEDII within their units.
  • Enhance a sense of self-efficacy through sharing of resources, knowledge, and expertise.
  • Through exchanges of ideas, develop a deeper understanding of some of the systemic barriers to JEDII within STEM in order to coordinate action across different units.

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Upcoming sessions

October 14

2:00-3:30 pm

In this session we will share resources on how and why researchers may want to consider JEDII in their research programs. We will discuss topics such as how to support equity-deserving groups within your research labs and co-develop research programs with communities.

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November 18

2:00-3:30 pm

In this session, you will have an opportunity to deepen your own engagement with UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan and identify your own actions in terms of research, service and teaching. You will also get to hear from a panel of Indigenous scholars within STEM at UBC and learn more about their work in decolonizing or Indigenizing science and teaching.

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December 9

2:00-3:30

In this session, we will share strategies on how to effectively respond to common critiques against JEDII in STEM. By working through scenarios in small groups and sharing tips and tricks, we hope to advance our fluency (and speed) in re-framing JEDII issues and effectively communicating JEDII to people who oppose JEDII.

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January 20

2:00-3:30

In this session we will discuss recommendations and practices for faculty and staff review in service, research and teaching to further diversity and inclusion within STEM at UBC. We hope to hear about what work different units are doing in terms of activity reports, tenure review process and annual reviews with respect to JEDII.

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February 17

2:00-3:30

Here we will discuss and exchange ideas about best practices in terms of four key steps of setting an inclusive and equitable search process in hiring. We will look at how to write job descriptions that will lead equity-seeking groups to apply, how to create search committees, how to develop a rubric to assess candidates (and consider JEDII credentials) and how to expand your pool of applicants.

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Past sessions

Key Questions explored in this workshop:

  1.   What are the tools that are available to support EDI action?
  2.   How do we identify strategic approaches within a unit?
  3.   What are the range of different types of EDI actions that may lead to long-term, socio-cultural change?

Key Questions explored in this workshop:

  1. What are the specific challenges to designing inclusive and decolonizing courses in STEM?
  2. What are inclusive assessment practices that are currently being used in remote or in-person classes?

Key Questions explored in this workshop:

  1. What are strategies to enhance inclusion in your labs and classes?
  2. What are specific barriers to inclusion in labs?
  3. What are the structural or systemic changes that can help to create more inclusive learning environments in classes and labs?

This session is open to all faculty, staff and trainees who are interested in promoting well-being for trainees.

Key Questions explored in this workshop::

  1. What are inclusive practices that you’ve experienced currently or in the past as a grad student that supported a sense of belonging? 
  2. What are autonomy-supportive and effective supervisory practices in STEM?
  3. How does power and privilege affect grad student mentorship in labs and research? 
  4. What are specific challenges for graduate students who are part of marginalized groups? What are structural or systemic changes that can mitigate these challenges?

  1. Key Questions explored in this workshop:
    1.   How does social capital enhance student learning?
    2.   How do you build community and social capital within the classroom? 
    3. What are the practices that faculty in STEM are currently using to build relationships within classes?

Key Questions explored in this workshop:

  1.   Why is it important to address the “minority tax” in academia?
  2.   What have units done to reward and remunerate equity and inclusion work?
  3.   What are actions that units have taken to shift the work-load?
  4.   What are strategies that can help get more people to support EDI action?

Key Questions explored in this workshop:

  1.   What are simple steps in your syllabi and classes that can enhance inclusion? 
  2.   How can you use universal design to develop a syllabus that will save you time and lead to student success?

Key Questions explored in this workshop:

  1. What unit-level actions may help to support the retention and recruitment of IBPOC within STEM? 
  2. What unit-level actions may help to support the retention and recruitment of 2SLGBTQ+ folks within STEM? 
  3. How can units help to build community, networks and mentorship?

Key Questions explored in this workshop:

  1.   What are the actions and attitudes of leaders who can help build inclusive environments?
  2.   How can I, as a leader, shift from a bystander to an upstander?
  3.   “but I’m a straight, white, guy... what does diversity have to do with me?”
  4.   How can EDI champions support leadership to create a more inclusive unit?

Key Questions explored in this workshop:

  1. What are the types of data that may help to advance EDI action? 
  2. What resources are available to supports units to collect data in a manner that is effective, ethical and efficient?
  3. What are the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative approaches?