Equity and inclusion in action: Summer STEM series

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Are you faculty, staff, post-doc or a graduate student leading an EDI initiative in the STEM field? This summer, join our virtual, informal, themed, community-of-practice sessions to help you create action within your unit.

Themes will range from supporting graduate student well-being to inclusive assessments and disaggregated data collection to support equity and inclusion. This series has been developed specifically for EDI champions within STEM fields (e.g. Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Applied Science, Land and Food System, Forestry, Pharmacy and Medicine) who already have some competencies in these topics. 

If you are in the initial stages of building personal awareness about topics such as oppression, white supremacy or decolonization, visit websites such as CTLT Indigenous Initiatives or University of Colorado Denver or get in touch with Maï Yasué for suggestions to other resources.

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 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:

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

Upcoming sessions

June 16

12:30-2:00 pm

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?

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June 23

12:30-2:00 pm

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?

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June 30

12:30-2:00 pm

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?

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July 7

12:30-2:00 pm

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?

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July 14

12:30-2:00 pm

  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?

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July 21

12:30-2:00 pm

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?

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July 28

12:30-2:00 pm

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?

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August 4

12:30-2:00 pm

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?

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August 11

12:30-2:00 pm

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?

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August 18

12:30-2:00 pm

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?

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