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SMRTS Webinar – Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) Experiences in STEM: Confronting Racism in Academia
Although the Canadian university experience is often viewed as an open and inclusive opportunity based solely on merit, discrimination and exclusion based on race is very real. Our panel will raise awareness of racism in all its manifestations, but primarily the unconscious bias and microaggressions, in STEM departments and within academia in general. The panel will also discuss how to be anti-racist, practice empathy and understanding, and acknowledge privilege. Finally, we will consider methods for outreach, recruitment, and retention that will ensure BIPOC researchers are better represented within STEM.

Participants will learn to:
1. Recognize systemic barriers for BIPOC in academia
2. Embrace their agency to help create a more equitable environment
3. Adjust methods of academic outreach and recruitment to include BIPOC communities
4. More effectively support BIPOC to maximize retention


• Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health; Canadian Research Chair in Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan; AGE-WELL NCE Network Investigator
• Dr. Alexandra Davis, Post-doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Science at University of Alberta; HQP, MEOPAR NCE, and; a Member of the Canadian Black Scientists Network
• Dr. Mikhail Burke, Dean’s Advisor on Black Inclusivity Initiatives and Student Inclusion & Transition Mentor, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto

Moderated by:

• Dr. Azadeh Yadollahi, Scientist, KITE; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee Chair, UHN Research; Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto


Oct 7, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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