Workshop series: Difficult conversations in science

Thursday, February 29, 2024 16:30toThursday, April 4, 2024 17:30

Dear students, faculty and staff from the Faculty of Science,

Science is for everyone, but some people face inequities or barriers that discourage them from pursuing their interests in STEM fields. Would you like to understand these topics more deeply, and practice being an active bystander when possible? Have you heard the words "microaggression" or "allyship" and wondered what the fuss is all about? Or wondered what you can do to help promote a positive climate for all?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join us in a series of three workshops targeted specifically for people in STEM: undergrads, grad students, postdocs, lecturers, faculty, staff - everyone is welcome!

Workshop details: 

Th Feb 29,2:30 – 4:30pm in room ARTS 150: Workshop #1. The Definition of a Scientist.

Explore the common meaning of the word "scientist", and how this impacts belonging and success in STEM for various people.

Th Mar 21,2:30 – 4:30pm in room ARTS 150: Workshop #2. Mind the Microaggressions.

Learn about microaggressions in science, how and why these seemingly small incidents can add up, and how to avoid them. Apply this knowledge to a case study based on a true story.

Th Apr 4,2:30 – 4:30pm in room ARTS 150: Workshop #3. Be an Active Bystander.

Improve your “climate skills” by understanding the five stages of being an active bystander, as well as the benefits and barriers to intervening. Practice in various scenarios.


These workshops build on each other and are best taken together, but you can register for single workshops if needed. Please register here by Monday Feb 26, 5pm since spots are limited. 


The workshops will be facilitated by Rosalie Bélanger-Rioux, Faculty Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This series is sponsored by the Faculty of Science's Equity and Climate Committee (SECC).



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