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Creating an Inclusive Science Ecosystem: A panel discussion on equity, diversity and inclusion in academia

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 15:00to17:30
Leacock Building, room 232, CA

What is the current state of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in academia and the world of science? Why is EDI such an important factor in optimizing the academic ecosystem? What can faculty, staff, and students do to help get us to a fully inclusive academic world?

Panelists will address these questions and more by drawing from their EDI-related research and activism, as well as their personal experience as members of the academic community, to define the current gaps and envision practical change processes.

The panel will be followed by a networking session with complimentary refreshments.

All are welcome. Registration is required to reserve your spot!


Panelists include:

Dr. Imogen Coe
Professor of Chemistry and Biology (and former founding Dean, 2012-18), Faculty of Science, Ryerson University
Recipient of a WXN 2016 Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, Trailblazer Award for advocacy in support of EDI in STEM


Florence Ashley
LLM candidate with a specialisation in bioethics, McGill University
Recipient of the 2018 Canadian Bar Association's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Section (SOGIC) Hero Award


Emil Briones
Faculty Lecturer, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University
Recipient of McGill’s Award for Equity and Community Building
External Affiliation: Community Researcher, Centre for Community Organizations


Kakwiranó:ron Cook
Special Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives, McGill University
Member of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne (Quebec/Ontario/New York), and the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation at Pine Ridge (South Dakota)


Natalie Martiniello
PhD Candidate in Vision Science, Universite de Montreal
Member of the Wittich Vision Impairment research lab; Recipient of the Mitacs, Ross C. Purse and FRQS doctoral fellowships
President of Braille Literacy Canada


Dr. Eldad Tsabary
Associate Professor, Department of Music, Concordia University
Chair of the 2019 International Conference on Arts and Humanities (Decolonization in the arts and humanities)


The panel will be moderated by Dr. Natasha Rajah, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, McGill University.



We aim to create a safe and accessible space to ensure that everyone is able to participate fully in the event.

Participation in this event is free of charge. The venue is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible and gender-neutral washrooms are available on the 5thfloor of the Leacock building.

Participants are invited to make us aware of any barriers to their participation or any accommodations that we can provide: info [at]




The event is co-organized by Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives and the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music.

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