STEM Equity and Inclusion Events


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STEM Equity and Inclusion Events for 2021-2022

JEDII STEM Summer Sessions

The JEDII STEM Series summer workshops explore how you can support equity-deserving groups and shift your unit's recruitment and hiring practices to support justice, equity, decolonization, Indigenization and inclusion (JEDII). Open to faculty, staff, postgrad scholars and graduate students at UBCV and UBCO.

Supporting equity-deserving groups

The first theme will focus on actions that individuals or departments can immediately implement to help retain and support members from equity-deserving groups. Although we will center the experiences of people from equity-deserving groups in many of the discussions, allies and those from non-equity seeking groups are welcome and encouraged to attend – it is everyone’s responsibility to create a more just, equitable and inclusive university.

Deep dive into recruitment

Revising recruitment processes for faculty, staff and leaders is critical to building a work-force that can more equitably share the burden of operationalizing JEDII and ensure that there is a more diverse group of role models at UBC. Engaging in the recruitment process as a unit can help to surface critical conversations that help redefine the idea of “success” and 'achievements' within the academy.

Events for only IBPOC Women and IBPOC non-binary people

There will also be two ongoing sessions that are only for IBPOC (Indigenous, black, people of colour) Women (both cis and trans identities) and IBPOC non-binary people within STEM. 

**Note, we acknowledge the tremendous benefits of affinity spaces for different groups and if there are other affinity groups who are interested in developing similar affinity spaces, please connect with the equity strategist for the Faculty of Science at mai.yasue@ubc.ca to discuss possible partnerships.   

STEM IBPOC Network for Women and Non-Binary People

STEM fields have few faculty and staff who are IBPOC women or IBPOC gender-diverse people. As a result, those belonging to these groups have limited options for empathic mentoring and support. In recognition of this, and in alignment with UBC’s commitment to build an inclusive environment, IBPOC women and IBPOC gender-diverse faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students are invited to attend the IBPOC STEM Network’s 2022 Summer Socials. 

This initiative is funded by the Equity and Inclusion Office’s IBPOC Coffee Club Fund and different departments with the Faculty of Science (eg. Computer Science, Microbiology, Zoology and Botany, Physics).

For more details on these sessions and to register go here

IBPOC Community Circle for Women and Non-Binary People

The second series is called the IBPOC Women’s Community Circle. These sessions will be open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and faculty who are IBPOC Women or IBPOC non-binary people within the Faculty of Sciences at UBC. 

These virtual sessions will provide a space for supportive community conversations for IBPOC women and IBPOC non-binary people to come together and share your thoughts, experiences and feelings within STEM. We hope that these sessions will address the isolation that we may face within our units and will allow for community support and healing. These sessions will be facilitated by registered counsellors who are IBPOC Women themselves from Healing In Colour. There will be separate sessions for trainees (i.e. graduate students and post-doctoral fellows) and faculty and staff. We hope to also have cohort (ongoing) sessions for the same group of 15 as well as single sessions in which there will be different groups of participants. Registration for each session will be capped at 15. Depending on funding and uptake for this initiative, we will add more sessions into the spring. 

This initiative is funded by the Dean’s Office in the Faculty of Science and because of the need to keep each of the sessions small, we have restricted attendance to only people within the Faculty of Science.

**Note, if any other faculties are interested in learning about how to create this type of space within their faculties, please contact the equity strategist for the Faculty of Science at mai.yasue@ubc.ca.

For more details on these sessions and to register go here