STEM Equity and Inclusion Events


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STEM Equity and Inclusion Events for 2021-2022

The Dean’s office in the Faculty of Science and the Equity Inclusion Office has partnered with units in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to provide three ongoing series of online events for this year. 

JEDII STEM Series

The first, the JEDII STEM Series, is a continuation of the weekly series that took place during the summer of 2021 to provide tools and resources for STEM units to create change within their units to support the Inclusion Action Plan and the Indigenous Strategic Plan. These sessions will run monthly on a Thursday between October 2021 and March 2022 and will be open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and faculty who are in informal or formal roles that engage with equity, diversity and inclusion in their STEM units at UBC. If you are unable to attend the sessions, but would like access to the resources, please register for the first session and indicate that you would like all the resources from all the events. Each of these sessions have specific themes or topics as laid out in the registration page. 

For more details on these sessions and to register go visit Equity and Inclusion in Action: STEM Series. 

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

The first series that is available for IBPOC Women (both cis and trans identities) and non-binary people in STEM fields at UBC is the IBPOC Women’s network. These sessions are open to all IBPOC Women and non-binary graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and faculty within STEM Units at UBC. 

In each of these sessions, you will have an opportunity to meet and hear the stories of three inspiring IBPOC Women and non-binary panelists in STEM who are creating change within their respective fields and or creating changes towards equity and inclusion. In addition, during these sessions, you will have multiple opportunities to meet other IBPOC Women outside of your department and ask questions to the panelists. We hope this initiative will help meet the need to create affinity space for informal mentorship and support for IBPOC women within STEM units. By strengthening networks between units, we hope this initiative will enhance wellness, cultivate a greater sense of belonging (in STEM), build greater self-efficacy, support retention and also support initiatives to mobilize equity, inclusion and decolonization within units. These sessions will run on Thursdays 2-3:30 pm four times over the fall and spring terms. 

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