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SMRTS Webinar – Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) Experiences in STEM: Confronting Racism in Academia

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October 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT


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

Date & Time: October 7, 2020 @ 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

Dr. Carrie Bourassa, B.A., M.A., PhD is the Scientific Director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Institute (IIPH-CIHR) and a Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan. She is the Principal Investigator for the Canada Foundation for Innovation funded Morning Star Lodge as well as the Cultural Safety, Evaluation, Training and Research lab. Dr. Bourassa has nearly 20 years’ experience as a professor in the field of Indigenous health studies. Through her role as Scientific Director of IIPH, she leads the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada. Dr. Bourassa is an AGE-WELL NCE Network Investigator.

Dr. Alexandra Davis is a marine spatial ecologist and an advocate for equity and diversity in conservation sciences. Her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta focuses on developing an interactive conservation tool to inform interventions for marine invasive species. Alex works with multiple partners and management agencies to develop spatial priorities and quantify economic costs for managing Indo-Pacific lionfish in the US Caribbean and Green Crab in the Salish Sea. Her dissertation used a combination of diving, GIS, and spatial ecology to analyze the distribution of lionfish in the Bahamas and examine their interactions with habitat and other species at multiple scales. Alex received a BS in Marine Science from California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), where she worked in the SeaFloor Mapping Lab analyzing coarse-grained sediment patterns on the California continental shelf. Alex is HQP, MEOPAR NCE, and a Member of the Canadian Black Scientists Network

Dr. Mikhail Burke currently works within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto, the institution where he received both his BASc in Materials Science and Engineering (2012) and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering (2018). He serves several roles including advising the Faculty on Black inclusivity, spearheading Faculty-level equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) based initiatives (such as race-based data collection), supporting students and teaching a course on Engineering & Social Justice. Mikhail has a strong interest in inclusive pedagogical practice and serves as co-chair of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA-ACEG) EDI Special Interest Group.

Dr. Azadeh Yadollahi is a Scientist at the University Health Network’s KITE research institute (UHN-KITE), an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and an adjunct faculty at the University of Manitoba. Her research aims to improve understanding of the pathophysiology of cardio-respiratory disorders during sleep, and to develop novel technologies for improved management of these disorders. She is particularly interested in developing innovative technologies for monitoring of physiological signals at home and implementing personalized treatments for older individuals with chronic cardio-respiratory disorders. Dr. Yadollahi is a strong advocate of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). She is the chair of EDI advisory committee for UHN Research and chair of diversity and inclusion committee of IEEE-EMBS, which is the largest international society in biomedical engineering.


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