Academics in the sciences are struggling to move beyond minimum diversity standards to sustainable inclusion practices within their teaching and learning environments. This workshop will address the role that privilege plays in who accesses and succeeds in STEM and will discuss how an increased understanding of privilege, identity and belonging can improve inclusive engagement in the classroom. Actions that help both instructors and students to become more self-aware and challenge personal biases will be described. Other topics that will be covered will be how to create an inclusive class through thoughtful use of content and how to create a sense of belonging for students from diverse backgrounds who feel marginalized, unwelcome and unseen.
Dr. Imogen Coe is currently a professor of Chemistry and Biology and was the founding dean of the Faculty of Science at X (Ryerson) University in Toronto. She is also an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, where her research group studies drug uptake. In addition to being an academic scientist, Dr. Coe is well known as a long time advocate for a more diverse, inclusive & accessible world of science and medicine. She is much in demand as a speaker and panelist, has published on the topic of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in various venues such as The Lancet and the Globe and Mail, and has received numerous awards for her advocacy work.