We are a brand-new student-led organization aimed to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within the chemistry community at uOttawa, as well as within the broader STEM community as a whole.
As we expand we hope to bring a number of initiatives to the University of Ottawa community. These include guest lecturer series, community outreach, a journal club, and supporting community building – all through an EDI-focused lens.
We are a chapter of the national CWIC Network. Please visit their website (https://cwicnetwork.com/) for detailed information about the entire network and to find information about other chapters across Canada.
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An open letter to students in the faculty of science:
A combined effort by the Chemistry and Biomolecular Graduate Student Association (CBGSA), Working Towards Inclusivity in Chemistry (CWIC) uOttawa, the Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA), the Physics Graduate Student Association (PGSA), the Graduate Earth Sciences Student Association (GESSA), the Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Student Association (MSGSA), and the Science Students Association (SSA).
This letter shares our association’s combined statements towards enacting meaningful change towards improving equity, diversity, and inclusion within each of our respective departments.
We invite students that are interested in supporting the ideas and initiatives described in this letter to join us, by signing here: Our Support Form
“We hope we can work together as a community to ensure that students continue to have a voice in conversations about EDI moving forward.”
1. Highlight the achievements and events of different under-represented minorities through monthly social media posts.
2. Have monthly meetings to discuss initiatives and events to be hosted at uOttawa.
3. Provide resources to women and other minorities in the chemical sciences by having information and highlighting resources on our website.
4. Liaise with the CWIC national network and other national/international groups/collaborators to elevate our profile and reach.
5. Participate in annual events such as the Leaders Overcoming Gender Inequality in Chemistry (LOGIC) retreat, LGBT STEM Day, the IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast, and more.
Here you will find a description of upcoming events related to our CWIC chapter.
For information on past events as well as related resources, please click here.
Have questions about upcoming events?
BGSA EDI Book Club– TBD
This book club is hosted by the Biology Graduate Students. The first book of the winter semester is The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King. Weekly meetings will be held to discuss the book two chapters at a time. All are welcome! Please email Ethan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- The Office of Human Rights offers confidential advice and information related to discrimination and harassment
- The Ombudsperson offers confidential advice and coaching to the entire uOttawa community for a wide variety of issues
Inspiring Person of the Month
To see more inspiring people and view our previous month’s highlights, please click here!
Do you have someone you want to recommend as an inspiring person of the month? Amazing! Fill out this form to let us know who they are and why you would like to highlight them.
We vote every month on who to include for the next month’s inspiring person and are always looking for people to highlight.
We also highly encourage you to highlight yourself if you want! Self-promotion is often one of the hardest things to convince yourself to do, but it is vital to creating a network and sharing information with others!
Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering – 2017 Report
We will be constantly adding resources to this section. If you have anything that you would like to add, send us an email! All resources aimed to support the equity, diversity, and inclusion of under-represented minorities are welcome here.
- Responses to 10 Common Criticisms of Anti-Racism Action in STEM by Alzscience and colleagues
- Education Resources – A composite collection of definitions, media, and relevant organizations.
- Justice in June – A starting place for individuals looking to become better allies.
- The National Equity Project – News and publications on equity leadership and liberation
- How to be an Ally to Indigenous Peoples by Lauren Winkler – a toolkit written for community members of Queen’s University, but widely applicable!
Books & Print Media:
- Slides from uOttawa’s “Graduate Students Confronting Racism in STEM” presentation by Jacky Deng
- Black Lives Matter Canada carrd.co
- The Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE)
- UofA Open Online Course on Indigenous Canada: From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.