Working Towards Inclusivity in Chemistry – uOttawa

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 ( for detailed information about the entire network and to find information about other chapters across Canada.

Check us out on twitter, or send us an email if you’d like to connect!

Image credited to John Megahan and Anne McNeil

Our Constitution:

Our Objectives:

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.

Upcoming Events

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– Thursdays at 12PM
This book club is hosted by the Biology Graduate Students. The first book of the semester is The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole. Weekly meetings will be held to discuss the book two chapters at a time. All are welcome! Please email Ethan at for more information.

CIC Webinar: Equity as the CENTER of Chemistry Education Research. An Introduction to the REACT Framework – October 7th
Speaker: Paulette Vincent-Ruz, Ph.D. University of Michigan
A CIC Institute talk presented by the CWIC Network. For more information and to register, click here.

GSAÉD Event: Support Groups for Racialized uOttawa Students
This support group is for uOttawa students belonging to Black communities. It will be facilitated by two racialized psychotherapists and an opportunity to take stock of the situation and to better understand what is going on inside you and around you.

To participate, send an email to Participating students must live in Ontario. See the calendar for dates and times of each support group meeting.

Meetings will be held using Microsoft Teams software. They will be bilingual. Hosted By: Pierre, K. Bercy, MBA, MA, RP(Q), CCC and Jacklyn St Laurent, RP, CCC, PhD (Candidate)

uOttawa Services

Inspiring Person of the Month

October 2020

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.


Books & Print Media:


Equity Journal Club

Coming Soon!

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