Gender equity lecture series | Faculty of Environment: Beyond the "Pipeline": Evaluations, Values, and Allyship in Academia

Friday, November 17, 2023 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Gender Equity Lecture Series | Faculty of Environment

Beyond the "Pipeline": Evaluations, Values, and Allyship in Academia

We've likely all heard at least a bit about the "pipeline" problem in academia. While the need to address the "pipeline" problem and create more diverse institutions is real, it is not the only area of concern when attending to gender inequalities across the University. In this faculty specific lecture, Dr. Jamie Sewell will go beyond the "pipeline" problem to address some ways that we can work toward greater gender equity once more demographically and value-diverse folks have made it onto our campus and into our departments, offices, and support teams.

Topics include the narrative of "value", what it means to be an ally, creating open feedback channels, and more.

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Meet the presenter

Dr. Jamie Sewell (she/they) is a queer, feminist epistemologist, and a first-generation student. Dr. Sewell holds both an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy where she's contributed to democratic education theory, applied ethics, and philosophy of law. She has been teaching at the University of Waterloo since 2015, in both the Philosophy and the Gender & Social Justice Departments, and is a Senior Training Specialist in the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism. Dr. Sewell founded and, in its first year, co-directed the University of Waterloo chapter of Minorities and Philosophy — an international organization that seeks to connect with and support marginalized philosophers at all levels.

Photo of Dr. Jamie Sewell (she/they)

About the Gender Equity Lecture Series

This lecture series is intended to highlight some significant personal, interpersonal, and systemic barriers to gender equity across the University of Waterloo's campus, and explain some of the harms of gender inequity, when it arises. In addition, this series aims to explore foundational concepts in gender theory, implicit bias, epistemic ignorance, systemic oppression, and more. Ultimately, this series is intended to help develop shared epistemic resources, such that we can all better understand how gender inequity can manifest, and work toward mitigating its effects on our community.