Colloquium on Uncomfortable Truths and Inclusive Excellence in Science

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 11:15 am - 12:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Talk abstract:
Academic science reflects the context in which science is conducted. Thus, the academic scientific enterprise struggles with privilege, racism, sexism, ableism, and homophobia, in Canada, as around the world. In this talk, I will address the uncomfortable and sometimes difficult conversations we must have in order to get to the real work of identifying and removing barriers that limit access and engagement in the scientific enterprise for the full diversity of humanity. We live within a myth of meritocracy in academia and are failing to achieve our full potential as a sector. Moving on from self-awareness as individuals or organizations, we can start to identify the tools and skill sets that individuals and collectives need in order to create cultures of care that achieve inclusive excellence and the very best scientific outputs. 

About Imogen Coe:
Dr. Imogen R. Coe was the founding dean of the Faculty of Science from 2012 to 2018. She is currently a professor of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University and an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, where her research group studies drug transport proteins. She is the current president of the Canadian Molecular Biosciences Society and sits on various boards. In addition to her work as a research scientist, Dr. Coe is internationally recognized as a Canadian thought leader in the integration of principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) particularly into science and medicine. She has advised academia, government and industry on best practices and approaches towards inclusive excellence and has contributed to national dialogue about these issues through various platforms. She is much in demand as a speaker and panelist and has received numerous awards for her advocacy work.

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This talk is part of the CAPRA conference

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) Committee encourages everyone to attend this talk.