The EDI Events initiatives seeks to provide a platform for people whose voices are underrepresented in academia to share their experiences, ideas, insights, and perspectives, and for all of us to learn together as community. The aim is to highlight adversities often faced by marginalized individuals and to facilitate discussion regarding how to address these issues in our communities. We aim to have 1-2 events per term. The event format can vary, included student-focused session, discussions without external speakers, and general EDI education. Members of the EDI Events group will moderate discussion to promote a positive, inclusive, and welcoming space.

Coming Winter 2023 - Psych Faculty EDI Workshop

Stay tuned for more information.

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To get involved, please indicate your interest in this subgroup when you complete the Join EDI form.

Past Events

Friday September 23, 2022

Student session with Dr. Mesmin Destin

Dr. Destin met with students over pizza lunch in the PAS lounge. He talked about his career path followed by an open Q&A. Dr. Destin is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University.

Friday February 11, 2022

Student session with Dr. Sylvia Perry

Dr. Perry shared remarks on her time as a student and her career path followed by a moderated Q&A with questions submitted in advance. Dr. Perry is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology and is the Principal Investigator of the Social Cognition and Intergroup Processes (SCIP) Lab at Northwestern University.

 Friday December 3, 2021

Student session with Dr. Stephanie Fryberg

Dr. Fryberg shared remarks on her time as a student and her career path followed by a moderated Q&A with questions submitted in advance. She is a member of the Tulalip tribe whose research and teaching includes the impact of Native American mascots on Native American children’s self-identity, testifying before the U.S. Senate on Stolen Identities: The impact of racist stereotypes on Indigenous people and working with students in the Naskapi community of Kawawachikamach in Quebec. Dr. Fryberg is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan.

Monday October 25 and Friday October 29, 2021

Tristan Fassel, MSW (they/them), a community and program developer for a developmental services organization in the Waterloo region, presented a two-part virtual workshop on the topic of engaging with EDI-related content as a graduate student. The first part of this workshop focused on providing graduate students with the information and emotional skills they need to engage with challenging EDI material. Part two focused on the actions that graduate students can take to support equity in their professional lives, with reference to issues faced by members of LGBTQ+ and neurodiverse groups. In these sessions, Tristan also incorporated information about the history of psychology, including highlighting historical instances of inequality within the field.