2022 Events

April 28 2022: Balance Your R.E.A.C.T.I.O.N.: Strategies for Advancing Your STEM Career, with Dr. Jeanita Pritchett

The EDI/Conversations Committee is pleased to invite you to a workshop with Dr. Jeanita Pritchett, Senior Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategist with the US federal government and analytical chemist.

This workshop will be fully virtual.  For Zoom details, please email

Join us Thursday, April 28, 1:30-2:30.

The Balance Your R.E.A.C.T.I.O.N. Workshop is designed to help early-, mid-, and senior career professionals explore the skills needed to advance their STEM careers. Looking beyond developing technical expertise, the interactive workshop helps attendees gain self-awareness, confidence, and clarity so they may emerge as leaders in their fields. While navigating through school or the early stages of a STEM career, emphasis is typically placed on the technical aspects needed within the field. Countless hours are spent learning how to develop mastery of a hands-on technique to exhibit expertise in the field. However, advancing a STEM career and moving up the leadership ladder requires additional skills outside of the laboratory. The Balance Your R.E.A.C.T.I.O.N. Workshop equips participants with tools and strategies that they can apply to advance their careers.

March 7-10, 2022: International Women's Week Seminar Series

The Gender Equity in Chemical Sciences (GEICS), Promoting Inclusivity in Physics & Astronomy (PIPA), and McMaster Women in Math (MWM) are excited to present an online seminar series to celebrate International Women’s Week. Starting on March 7th, there will be talks from various disciplines in STEM.This is a great opportunity to meet folks from different departments and to discover different research areas.

Everyone is welcome to attend the seminars! The end of each seminar will consist of a Q&A session to give participants a chance to interact with our speakers. The invited speakers are:

  • Monday, March 7, 3:30 pm: Dr. Caroline Junkins, Math and Stats
  • Tuesday, March 8, 11:00 am: Dr. Sharonna Greenberg, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Thursday, March 10, 2:30 pm: Dr. Fiona McNeil, Physics and Astronomy

For Zoom links for each of the three seminars, please contact 

February 24, 2022: Recognize, Respond, Refer: Equity & Inclusion Office Presentation

Speakers: Chelsea Gibson and Wil Fujarczuk (EIO)

How do we respond when we learn about instances of discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence? What supports are available on campus? In this session, participants will learn from staff members at the Equity and Inclusion Office about general information on these topics, and important resources like the Recognize, Respond, Refer model of support.

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Responding to Discrimination and Harassment:

Responding to Sexual Violence

  • Gold Folder: Learn how to provide support to someone who has experienced sexual violence through our Recognize, Respond, Refer model outlined in the Gold Folder.
  • McMaster Sexual Violence Policy
  • Sign up for the SVPRO (Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Office) mailing list

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2021 Events

June 10, 2021: ShutDownSTEM - One Year On

Invited Panelists: Mr. Novan Gray (PhD Student, CCB), Ms. Erica Dao (PhD Candidate, Physics and Astronomy), Mr. Rodrigo Narro Pérez (PhD Candidate, School of Earth, Environment and Society), Dr. Maureen MacDonald (Dean of Science), Dr. Arig al Shaibah (Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion Office), Dr. Juliet Daniel (Professor and Associate Dean of Research and External Relations)

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January 20, 2021: Starting the Year As We Mean to Go On: A Conversation on EDI

Invited Panelists: Dr. Arig al Shaibah (Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion, McMaster University), Prof. Kim Baines (Department of Chemistry, Western University and Chair, Working group for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (WIDE), Canadian Society of Chemistry)

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2020 Events

November 18, 2020: Graduate Student Mental Health

Invited Panelists: Faith Ogunkoya (PACBIC), Carla Glanville (Student Wellness Centre), Aklima Sarkar (Student Wellness Centre)
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October 21, 2020: Faculty of Science Allyship Discussion

Invited Panelists: Prof. Daniel Coleman
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September 16, 2020: Accessibility

Invited Panelists: Kate Brown (Accessibility Program Manager from the EIO office), Katherine Hesson-Bolton (Diversity Employment Coordinator, Student Success Centre), Mei-Ju Shih (Program Coordinator (Disability Specialist) / Team Lead, Student Accessibility Services), Amanda Ramkishun (Accessibility Assistant, McMaster Association of Part-time Students), Aisha Wilks (PhD student, Department of English & Cultural Studies)
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August 12, 2020: Inclusivity in the Classroom

Invited Panelists: Rodrigo Narro Perez, Prof. Gillian Goward, Dr. Linda Davis
  • Interviewers: Fariha Mahmood, Will Adams
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July 8, 2020: Anti-Racism and Oppression in Academia

Invited Panelists: Khadijeh Rakie from McMaster’s Equity and Inclusion Office

June 10, 2020: #ShutDownSTEM - An Opportunity for Conversation in June 2020

Invited Panelists: Prof. Juliet Daniels, Prof. Jose Moran-Mirabel, Prof. Kalaichelvi Saravanamuttu, Shawn Hercules (graduate student, MSU president), Novan Gray (graduate student), Elvin Girineza (undergraduate student), Kathryn Benincasa (graduate student)
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