Initiatives & Training Resources
Balance & Belonging Speaker Series
The OVDR will host 3 speakers per academic year who will present on a range of EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) related topics. Attendees can apply for a Certificate of Attendance, which may be helpful in various applications (i.e. grant applications, promotions material, merit applications, etc) as evidence of EDI activities.
How to apply for Certificate of Attendance:
- USask members, including faculty, staff, and students, both inside and outside of the College of Medicine, are all eligible to apply
- Attend all 3 presentations, or watch livestreams or recordings
- Fill out this application form, including a self-reflection, on how learnings will be incorporated into your work environment B&B Certificate Application Form
- A summary of your self-reflection will be displayed on your certificate, and is considered a commitment to do your best to implement your learnings
- Email form to email@example.com
- Deadline for applications for the 2019-2020 Season will be Tuesday March 31st, 2020.
Speaker #1: Amanda Guthrie, Education and Operations Manager at OUTSaskatoon
“Getting it Right: LGBTQ2S Inclusion in Research"
Friday, November 15, 2019, 1:30-2:30pm, GB06 Health Sciences
Livestream and Recording: https://usask.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=af13cd3d- d0e5-4c23-bb76-aad20149776d
Link for Collecting Transgender-Inclusive Data
Presentation Slides: Inclusion within Medical Research Workplaces
“The Psychology of Reconciliation"
Friday, February 7, 2020, 1:30-2:30pm, GB06 Health Sciences
Livestream and Recording: https://usask.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=f8f2a351-684e-46f9-9a44-aaee0167ab18
View poster here: Stryker Calvez
Speaker #3: Dr. Imogen Coe, Professor, Chemistry & Biology, Ryerson University
“Uncomfortable Truths and Inclusive Excellence in STEM: Building the Toolkit for Change"
Friday, March 6, 2020, 1:30-2:30pm, GB06 Health Sciences
Livestream and Recording: https://usask.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=f303625d-0355-45aa-a710-aada011b8911
View poster here: Imogen Coe
**Please view and share all speaker posters among your networks, including the summary poster here: B&B Speakers
Diversity and Inclusion Working Group
The College working group has developed Diversity and Inclusion Guidelines outlining goals and procedure to proactively increase the diversity of our faculty, senior leadership, and staff.
Story Collecting and Advocating
If you have a story regarding barriers you have experienced in our research environment, or solutions to barriers, that you’d be willing to share please contact Erin Prosser-Loose. Stories will be used to inform development of resources, training opportunities, and reports on common barriers and potential solutions. Stories and discussions will be used to advocate for change where appropriate, but will remain confidential.
Internal Funding Bias Initiative
An initiative to mitigate any potential biases in the OVDR internal funding opportunities is underway. Guidelines, application forms, FAQ’s, and instructions to reviewers, are being reviewed and flagged for bias potential. For example, clearly indicating that delays due to parental leave will be taken into account, and the opportunity to communicate the strengths of your research team in your own words, rather than based on publication record alone. If you have suggestions on how to improve the inclusivity of our internal funding opportunities, please contact Erin Prosser-Loose.
Mental Health First Aid Network
Mental health is a major concern in academic settings and affects all who work here; students, faculty, and staff. While more needs to be done to prevent problems in the first place, it is also important to be prepared in case of crisis. For this reason a number of people in the College have undertaken Mental Health First Aid training. These individuals can respond if you feel you are developing a mental health problem or are in a mental health crisis, until professional treatment is received and/or crisis is resolved. Please contact any of the following for help:
Mental Health First Aiders in CoM:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please note, this email address automatically sends the message to all mental health first aiders listed below. Feel free to phone an individual below if preferred).
The network is always looking for more members, to cover as much as the College as possible. Please contact Erin Prosser-Loose if you are interested in joining.
For further mental health resources, see Wellness Resources
- Unconscious Bias in-person training at Usask: Elizabeth Duret, Inclusion and Diversity Consultant
- Unconscious Bias Training Module
- Bringing in the Bystander Workshop
- Hollaback: Bystander Resources
- Guide to organizing Inclusive Scientific Meetings
- What is Privilege ? Click Here for a short video
- Indigenous Voices Program
- Building Research Relationships with Indigenous Communities (BRRIC) Module Training (scroll to middle of page)
- Building an Awareness of Cultural Humility
- Participate in the SK Indigenous Mentorship Network. Members (students, faculty, staff and community members from across the province) are needed to participate on committees
- How to be Disability Inclusive
- What Medicine Can Learn From Doctors And Researchers With Disabilities, click here
- Disability Inclusion - Moving Beyond Mission Statements,
- Immigrant and international women in science network
- Call It Out: Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Human Rights eCourse
- 500 Women Scientists, https://500womenscientists.org/
- Request a Woman Scientist, https://500womenscientists.org/request-a-scientist
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