DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE:
WHY, WHAT & HOW
In 2021, Cognito is launching an event series featuring expert talks and workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
This year, the Cognito Board has taken a definite shift in focusing on diversity and inclusivity. Bolstered by funding from the FNWI’s Grassroots Science4All initiative, the Board has designed an event series in which scientists from underrepresented communities will give talks, followed by workshops inviting participants to reflect on and discuss what they learned and heard. The focus of each workshop will include discussions about historical and current struggles in diversity in science, and potential solutions.
Marginalized communities, such as LGBTQ+ individuals and cultural, ethnic and religious minorities, face a multitude of barriers in science and higher education.
As people who study in these fields, we all have an opportunity to uplift ostracized voices and make our communities more inclusive and equitable environments. The aim of this workshop series is to give you the tools to understand why and how to better show up for marginalized communities, from the classroom to your own research.
That being said, many of these issues go beyond the individual, to structural issues in our institutions. That means that these six events will not fundamentally change our departments, faculties or university. We hope this can be a jumping off point for participants, who will have the tools and knowledge for education, discussion and action.
The lectures and workshops will take place every last Monday of the month, from January to June. Participants who attend at least five out of six will be awarded a certificate from the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies and Cognito.
Stay tuned for more information!