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Science and Systemic Racism Webinar
November 26, 2020 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Join Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief of the journal Nature, and Alejandro Adem, President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
In the world of science, systemic racism manifests itself in many ways. Addressing systemic racism, therefore, involves interrogating the fundamental assumptions about what constitutes excellence in scientific scholarship, how the criteria for such excellence is determined, pursued and validated, and how the major institutions support the pursuit of excellence. The current discussions on systemic racism have shone a light on the exclusions that lie beneath these processes and the kind of barriers they pose for racialized members of the academe.
Major institutions and actors involved in the pursuit of scientific scholarship have responded to these discussions in different ways. The speakers will discuss some of the approaches they are taking. Our hope is to learn from each other to better understand how we can all work together to support this endeavour.
Opening Remarks will be presented by Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC; closing remarks will be provided by Lesley Cormack, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan, while the panel discussion will be moderated by UBC Okanagan Provost and Vice-President Academic, Ananya Mukherjee Reed.