SBME Special Lecture: Dr. Ninan Abraham

What have we been missing in racial equity in academia?

Talk summary:

This talk will cover the data-centred approach used in the Faculty of Science to assess faculty equity and inclusion. It will address the existing state of the racial and gender diversity gap amongst our faculty, show that intervention in the gatekeeping role that search committees play can have marked effects and examine the evidence of persistent racial bias in academia.


As part of our commitment to Respect, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, SBME is pleased to welcome Dr. Ninan Abraham for a special seminar addressing racial bias awareness and approaches for anti-racism in academia.


Speaker: Dr. Ninan Abraham

Dr. Ninan Abraham is Associate Dean, Equity and Diversity in the UBC Faculty of Science and a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Zoology. His research focuses on the regulatory points in immune cell control with specific interest in airway immunity to pathogens and immune exhaustion in lung cancer. As Associate Dean, he has responsibility for equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, including the training of faculty search committees, faculty data analysis, generation of equity and diversity progress reports for the Faculty of Science, and liaising with the UBC Equity and Inclusion office and other EDI leaders. He has been interviewed by the Globe and Mail about innovations in EDI in the Faculty of Science and advised CIHR, NSERC, and NRC policymakers on best practices.




Hosted by: Dr. Peter Zandstra & Dr. Carolina Tropini



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