SBME Special Talk— Dr. Imogen Coe

Uncomfortable truths and inclusive excellence in academic science: Building the toolkit for change


Talk summary:

This talk will address issues of privilege, racism, sexism, ableism and homophobia that exist in academic science in Canada today and describe why we must have uncomfortable and sometimes difficult conversations in order to get us to the real work of identifying and removing barriers that limit access and engagement in science for all.  We conduct our academic work within a system that is entrenched in the myth of meritocracy and we are failing to achieve our full potential as a sector, in terms of teaching, learning, research and innovation.  This talk will provide ideas about tips, tools and strategies that can help build the toolkit for change, and suggest actions that everyone can take within the academic environment. We, as individuals or institutions, should be focused on creating cultures of care that achieve inclusive excellence.


As part of our commitment to Respect, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, SBME is pleased to welcome Dr. Imogen Coe for a special seminar addressing the topic of how to create toolkits for meaningful steps towards inclusivity.

Speaker: Dr. Imogen Coe

Dr. Imogen R. Coe was the founding dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson and is currently a professor of Chemistry and Biology and an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, where her research group studies drug transport proteins. She is also the President of the Canadian Molecular Biosciences Society and sits on various boards including the Michael Garron Hospital and Science Rendezvous. In addition to her work as a research scientist, Dr. Coe is an award-winning advocate and activist in Canada with respect to the integration of principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) particularly into research cultures in academic science and medicine. She acts as a consultant to various research intensive organizations and also advises academia, government and industry on the best practices towards creating cultures of care and inclusive excellence. She has contributed to national dialogue about these issues through various platforms and is much in demand as a speaker and panelist.





Hosted by: Dr. Nika Shakiba




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