Starting grassroots initiatives to foster equity, diversity, and inclusivity in the Chemistry Department at the University of Alberta.

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Date: Aug. 2021
From: Canadian Journal of Chemistry(Vol. 99, Issue 8)
Publisher: NRC Research Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 4,993 words
Lexile Measure: 1690L

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The University of Alberta Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry (UAWIC) group was formed in 2017 to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Department of Chemistry. With the goals of fostering a community amongst department members and retaining a diverse graduate student population, UAWIC has created initiatives addressing equity, diversity and inclusivity, professional development, and promoted visibility of diversity within the department. Training students how to overcome systemic barriers and providing platforms to share experiences will help aspiring chemists prepare for future career paths and develop a network of mentors and colleagues. Key words: equity, inclusivity, diversity, mentorship, representation, member resource group. Le groupe University of Alberta Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry (UAWIC, regroupement pour l'inclusion en chimie de l'Universite de l'Alberta), a ete cree en 2017 pour accroitre l'equite, la diversite et l'inclusion au sein du departement de chimie. Dans le but de favoriser le sentiment d'appartenance des membres au departement et de conserver une population diversifiee d'etudiants aux cycles superieurs, l'UAWIC a mis sur pied des initiatives visant a regler les enjeux d'equite, de diversite et d'inclusion, a favoriser le perfectionnement professionnel et a promouvoir la visibilite de la diversite au sein du departement. La formation des etudiants pour leur apprendre a surmonter les obstacles systemiques et la mise a leur disposition de plateformes pour partager leurs experiences aideront les futurs chimistes a se preparer aux cheminements de carriere qui s'offrent a eux et a se batir un reseau de mentors et de collegues. [Traduit par la Redaction] Mots-cles : equite, inclusivite, diversite, mentorat, representation, groupe de ressources pour les members.

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