Chemical & Physical Sciences Equity Resources

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For a summary of committees, equity-based syllabi and additional EDI initiatives, please see below:


Committees

The Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences formed a voluntary Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee in 2020-2021, which was then integrated into the regular committee structure in 2021-2022.

Included in the committee is three faculty members (one from each discipline), a staff member, an emerti faculty member, a PDF, a graduate student, and two undergraduate students.

The committee will drive internal and external efforts to promote EDI across the department and support other CPS committees in implementing EDI best practices.

Responsibilites:

  • Work to promote and support an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community within CPS 
  • Engage with the EDI specialist to identify specific, actionable examples of inequity that need to be addressed within the CPS community 
  • Identify ways in which the EDI lens can be applied to all departmental committees or communities within CPS 
  • Coordinate with the EDI specialist on changes to CPS policies, procedures, and strategies in support of EDI (e.g., developing a departmental code, creating recruitment strategies, building EDI principles into the curriculum, developing fundraising strategies to reduce financial barriers, strategizing around mentoring plans, planning to recognize and/or compensate contributions to EDI work)
  • Coordinate with the EDI specialist on the planning and implementation of events (e.g., developing workshops, training, seminars, recruitment, and community engagement events) 

Equity-Based Syllabi: Statements

CPS has implemented mandatory inclusions on syllabi, while also providing suggested language. See below for a range of statements:


Additional EDI Initiatives

Unlearning Racism Program (UR-CPS)

Led by graduate students and modeled after Unlearning Racism in Geosciences (URGE), this 8-week program is aimed at exploring racism in STEM fields through reading and conversation. Grad students ran a group last summer, and also ran a program open to undergraduates, which began on January 25, 2022 (subject to student availability), running until March 25, 2022. 

As part of this program, students are able to experience informal discussions to unlearn racism and gain knowledge to form educated opinions about how academia can do better to address institutionalized and systematic racism. Participants are awarded with a training certificate, and have the opportunity to help improve policies for future UTM CPS students.

This program’s curriculum was inspired by and adapted from URGE© (Unlearning Racism in Geosciences, https://urgeoscience.org/) for an interdisciplinary STEM audience. It is recommended that you take advantage of the interviews online with experts that have been posted by URGE to further deepen your understanding of JEDI (https://urgeoscience.org/recordings/).

Additional EDI activities:

  • Weekly EDI posts are included in the CPS department's weekly digest/e-newsletter
  • The department is also putting together an EDI training program

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