Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Neuroscience

CAN EDI subcommittee members:

  • Stephanie Borgland | U of Calgary (Co-chair of the committee)
  • Liisa Galea | UBC (Co-chair of the committee)
  • Lisa Saksida | Western U
  • Tamara Franklin | Dalhousie U
  • Jibran Khokhar | U of Guelph
  • M. Natasha Rajah | McGill University

Trainee members

  • Wendie Marks | U Saskatchewan (Postd-doc)
  • Milan Valyear | Concordia U (Graduate student)

Mandate for CAN EDI subcommittee

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee has a mandate to propose policy and practice recommendations to the CAN leadership on producing an equitable association, that emphasizes diversity, inclusion and quality of life in event planning and dissemination of activities.

Specifically, the CAN EDI subcommittee will advise the CAN board and CAN members on EDI issues, EDI-related programming at the annual CAN meeting, provide updated resources related to EDI, maintain a code of conduct, and be involved in general advocacy to ensure that EDI is a priority for the Canadian neurosciences community. In addition to being a resource for CAN, the EDI subcommittee will collaborate with CAN members as well as the broader scientific community to address issues related to EDI.

Equity Diversity and Inclusion statement

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience (“CAN”) is dedicated to providing a safe and productive experience for all participants and attendees at all official CAN events. As a professional society, CAN is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific and educational ideas. Furthermore, CAN upholds the philosophy of equal opportunity for and treatment of all meeting participants and staff in any venue.

Scientists denied visas to participate in meetings in the USA

Scientists are being denied visas to attend meetings in the USA based on their country of origin.  The travel ban proposed by President Trump affects travelers from countries with majority-Muslim populations, including Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen and Somalia, was upheld by the US supreme court in June 2018.

CAN strongly condemns this ban and reaffirms our position that science can and must remain a builder of bridges between the peoples of all nations, regardless of differences in political views, religious beliefs or country of origin. Scientists around the world share a desire to advance knowledge in ways that benefit all humans.  Read our statement from 2017, when the travel bans were first proposed by the Trump administration here: Science as uniting global force.

CAN is considering several lines of action to help scientists affected by the ban, but a first step would be to see how many are affected by the ban.  If you or a colleague of yours has been denied a visa to the USA and is from one of the countries targeted by the travel ban, please get in touch with us.

Consultations on a made-in-Canada version of Athena-SWAN

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced recently that she will consult students, researchers, academics and others to discuss their views on how to adapt the Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) initiative for a “made-in-Canada” approach. (Press release)

Athena SWAN is a charter that was established in the UK in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.  Other countries have also implemented Athena SWAN-inspired initiatives.

As committed to in Budget 2018, the Government of Canada will be adopting an Athena SWAN initiative in Canada, adapted to the Canadian context and reflecting the comments brought forth by post-secondary institutions in Canada. Canadians are encouraged to share their views and ideas about the Athena SWAN initiative with NSERC and Minister Duncan.

Written comments should be sent to: consultations@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

More information here:

http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/EDI-EDI/Athena-SWAN_eng.asp

EDI-neuro session at #CAN2018

Judy Illes led the interactive Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity in Neuroscience (EDI-Neuro) lunch workshop on May 14th, 2018 at our annual meeting in Vancouver, BC.

In advance of this meeting, CAN prepared a series of figures with data about representation of women and minorities in academic and university settings.

View the EDI-Neuro 2018 document

In response to the feedback received at the EDI-neuro session, the CAN board has proposed the creation of a CAN Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee, mentionned above.

EDI luncheon at #CAN2019

Learn more about this event here:

https://can-acn.org/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-luncheon-at-can2019