EDI Value Statement
EDI Value Statement
The McMaster Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology strongly promotes intersectional equity, diversity, and inclusion in the classroom, research lab, department, university, and broader scientific community. As members of one of the leading research institutions in Canada, we affirm that diversity leads to better science and that accessible and equitable education provides a critical foundation for a just society. We believe that the values we promote within our department shape our community and the scientific endeavours we participate in. It is therefore our responsibility and our moral imperative to strive to build more just and equitable communities both locally and globally.
Our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is guided by the following values:
- The pursuit of equity requires actively dismantling barriers and remedying disparities that have resulted in the underrepresentation of equity-seeking groups in our field. It is not merely a passive rejection of past attitudes but rather a deliberate process of building a more equitable and inclusive department.
- The pursuit of equity is a continuous process of learning and improvement, not a journey with a fixed endpoint. We commit to educating ourselves and others and to re-evaluating departmental norms and practices on an ongoing basis.
- The pursuit of equity must be systematic, transparent, and informed by data. We commit to maintaining open dialogue within our community about this work and to seeking out both qualitative and quantitative data to guide our activities.
- Leadership and advocacy for the pursuit of equity is real work that brings significant value to our community. We commit to supporting and recognizing this work, and to providing opportunities to take on these roles for those who are interested.
We acknowledge that the statement of these values means little without concrete action. In our Terms of Reference
, we lay out the specific actions our department’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee commits to undertake in order to work toward a more accessible and inclusive departmental and scientific community.
The equity-deserving groups in our community include, but are not limited to:
- Adult learners;
- First generation students;
- Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) peoples;
- Members of marginalized sexual orientation and gender identity communities;
- Persons belonging to racialized communities;
- Persons with disabilities;
- Students from low income families and neighbourhoods;
- Students from rural communities;
- Women; and
- Persons with intersectional identities.
For more information, please see McMaster's 2019 Employment Equity Census Report and the McMaster Access Strategy website.
Current Committee Membership
Current Committee Membership
Co-chair (department): Adriana Brook (email@example.com)
Grad Student Co-Convenors: Kay McCallum and Grace Yao
Faculty Members: Paul Berti, Joseph Okeme, Kalaichelvi Saravanamuttu, Sarah Styler
Student Members: Massandje Bayo, Isabella Jun, Kay McCallum, Mokhamed Ranne, Athena Tassone, Na-Yung Seoh, Chloe Wu, Alison Xu, Grace Yao
Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference
March 7, 2022
Also known as the Chemistry & Chemical Biology Conversations Committee (CCBCC), the Equity, Diversion, and Inclusion Committee seeks to promote the ideas laid out in our Value Statement within the department and beyond.
- Faculty co-chair & Graduate student co-chair
- Faculty members
- Graduate student members
- Undergraduate student members
- Staff members
The functions of this committee fall into several broad categories.
Awareness and Connections
Transparency and Communication
- Cultivate strong relationships with relevant offices and organizations supporting EDI within the Faculty of Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and internationally.
- Seek to understand and, where possible, implement the policies relevant to EDI at McMaster, as well as legislation at the provincial and federal levels.
- Seek expert advice and guidance as needed about these policies/laws and how they may apply in specific situations.
- Refer individuals and groups to the appropriate offices and organizations on campus and beyond when particular situations arise. We acknowledge that it is not the role of this committee to adjudicate or address specific complaints but, rather, to be a resource for members of our community as they seek to resolve any issues they encounter.
- Do you need to talk to someone? We encourage students, staff and faculty in our community to be trained in the skills of Recognizing, Responding, Referring in cases of disclosure of harassment or sexual violence by reviewing the resources or by partaking in workshops available through the Equity and Inclusion Office. We are available to support anyone who comes forward by directing them to the appropriate supports at McMaster.
- Maintain a website to serve as a a repository for EDI resources and a MS Teams channel to serve as a venue for open communication on the subject of EDI within the CCB community.
- Regularly update the department on committee activities through reports at department meetings, emails, and the EDI page on the CCB website.
- Actively seek feedback from the department on committee activities through focus groups, workshops, and surveys. Share this feedback on a regular basis and use it to review and revise the committee’s mandate and activities.
- Keep records of aggregate attendance at events sponsored by the committee.
- Consult with the Equity and Inclusion Office to review and reflect on statistical demographic data acquired by the university about the department and the broader university community.
Chemistry and Chemical Biology Curriculum
Department EDI Activity
- Promote accessible and inclusive learning spaces in all classrooms and labs.
- Building on the successful creation of an EDI module at the graduate level (through Chem/ChemBio 700), support further curricular development to foster EDI.
- Promote research and scholarship opportunities for equity-seeking students. Participate in the review of applications for such initiatives at the department level as appropriate.
- Provide and promote opportunities for education and discussion on issues related to EDI. Such events may include, but are not limited to:
- Continued CCB conversations
- Book clubs
- Screening documentaries and movies
- Commemoration of events that are significant to our diverse community
- Sponsoring workshops and training opportunities from campus partners relevant to EDI
- Bringing guest speakers to campus to address topics relevant to EDI
Committee Operations and Conduct
- In collaboration with the Recruitment, InReach, and Outreach Committee, create opportunities for high school students in the Hamilton catchment area (particularly students from equity-seeking groups) to engage with CCB and with the field of science more broadly.
- In collaboration with the CCB Chair, support the recruitment of faculty and staff who will contribute to EDI in the department and beyond. Help the Chair to implement EDI-based institutional directives and policies in search committees, including the participation of an Employment Equity Facilitator.
- Ensure the compositional diversity of the EDI Committee itself, as well as other department committees.
- Support leadership opportunities and appropriate recognition for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to engage in EDI advocacy.
- Conduct meetings with mutual respect and courtesy. Promote open and honest communication at meetings by agreeing to share ideas but not the identity of individual speakers beyond the committee meeting (in line with the Chatham House Rule).