This initiative that aims to bring the discussion of equity and diversity issues in STEM subjects to CEGEP students. The discussion of the gender disparity in STEMM subjects, physics in particular, has been shown by researchers to be the only intervention that positively alters the perception of physics for girls. We want to create a safe space to start discussions of the role of minority students in STEMM subjects.
A handful of students from the First Choice science group at Dawson College are researching and putting together a documentary about gender issues in selected STEM subjects. Working alongside the Department of Education, the Department of Physics and Women in Physics of McGill, they aim to have a documentary completed by April 2018.
We offer workshops to CEGEPs and high schools in the Montréal area to discuss equity and diversity in STEMM subjects, with a focus on gender in the physical sciences.
1.5 hour workshop discussion:
Current statistics of minorities in STEMM
Focus on gender in STEMM
Discussion of recent media attention on reasons for under-representation
Extra material for discussion
Interesting and useful articles for the discussion of gender in STEM areas:
Letter to the Editor STEM:
The CBC article about “bro culture” - featuring Imogen Coe, the Dean of Science at Ryerson.
Google Memo written by an employee who has since been fired:
Response to the Google Memo by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein:
Margaret Wente’s response to the firing of the guy who wrote the Google Memo: https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/nerdy-guy-writes-memo-world-has-nervous-breakdown/article35960330/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&reqid=a5d2a8b1-864c-4dbf-973d-08db04b1f03d
Imogen Coe’s response to Margaret Wente:
Nobel Committee explains why women win so few prizes
What do you think about the EU’s 'Science: It’s a Girl Thing!' initiative? What message comes across? Does it ‘pinkify’ science?"
See all science outreach events at McGill University and find out how to get involved here: