Events and Initiatives

Current Initiatives

Upcoming Events

2023 Award Announcement: Due date July 16th

The Astell Award is to recognize trainees at all levels in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UBC for outstanding commitment to activities related to promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).

Postdocs, PhD, Masters and undergraduate students in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are all encouraged to apply for the Astell Award. To apply, send a two page CV that includes a 100-150 word statement describing your EDI related activities to Zoe Yeung by July 16, 2023. This could be in your own environment at UBC or through knowledge translation and community engagement for the promotion of STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Examples could include activities such as volunteering in local schools with high proportion of low-income families to promote science, sharing your research with patient populations, mentoring under-represented groups including minorities or women in science education, and many others. We want to hear about all of your amazing EDI activities that you have accomplished while a trainee at UBC.

Top candidates will be invited to share their experiences in person with the selection committee in early August and awards will be made directly to the trainee (up to 2 awards of $500) at the first fall talk of BMB departmental seminar series. For more information please contact Annie Ciernia or Thibault Mayor

Past Events and Initiatives

2023 UBC Science Rendevzous

We can’t change what we don’t see: Unpacking the blind spots around EDI in Higher Ed
Seminar at the 2023 BMB retreat by Dr. Neila Miled

– Identify the major concepts related to EDI
– Recognize Bias, micro-aggressions and power and Privilege
– Discuss strategies to enhance EDI on the individual and organizational level

Dr. Neila Miled is the Anti-Racism Advisor in the Faculty of Medicine Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Neila brings academic expertise in anti-racism education, first-hand experience with systemically marginalized and equity -deserving groups, and a social justice and equity lens. Neila is responsible for providing  consultation and training to all units of the FoM by developing and delivering collaborative, anti-racist education and skill-building programs in equity, diversity, and inclusion.