The Faculty of Science is working to counteract factors contributing to the under-representation of women and marginalized groups within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to foster more diverse, representative science. Increasing diversity in science will bring new perspectives, insights, and innovation, and will help the Faculty to continue to push the boundaries of knowledge in the classroom, laboratory, and field.
On this page, you'll find information about diversity and intersectionality, news features of women in science, and information about groups and research clusters on campus that focus on empowering women and fostering diversity in science.
Read about Urbah Syed, a first-year undergraduate student in the InSciTE program with a diverse background and a promising future.
Why Is Diversity Important?
People are influenced by their gender, ethnicity, and backgrounds. These influences can shape their outlook of the world around them and their experiences within it, which often allow them to offer different perspectives and insights.
When approaching tasks and problems, diverse perspectives can lead to creative and innovative problem-solving, new approaches and processes, and an increase in collective intelligence.
These benefits are highly valued by the Faculty of Science, evidenced by our desire to offer platforms for diverse perspectives to be heard and our support of groups and initiatives designed to create spaces for underrepresented groups within the Faculty.
Latest News: Diverse Perspectives in Science
Check out some of the University of Alberta’s exciting news stories about women and diversity in science including stories from Contours, the Faculty of Science’s semi-annual magazine.
A showcase of student diversity found in the Faculty of Science InSciTE experience.
The members of UAlberta Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry (formerly, UAlberta Women in Chemistry) celebrate the group's one-year anniversary and host their first conference.
A new alumna takes her passion for science and the environment to the next level.
ConocoPhillips Canada helps build relationships between the world’s top female scientists and UAlberta students.
Women in computing science advocate for progress more than 150 years in the making.
Margaret-Ann Armour discusses the state of women in science.
When given the choice between a Math or Computing Science major, new grad Emma McDonald instead chose 'all of the above'.
Sharing Knowledge: Western and Indigenous Sciences event aims to expand intersections and encourage diversity.
After five years developing and delivering programs for young aboriginal students with WISEST, Jen Duffy has recently moved to Toronto to begin working with the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada.
What Is Intersectionality?
Intersectionality is a concept and framework used to examine how different forms of discrimination often overlap or intersect with one another, creating unique, compounded forms of oppression that affect different individuals to varying degrees.
There are many kinds of discrimination. Some examples include:
Intersectionality is an important consideration in science because it is vital to consider how different variations of socioeconomic factors affect and shape identities and perspectives—not only in the classroom, but also in the laboratory and field.
Diversity Groups and Initiatives on Campus
There a several groups on campus that tailor to supporting diversity and gender inclusivity within the Faculty of Science and all the fields and departments contained within.
Some of the groups of note are Ada’s Team, UAlberta Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry (UAWIC), and Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST).
Ada’s Team is a student group dedicated to promoting and supporting diversity in computing, games, and technology.
The group offers tutoring for coding, a comprehensive collection of resources of diversity-focused groups, and access to scholarships and conferences specific to women in computing science.
UAlberta Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry (UAWIC)
The UAlberta Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry group (formerly known as Women in Chemistry) is a student initiative that fosters relationships and mentorships between women in the Chemistry Department and women in other fields and industries with backgrounds in chemistry.
The goals of the Ualberta WIC group are to foster camaraderie among female members in the Chemistry Department, create opportunities for students to interact with female role models with events like the LOGIC Retreat, and organize career development workshops to help enhance the resumes of young scholars.
Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST)
Features of Women in STEM