Feb 6, 2024  |  12:00pm - 1:00pm
BMS Teaching Seminars

BMS Teaching Seminar: Creating Equitable Lab Environments


Topic: Creating Equitable Lab Environments
Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm ET
Room: ACR1 (MS 2278)
Speaker: Kyle Turner, Learning Strategist, Graduate Programs, Department of Molecular Genetics

Equity, diversity, and inclusion in research and teaching have been identified as priorities by many graduate units, by the university, and by governmental and granting bodies. Academic labs are a key location in which trainees may experience either supportive or exclusionary environments, but what does it mean to be an equitable and inclusive supervisor? In this session, participants will work with several frameworks for enhancing equitable practice in their labs. In discussion with peers, we will consider specific practices to identify and remove barriers that disproportionately affect trainees with certain identities or backgrounds. Lunch will be provided. Please REGISTER online 

About Kyle Turner

Kyle was originally trained in biology and worked in lab management for several years before shifting to a career in educational support. At the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI), his portfolio focused on student experience data. He co-chaired CTSI’s equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility working group, and he co-developed a workshop series on creating inclusive classrooms, delivering sessions on equitable teaching for undergraduate and graduate educators, librarians, and teaching assistants. In his current role in the Department of Molecular Genetics, he provides academic advising and learning support for research- and course-based graduate students. Outside of work, he also runs a weekly reading group on diversity in STEM and education. 

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