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Addressing Conflicts Related to Bias, Privilege, and Identity in the STEM Fields

November 14, 2022 | 12:00 pm2:00 pm

Addressing Conflicts

As part of its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) program, CANSSI regularly organizes EDI workshops and educational sessions for the statistical sciences community, often in partnership with Academic Impressions.

We invite you to join us for this two-hour online led by Chandani Patel of New York University and co-presented by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS).




Learning Objective

After participating in this program, participants will have more confidence in their ability to address conflicts related to bias, privilege and identity in a variety of settings, including learning spaces, academic units, the classroom, and research labs.


Faculty in the STEM disciplines can often feel unprepared to address identity based conflict in academic settings. Even those who want to have tough conversations regarding identity, bias, and privilege can feel inadequately equipped to facilitate a conversation when a conflict arises. You may be asking yourself: What if I say something wrong? What if I make things worse?

No matter the discipline, these crucial conversations are coming up in every learning space across higher ed and avoiding them is not an option. Every instructor can prepare to notice identity based conflict and intervene to reduce harm. This highly interactive virtual workshop will provide a supportive space to learn about the types of conflict that can arise, and how to facilitate micro interventions to confront bias and move towards more equitable learning, teaching, and research environments.

The content will be tailored to faculty working in STEM fields who want to feel more prepared to address identity based conflicts that arise in their classrooms.

Understanding Types of Identity-Based Conflict

Learn about five types of identity based challenges and how they might present themselves in various settings:

  • Implicit bias
  • Microaggressions
  • Stereotyping
  • Tokenism
  • Only-ness

Strategies to Intervene, Facilitate conversations, and Reduce Harm

After learning strategies to respond to identity based conflicts, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their own experiences, ask questions, receive feedback, and prepare to intervene in future conflicts.

Workshop Faculty

Chandani PatelChandani Patel
Director, Global Diversity Education, Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation, New York University

Chandani provides strategic direction for the global diversity education area within the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation. She focuses particularly on creating inclusive teaching and learning environments for students, faculty, and staff and is committed to advancing a more equitable higher education landscape.

Read Chandani’s full bio here.


November 14, 2022
12:00 pm–2:00 pm
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Queen’s University
127 Jeffery Hall, 48 University Avenue, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N8 Canada