From isolation to inclusion: How diversity drives equitable innovation

May 17, 2021 | Calgary, AB

To make this ever-changing world a better, more inclusive place for all Canadians, innovators must recognize and value difference and cultivate a welcoming space for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC). Join our panel of innovators and researchers on campus and in the community to discuss how diversity is driving equitable innovation.

This webinar is presented in partnership by the University of Calgary and the Rideau Hall Foundation as part of Canadian Innovation Week.

Date: May 17, 2021
Time: noon – 1 p.m. MDT
Format: Zoom webinar

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Meet the Panellists

Dr. Gideon Christian, PhD Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

Dr. Christian’s research on algorithmic racism focuses on racial bias arising from the use of AI in risk assessments for re-offending in the criminal justice system. For Dr. Christian, algorithmic racism is defined as race-based bias arising from the use of AI-powered tools in the analysis of data in the decision-making process, resulting in unfair outcomes to individuals from a particular segment of the society characterised by race.

Dr. Jennifer Adams, PhD Professor, Werklund School of Education and Faculty of Science, University of Calgary;

Creativity and STEM Canada Research Chair Dr. Adams is head of a new research project that will explore the experiences of BIPOC students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors at western Canadian post-secondary institutions. Additionally, the study will shed light on the reasons why this community remains underrepresented in both STEM learning and the workforce.

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