Welcome to the December 2021 Issue of the ESS Newsletter

Welcome from ESS Director

Welcome to the Winter 2021 installment of the Engendering Success in STEM Newsletter. After another six months of working through the pandemic, I continue to be inspired by the hard work, innovation, and accomplishments of our research team and partners.

In November, we hosted another successful virtual ESS Annual Meeting that included five fantastic guest speakers who delivered engaging and informative talks about intersectionality and the effective planning and implementation of EDI initiatives in STEM. In our midterm review last year, we received especially high marks for our partner engagement and knowledge mobilization. Continuing on that theme, we are pleased to announce six new academic publications, a new white paper, and a range of academic, professional, and media talks and appearances.

We are happy to welcome four new postdoctoral fellows, four new graduate students, and two new staff to the consortium. We also congratulate a number of team members who have received awards, promotions, or fellowships, or who have accepted new positions to launch their careers. With the latest emergence of the Omicron variant and changes happening quickly around the world, it looks to be another challenging few months with delays in resuming normal data collection. In the meantime, I am hopeful we will be able to adapt and continue working together with you and your colleagues in bringing awareness and positive cultural change to those active in STEM communities across the country.

SSHRC Partnership Grant Midterm Report Outcome

Earlier this year, SSHRC reviewed our midterm report and gave ESS the green light to continue our funding through 2024!

Check out the SSHRC Midterm Report Appendix
with a full list of outputs on the ESS Website

Project Group Updates

Project CLIMB has nearly wrapped up data collection for a study exploring the development of gender stereotypes about science in children ages 6-11. We also are close to completing data collection for a study exploring whether gender-math stereotypes interact with the age of the target (e.g., asking whether we hold stronger gender-math stereotypes for adults compared with young children).

Finally, we are developing two new exciting projects on science and math beliefs in children with our newest graduate students, Cameron and Jess, that we expect to launch in January.

For a full update on Project CLIMB's research, watch a video update here.
With data collection still on hold due to the pandemic, Project PRISM has focused on submitting manuscripts. We recently submitted a manuscript on our research in summer camps aimed at changes in boys' perceptions of girls' competence in STEM. We found that when boys were self-affirmed and presented with evidence about girls latent ability in STEM they came to see girls as being more competent in math and science. A second manuscript based on our latest research on girls' interest in STEM careers finds that tailored interventions can bolster girls' feelings of fit in STEM fields in university and these feelings predicted greater interest in STEM careers. We aim to publish this work in the next few months. 

For a full update on Project PRISM's research, watch a video update here.
Project SINC has innovatively adapted their research to the types of work environments that now exist for co-op students. They are also leveraging and creating open access tools (e.g., Experience Sampler and statistical packages) to assess the components of inclusiveness that they have identified as most relevant to academic and co-op environments.

For a full update on Project SINC's research, watch a video update here.

The Project RISE team is actively recruiting new participants into RISE 2.0: Inclusive Innovation. Over 100 participants have signed up to take part in this new virtual version of our workshop study, with 93% of participants strongly recommending the workshop to others in their organization. Having wrapped up all follow-up surveys from RISE 1.0, data analysis is beginning to reveal the efficacy of the workshop for changing attitudes and behaviour. 

For a full update on Project RISE's research, watch a video update here.

New ESS Team Members

We are excited to welcome two new
staff members to our team!

Grace Denney has taken on the role of Project Manager for ESS RISE after almost two years supporting Project RISE and as a lab manager for Hilary Bergsieker’s Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab at the University of Waterloo. Grace received their Honours B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and plans to earn their Ph.D. in Social Psychology. Connect with Grace via LinkedIn here or email them at grace.denney@uwaterloo.ca. Grace’s pronouns are they/them and communications can be addressed to Grace or Grace Denney.
Zhe Lin Bu is joining ESS as the Outreach Coordinator and is a Research Assistant in Dr. Toni Schmader’s Social Identity Lab at the University of British Columbia. Zhe Lin is also a Professional Engineer who graduated with her first degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked in the industry for almost 8 years. She decided to return to school to pursue her interest in psychology, and is currently in the Honours Psychology program at UBC. Zhe Lin's pronouns are she/her. To learn more about Zhe Lin or connect with her via LinkedIn, click here.

We are excited to welcome the following Graduate Students!

  • Cameron Hall, Graduate Student, University of British Columbia, working with Andy Baron
  • Jessica Lee, Graduate Student, University of British Columbia, working with Andy Baron
  • Carmelle Bareket- Shavit, Graduate Student, University of British Columbia, working with Toni Schmader
  • Yingchi Guo, Graduate Student, University of British Columbia, working with Toni Schmader

We are excited to welcome the following Post-Doctoral Researchers!

Rotem Kahalon, Ph.D. 
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Simon Fraser University, working with Steve Wright

Christa Nater, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of British Columbia, working with Toni Schmader 

Jacklyn Koyama, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Researcher, (as of January 2022 & former ESS Graduate Student), University of Toronto, working with Elizabeth Page-Gould

Anthea Pun, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Researcher (beginning January 2022), University of British Columbia, working with Andy Baron

Moving Up and Moving On...

The following team members are moving up or moving on from ESS. Thank you for all your hard work and contributions over the years, we wish you the very best with your next endeavours!

Kate Block, Ph.Dformer ESS graduate student and post-doctoral researcher with Project CLIMB is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam

Clement Choi, former Lab Manager for Andy Baron's Living Lab, is moving on to a new Graduate Program (MEd) in School and Applied Child Psychology at UBC

Keltie Sommer, former ESS Project Manager is moving on to new career as a Clinical Counselor after working with Project RISE
for 3 years.

Consortium Member Profile

Dr. Christa Nater, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Researcher
University of British Columbia
We spoke with one of ESS Consortium's newest team members, Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr. Christa Nater, to learn more about her research.

What was the path that led you to study Social Psychology?
For as long as I remember, I have had a keen interest in social justice, equality, and fairness. After high school, I started my occupational life with an apprenticeship (which is a very common path in Switzerland) at a city government. As part of this, I worked in the social welfare office. This work awakened my deeper curiosity in understanding why societies are often characterized by injustice, inequality, and a lack of equal chances. Out of this experience, I decided to do a bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology, crime and criminal law. At the time I chose the topic of my master’s thesis, many European nations were introducing legislated quota regulations to accelerate progress towards gender balance on boards of directors. Fascinated by this forceful diversity intervention, I became interested in antecedents and consequences of (gender) biases in the workplace. This interest, coupled with my desire to contribute in a small way to a society that is more inclusive and fair for everyone, drove my decision to pursue a Ph.D. in social psychology. Even more, this is what continues to invigorate my research interest in diversity and inclusion...

Read the whole interview HERE

2021 ESS Annual Meeting

On November 18th and 19th, the ESS Consortium held
its 2021 Annual Meeting virtually via Zoom

See the AGENDA to access videos of the project group updates, and each of the talks given by invited guest speakers and ESS research team members

Guest Speaker Panels

We had two very thought-provoking panel discussions, the first being on Intersectionality, with the following invited guest speakers:

Diana Sanchez, Ph.D.
Rutgers University, NJ

"Women of Color Anticipate Multiple Identity Meanings from an Identity Cue"

Danielle Dickens, Ph.D.
Spelman College, Atlanta

"Being Un(Seen): Tokenism and Identity Shifting among Black Women in STEM"

Eva Pietri, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder

"Who Encourages Feelings of Belonging in STEM among Black and Latina Women?"

View the intersectionality talk abstracts HERE, and watch the talks on the ESS Website
The second set of talks was on impactful EDI Initiatives and Diversity in Hiring in STEM Education with Dr. Sheryl Staub-French and Dr. Ninan Abraham. We feature this session in the Newsletter's Partner Spotlight section below:

Partner Spotlight

Dr. Sheryl Staub-French, P.Eng, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
University of British Columbia
Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Faculty of Applied Science
Dr. Ninan Abraham, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of British Columbia
Associate Dean, Equity and Diversity
Faculty of  Science

EDI Initiatives and Diversity in Hiring
in STEM Education

Each newsletter we interview one of our partners to share more details about their work. 

In this edition, we are thrilled to share key takeaways from the engaging and eye opening talks at the recent 2021 ESS Annual Meeting given by Dr. Sheryl Staub-French and Dr. Ninan Abraham on the effective application of equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in the Faculty of Applied Science and Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia. 

READ a summary of the talks, or WATCH the talks on the ESS website. 
Resources presented and shared during the 2021 Annual Meeting include: Please contact ESS@psych.ubc.ca if you are interested in learning more about the information presented at the meeting.

Recent Awards & Annoucements

Here are a few of our team's recent successes:

Andy Baron, Ph.D. - Promoted to full Professor at UBC

Lucy De Souza - Awarded the Peter P. Dhillon Centre Business Ethics Business for Social Good grant

Sonia Kang, Ph.D. - Named Special Advisor on Anti-Racism and Equity at the University of Toronto Mississauga

“One of the big things for me will be really looking at making sure we have an inclusive culture where they can be their authentic selves, they can speak up and use their real names, for example... it’s just normalizing that we accept people here for who they are and that we don’t need them to shift their identities to fit into anything that’s happening here. We want everyone to feel safe and welcome.”

Sonia Kang, Ph.D. - Launched the second season as Host of Rogers “For the Love of Work” podcast, on Apple Podcasts.
Sonia Kang, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Page-Gould, Ph.D. Named Fellows of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Francine Karmali, Ph.D. - SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship and the University of Toronto Arts & Science Top-Up

Jacklyn Koyama, Ph.D. - General Motors Women in Science Mathematics Award

Elizabeth Page-Gould, Ph.D. - Named Chair of the Graduate Department of Psychology at University of Toronto

Marissa Traversa - SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS-M

Sheryl Staub-French, P.Eng, Ph.D.- Named Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering

"Dr. Staub-French... is a strong leader and advocate in advancing equity and diversity in engineering education and the engineering profession. Through her innovative research, dedication to the community, and tireless outreach efforts, Dr. Staub-French has had a significant impact on the work practices and diversity of the engineering profession"

Talks, Media, & Publications

Academic Publications
Cyr, E. N., Bergsieker, H. B., Dennehy, T.C., & Schmader, T. (2021). Mapping social exclusion in STEM to men's implicit bias and women's career costs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118 (40). doi: 10.1073/pnas.2026308118

Gonzalez, A., Steele, J., Chan, E.F., Lim, S.A., & Baron, A.S. (2021). Developmental differences in the malleability of implicit racial bias following exposure to counterstereotypical exemplars. Developmental Psychology, 57(1), 102-113.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dev0001128 (pdf)

Gonzalez, A., Odic, D., Schmader, T., Block, K., & Baron, A. (2021). The effect of gender stereotypes on young girls’ intuitive number sense. PLOS ONE. 16(10), e0258886.

Hall, W., Schmader, T., Inness, M., & Croft, E. (2021). Climate change: Improving norms for inclusion predicts greater fit for women in STEM. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Advance online publication. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/13684302211035438

He, J. C., Kang, S. K., & Lacetera, N. (2021). Opt-out choice framing attenuates gender differences in the decision to compete in the laboratory and in the field. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(42).

He, J.C., & Kang, S.K. (2021). Covering in Cover Letters: Gender and self-presentation in job applications. Academy of Management Journal, 64(4).

Select Talks & Presentations


Cochrane, M, & Schmader, T. - December 2021. Effective Leadership. Invited session to the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada, BC. 

Cyr, E. N. & Koyama, J. - May 2021. The stress test: Early identification of student COVID-19 stress to prevent grade inequities. Talk presented at the virtual convention of the Canadian Stress Research Summit.

Cyr, E.N., Bergsieker, H.B. - April 2021. Project PRISM: Promoting rising inclusion and STEM motivation. Talk presented to the University of Waterloo Engineering Recruitment Team.

Cyr, E. N., Kroeper, K., Dennehy, T.C., Bergsieker, H.B., Wright, S.C., Spencer, S.J. - April 2021. PRISM interventions reduce boys’ gender bias and improve girls’ anticipated fit in STEM. Talk presented at the virtual conference of the American Educational Research Association.

Schmader, T., Bergsieker, H., & De Souza, L. - October 2021. Fostering inclusion by motivating allyship. In K. Savani (Chair), Gender bias, beliefs, and ideology in the workplace. Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Santa Barbara, CA.

ESS in the Media
"It's not enough to hire more women, companies need to foster relationships between male and female colleagues" - Hilary Bergsieker, radio interviews about PNAS paper led by Emily Cyr, 570 News/Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, September 29, 2021 and CBC KW's The Morning Edition radio show with Craig Norris, October 6, 2021, and  
"Cross-gender friendships critical to helping women in sciences" - Emily Cyr, Times Higher Education, October 4, 2021

"Why your HR practices might not be as inclusive as you think" - Sonia Kang on The Decision Corner podcast, November 15, 2021

"Are Workplace Diversity Programs Doing More Harm Than Good?" - Sonia Kang on The New York Times podcast The Argument, August 11, 2021

"For the Love of Work" podcast Season 2 - Sonia Kang on Rogers Podcast, launched September 20, 2021

Call for White Paper Content

The ESS team is hard at work on new white papers, like this one from last year on Reducing Boys' Gender Bias & Improving Girls' Anticipated Fit in STEM. Look out for the new ones in our next newsletter this spring!

Do you have a recent article you've published, or project you've pursued you think would be good content for a white paper? Reach out to Rebekah at rebekah.parker@ubc.ca to discuss. 

Exciting New Initiatives 

Project RISE is currently implementing Virtual Inclusion Workshops with organizations in science and engineering. The workshops aim to create positive cultural change for women and men in science and engineering by: (1) educating participants about implicit bias, (2) fostering supportive and respectful interactions between men and women in the organization, and (3) providing them with a clear understanding for how to combat bias.
To learn more about the virtual workshops, read the FAQ, HERE.
To discuss a potential partnership with Project RISE:  rise@psych.ubc.ca
We look forward to hearing from you!
Under the leadership of Dr. Elizabeth Page-Gould, the ESS consortium is launching the Quantitative Training for Intersectional Diversity in Engineering (Quant-TIDE) program. This 3-day workshop:
  • provides engineering graduate students with interdisciplinary training in methods from the quantitative social sciences (e.g., statistical analyses, behavioural methods)
  • is open to any Canadian graduate student in engineering with intersecting gender, race or ethnicity, LGBQ, socioeconomic, or disability identities that are underrepresented in Canadian STEM
To learn more about the initiative and sign up for updates, click here. The Quant-TIDE program is currently seeking STEM Experts, Advisory Board Members, and Graduate Student volunteers. If you are interested in being more involved in the initiative, please contact ess@psych.ubc.ca. 

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