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The mission of the Laurentian SETAC Diversity in Science Committee (the DISC) is to highlight the achievements of women and members of underrepresented groups, raise awareness of disparity in science, and create mentorship opportunities for youth and early career scientists. We strive to achieve equity and inclusion in all facets of our Chapter, to better represent our membership.

Please reach out to us if you are interested in joining the DISC or if you have suggestions for future events!


Social DISCourse

Virtual group discussions/reflections led by DISC co-chairs and members about topics such as equity, inclusion, racism, rights, and reconciliation.

Past topics include:

  • Environmental Racism

  • Black History Month

  • Anti-2SLGBTQIA+ Legislation

  • Roe vs. Wade

  • National Day for Truth & Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

  • Cultural Appropriation vs. Appreciation

  • Where Are We Now - How does a Pandemic Change our Actions towards Achieving Equity in Science?

  • Understanding 2SLGBTQIA+ Communities and How to Create Allyship – guest speaker Jeremy Dias, International Day of Pink

Documentary screenings

In-Person Events

  • Conservation Halton’s Pride In Nature events – 2022 and 2023

  • Fostering Inclusivity in Science: Barriers and Allies (Burlington) – Dr. Miriam Diamond – 2020

  • Fostering Inclusivity in Science and Engineering (Ottawa) – Norma Domey, Dr. Adrian Chan, Nancy Hamzawi, and Dr. Catherine Mavriplis – 2020

  • The Many Faces of Environmental Sciences – Dr. Ève Gilroy – DISC outreach presentations at SETAC (Toronto) and Robert Bateman High School (Burlington) – 2019

  • We are here: Constructive Actions Towards Achieving Equity in Science (Burlington) – Alison Fraser, Dr. Allison McDonald, Natalie Feisthauer – 2018 

  • #DistractinglySexy / #DistractinglyHonest (Burlington) – Dr. Eden Hennessey – 2017 




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