Dr. Imogen R. Coe was the founding dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University (2012-2018) and professor of Chemistry and Biology. She is also an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, where her research group studies the biology of drug transport proteins and currently the Vice-President of the Canadian Molecular Biosciences Society. In addition to her work as a research scientist, Dr. Coe is internationally recognized as a Canadian thought leader in the area of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She has advised academia, government and industry on best practices and approaches to improve EDI in STEM, particularly in the Canadian post-secondary education (PSE) sector. She has written and spoken about these issues extensively for platforms such as the the Lancet, Times Higher Education, the Globe and Mail, iPolitics and the CBC and she is much in demand by academia, industry and government as an advisor, speaker and panelist. She has received numerous local and national awards for her advocacy work in support of EDI in STEM and sits on several advisory boards related to science communication, healthcare and innovation. More information on her work as both a scientist and advocate can be found at www.ryerson.ca/edistem
Recognition Award in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
A donation in the amount of $1000 will be awarded annually to a SWAAC member who has shown exceptional leadership, initiative and commitment in fostering or furthering diversity and inclusion at their institution. The donation will be made on the recipient’s behalf to an institution of her choice, in the form of a contribution to an endowment or fund that supports initiatives to promote equity and diversity for students, staff, or faculty at their institution. Evidence of leadership through:
Commitment to diversity as an important part of the institution’s educational mission
Public and/or academically oriented endeavors that demonstrate intellectual excellence and commitment to cultural diversity in service, teaching, scholarship, and/or creative activity
Creation of recruitment and retention initiatives to attract, recruit, and professionally develop individuals who increase the diversity of faculty and staff
Demonstrating activities to attract, recruit, and ensure the success of a diverse student body
Demonstrating activities to recruit, retain, and professionally develop individuals who increase the diversity of our faculty and staff contributions to enhance campus climate, particularly for underrepresented and marginalized communities
Promotion of programs, initiatives, and/or projects that foster a diverse and inclusive campus culture
Creation of strategic partnerships that help advance institutional change related to equity and diversity
Efforts to increase diversity within one’s academic or administrative unit and/or the University
Efforts to use scholarly and/or creative work to enhance the success of students and faculty of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds
Each nomination must address the key areas that form the basis for nomination
The nomination should be accompanied by a one page summary and two letters of support from senior colleagues, one of whom is considered by the community to be a representative of diversity within the institution.
The deadline for submission of nominations: March 15, 2021.
The Selection Committee shall be the elected members of the Executive.