Culture of Exclusion
Create identity-safe interactions to foster a sense of inclusion
Realizing identity-safe environments
Women leave engineering at a much higher rate than men, and many who do cite an unwelcoming workplace culture as a factor in their decision. Interventions designed to create identity-safe contexts have been shown to narrow the gender gap in academic performance. Some forms of diversity training have also been shown to reduce bias. No research has tried to pair these two approaches together to change aspects of organizational culture in ways that foster more supportive working relationships between men and women.
Project RISE aims 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. Applying techniques to increase openness and understanding of the consequences of bias, our aims in Project RISE are to highlight women’s often untapped potential, equip women with strategies for coping with social identity threat, and empower men to become effective allies for equality.
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The Project RISE team combines expertise in the science of implicit gender bias, bias reduction, intergroup contact, diversity, and STEM outreach.
Project RISE proudly partners with the University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, Simon Fraser University, Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT), General Motors Canada, Mozilla, the National Research Council (NRC), Simba Technologies, Teck Coal, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science (TRIUMF), the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), Engineers Canada, the Engineering Change Lab, Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), the National Network of NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering, and the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST).
Changing the Learning of Implicit Math Biases
Promoting Rising Inclusion and STEM Motivation
Shaping Inclusive Network Cultures
Realizing Identity Safe Environments