Registration Confirmation – 2021 Engendering Success in STEM Consortium Annual Meeting

We are excited to welcome everyone to this year’s virtual
Engendering Success in STEM Annual Meeting, November 18th-19th, 2021.

All times below are Pacific Time Zone.


Day 1: Thursday, November 18, 2021

*Research focused*

Content for Day 1 focuses on recently published findings and research in progress from members of the ESS research team and invited guest faculty. We welcome all meeting invitees to attend this session; out of respect for busy schedules there is certainly no expectation to do so.


Pacific Time Zone 

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Welcome (Toni Schmader)

9:15 – 10:45 AM

Research Team Symposium

Christa Nater (University of British Columbia)

Rotem Kahalon (Simon Fraser University)

Katie Kroeper (Ohio State University)

10:45 – 11:00 AM BREAK 
11:00 – 12:30 PM

Research Team Symposium 

Jackie Koyama (University of Toronto)

Joyce He / Sonia Kang (UCLA Anderson / University of Toronto, Mississauga)
Soledad de Lemus Martin (University of Granada, Spain)

12:30 – 1:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Day 2: Friday, November 19, 2021

*Partner Focused*

Content for Day 2 focuses on ESS research updates as it relates to our partner organizations followed by invited talks from renown faculty in the areas of intersectionality, and EDI in STEM education.


Pacific Time Zone

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Project Group Talks / Updates (Asynchronous)

10:00 – 10:15 AM

Welcome (Toni Schmader)

10:15 – 11:00 AM

Breakout Project Group Meetings

11:00 – 11:15 AM


11:15 – 12:15 PM

Guest Speaker Panel #1: Intersectionality 

Eva Pietri (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Diana Sanchez (Rutgers University, NJ)

Danielle Dickens (Spelman College, Atlanta)

Moderated Q&A (Sonia Kang & Lucy De Souza)

12:15 – 12:45 PM LUNCH BREAK 
12:45 – 1:45PM

Guest Speaker Panel #2: Increasing EDI in STEM 

Sheryl Staub-French (University of British Columbia)

Ninan Abraham (University of British Columbia)

Moderated Q&A (Toni Schmader & Francine Karmali)

1:45 – 2:00 PM Closing Remarks (Toni Schmader)



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About the Speakers

Eva Pietri, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado, Boulder

Dr. Eva Pietri is a social psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, studying attitudes and interventions in science, leadership and politics, particularly related to Black and Latina women. Much of her current research focuses on reducing biases and promoting welcoming environments in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For instance, in one line of research she is exploring who acts as inspirational role models for Black and Latina women in STEM and leadership. In another line of research, she is examining the effectiveness of video interventions for reducing sexism in STEM. She has received funding from the Spencer Foundation and the National Science Foundation to support this research. Pietri received her Ph.D. in social psychology at The Ohio State University. She then completed a postdoctoral position at Yale University, during which she worked in the psychology department and the Center for Scientific Teaching.

Diana T. Sanchez, Ph.D

Faculty Fellow, Social and Behavioural Sciences
Professor, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

After receiving her Social Psychology and Women’s Studies PhD at the University of Michigan in 2005, Diana T. Sanchez joined the Department of Psychology at Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ. She is currently a Full Professor and the area head of the social psychology program. Dr. Sanchez maintains affiliations with Health Psychology, the Health Institute, the Race and Ethnicity Center, and the Women’s Studies Department. She is a diversity science scholar with over 100 research publications addressing stigma, identity, intergroup bias, and close relationships. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. She currently holds a position as a Faculty Fellow working on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Dean’s office at Rutgers University in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division. Her research and service have been recognized by numerous awards including the Faculty Leader in Diversity Award from Rutgers, the Inaugural Society of Experimental Social Psychology Diversity Science Mid-Career Award, and the Distinguished Service to the Society of Personality and Social Psychology award.

Danielle Dickens, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Danielle Dickens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Spelman College. Dr. Dickens earned her B.A. in psychology from Spelman College, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Applied Social and Health Psychology. As a Black feminist social psychologist, she leads a program of research that uses quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine stereotypes, discrimination, and intersections of race, gender, class, and age in the U.S. with an emphasis on Black women, in the workplace, higher education, and STEM. Particularly, she is an expert in understanding how experiences of discrimination results in a coping strategy known as identity shifting. She is also the co‐founder of Beneath the Façade, a digital community and psycho-educational resource for Black women coping with stereotypical expectations in their work environment. In all, her teaching and research aims to contextually position and understand the lived experiences of Black women in the U.S, to identify effective strategies to reduce inequalities, and improve their career development and mental and behavioral health outcomes.

Sheryl Staub-French, Ph.D

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia and Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the Faculty of Applied Science

Dr. Staub-French is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. She is Director of the BIM TOPiCS Lab where she leads inter-disciplinary research focused on developing methods and tools to support the digital delivery of sustainable building construction projects through effective and collaborative use of building information modeling (BIM). She has published over 100 papers in leading journals and conferences on BIM and related topics. Her lab has made significant contributions in developing BIM guidelines and best practices; collaborating with industry and government to advance technology transfer; and developing tools to support virtual design and digital delivery.

As the first Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the Faculty of Applied Science, Dr. Staub-French is a strong leader and advocate in advancing EDI in engineering and leading the Faculty’s EDI initiatives. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University and her MS and PhD from Stanford University.

Ninan Abraham, Ph.D

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Department of Zoology at The University of British Columbia and Associate Dean, Equity and Diversity in the UBC Faculty of Science
Ninan Abraham’s Publications

Dr. Ninan Abraham is a Professor jointly appointed in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Zoology. Before starting at UBC in 2003, Dr. Abraham received his M.S. from McGill University and PhD at the University of Ottawa. His love for molecular immunology grew out of this training which spanned protein kinase biochemistry, molecular oncology, anti-viral responses and his current focus, cytokine regulation of immune responses. Dr. Abraham also currently serves an appointment as Associate Dean, Equity and Diversity in the UBC Faculty of Science. In this role, he oversees collection and analysis of equity and diversity data on recruitment and progress of a Faculty of 400+, interacts with other Equity lead counterparts, and trains and guides faculty search committees on best practices and bias, implicit, explicit and structural.