2021 Engendering Success in STEM Consortium Annual Meeting

The 2021 virtual Engendering Success in STEM Annual Meeting took place on November 18th and 19th. In the agenda below, we are pleased to share links to the project group update videos and each of the talks given by ESS Research Team members, and Invited Guest Speakers.



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.


Pacific Time Zone 

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Welcome (Toni Schmader)

9:15 – 10:45 AM

Research Team Symposium

Katie Kroeper (Ohio State University)

Developing the Social Identity Threat Concerns (SITC) scale: An identity-flexible, contextually sensitive self-report measure of threat

Christa Nater (University of British Columbia)

The burden of stereotypes: How an inclusive culture frees women from the male default and backlash for dominant leadership

Soledad de Lemus Martin (University of Granada, Spain)

How do disadvantaged groups perceive allies? Women’s perceptions of men who confront sexism

Moderated by Hilary Bergsieker

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

Research Team Symposium 

Jackie Koyama (University of Toronto)

Exploring physiological reactions to teamwork experiences among STEM students

Rotem Kahalon (Simon Fraser University)

Answering inappropriate questions in a job interview- One size fits all?

Joyce He (UCLA Anderson)

Identities between the lines: Re-aligning gender and professional identities by altering job advertisement language

Moderated by Steve Spencer

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 Video 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 (See Video HERE

Diana Sanchez (Rutgers University, NJ)

Women of color anticipate multiple identity meanings from an identity cue.

Danielle Dickens (Spelman College, Atlanta)

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

Eva Pietri (University of Colorado, Boulder)

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

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 (See Video HERE)

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)



We hope you enjoyed the event! If you were not able to attend and want to learn more about ESS research findings and future meetings, please subscribe to the ESS Consortium Newsletter on the main page of the ESS website HERE.

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.

Paper for reference: Pietri, E. S., Drawbaugh, M. L., Lewis, A. N., & Johnson, I. R., (2019). Who encourages Latina women to feel a sense of identity-safety in STEM? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 84.

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.

Paper for reference: Chaney, K. E., Sanchez, D. T., & Remedios, J. D. Dual cues: Women of color anticipate both gender and racial bias in the face of a singular identity cue. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 24 (7), 1095-1113.

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.

Paper for reference: Dickens, D. D., & Chavez, E. L. (2018). Navigating the workplace: The costs and benefits of shifting identities at work among early career US Black women. Sex Roles, 78(11), 760-774.

Sheryl Staub-French, P.ENG, 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.