2022 Engendering Success in STEM Consortium Annual Meeting

The 2022 virtual Engendering Success in STEM Consortium Annual Meeting took place on November 17th -18th. Thank you to the invited guest speakers and all those who joined us! Links to each of the talks are located in the agenda below.

We look forward to seeing you next year at the 2023 ESS Knowledge Sharing Conference co-sponsored by GATE (Gender & the Economy), taking place at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto on November 16-17, 2023. See you there!


Day 1: Thursday, November 17, 2022

*Research & Partner focused*

Day 1 focuses on ESS research updates, including recently published findings and work in progress. We welcome all partner organizations and meeting invitees to attend this session if schedules allow.


Pacific Time Zone 

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Project Group Updates (asynchronous)





10:00 – 10:15 AM

Welcome (Dr. Toni Schmader)

10:15 – 11:15 AM Breakout Project Group Meetings
11:15 – 11:45 AM


11:45 – 12:45 PM

Research Team Symposium

Jackie Koyama

I would be so happy if… :The Impact of STEM Values on Forecasts for Workday Outcomes.

Audrey Aday

Just Not That Interested? Drivers of the Gender Gap on Empathizing & Systemizing Interest

12:45 – 1:00 PM

Closing Remarks (Toni Schmader) & BREAK

1:00   – 2:00 PM

ESS Internal Team Meeting: Mentor Sessions for Grad Students & Post Docs

Day 2: Friday, November 18, 2022

Day 2 includes panels with renowned experts in the areas of gender identity, stereotype development, and EDI in STEM research and practice.


Pacific Time Zone

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Welcome (Toni Schmader) & Quant-TIDE Report (Liz Page-Gould)

9:15 – 10:30 AM

Guest Speaker Panel #1: Challenges and Opportunities in STEM Research and Practice (View Video of Talks Here)

Cheryl Kaiser (University of Washington)

Mixed Signals: The Unintended Consequences of Diversity Initiatives

Nicole Kaniki (University of Toronto)

Intersectionality and meaningful EDI strategies in STEM trainee programs

Rie Kijima (University of Toronto)

Building Creative Self-efficacy and Sparking Interests in STEM through Human-centered Learning

Moderated Q&A (Joyce He & Shernell Hines)

10:30 – 10:45 AM BREAK
10:45 – 12:15 PM

Guest Speaker Panel #2: Gender Identity & Stereotype Development in STEM (View Video of Talks Here)

Allison Master (University of Houston)

Gender stereotypes about interests start early and cause disparities in STEM fields

Ryan Lei (Haverford College)

Intersectional perspectives on gender and implications for STEM pursuit

Selin Gülgöz (Fordham University)

Gender cognition in gender-diverse children

Vanessa Raquel Raponi (Founder, EngiQueers)

Overcoming Adversity & the Story of EngiQueers Canada

Moderated Q&A (Andy Baron & Cameron Hall)

12:15 – 12:30 PM

Closing Remarks (Toni Schmader)

12:30 – 1:00 PM


1:00 – 2:00 PM

ESS Internal Team Meeting: Fellows Discussion


About the Speakers

Cheryl kaiser, Ph.D

Professor of Psychology, and Associate Chair for Faculty Development, University of Washington

Social Identity Lab

Cheryl R. Kaiser is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. Kaiser is the recipient of the Sage Young Scholar Award, the James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award, the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, the Erskine Fellowship, and she is an elected member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Kaiser’s research explores prejudice, stereotypes, identity, and diversity, and the intersection of these topics with law, politics, and policy. Current projects explore how well-intentioned organizational diversity initiatives create unintended consequences, including the perpetuation of discrimination, minority stress, reactance among majority groups, and the miscarriage of civil rights laws. She also explores how stereotypes of women obscure perceptions of sexual harassment, to the detriment of victims of harassment, organizations, and civil rights laws. Kaiser’s research been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Representative Publication:

“Mixed Signals: The Unintended Effects of Diversity Initiatives” 

nicole kaniki, Ph.D

Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Research and Innovation, University of Toronto

Dr. Nicole Kaniki is the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto. In her role, she examines, advocates and advances EDI in all aspects of U of T research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Kaniki is the former Special Advisor on Anti-racism to the President of Western University and has over seven years of experience in research administration and EDI roles in academia. Dr. Kaniki has a passion for social justice and uses an anti-racism and decolonization framework in her EDI work.

Representative Publication: 


rie kijima, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, and Director of Initiative for Education Policy and Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

Rie Kijima is Assistant Professor and Director of Initiative for Education Policy and Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto. Rie’s research addresses topics such as changes in education reforms and policy, the politics of international assessments, and STEAM education. Her publications have appeared in International Journal of STEM Education, Globalisation, Societies and Education, and Cambridge University Press. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in International Comparative Education from Stanford Graduate School of Education, and her B.A. from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.

Representative Publications:

A Design Thinking Approach to Developing Girls’ Creative Self-Efficacy in STEM”

“Using design thinking to cultivate the next generation of female STEAM thinkers”

Selin Gülgöz, Ph.D


Assistant Professor of Psychology, Fordham University

Social Thinkers Lab
Dr. Selin Gülgöz is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the principal investigator of the Social Thinkers Lab at Fordham University. With her students, she examines how individuals with diverse (and often marginalized) gender identities construct social categories, how people’s reasoning about social categories is reflected in their attitudes and behaviors toward members of those categories, and how we can learn about the developmental origins of early social cognition by observing these cognitive and behavioral processes. Dr. Gülgöz completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan. Prior to her position at Fordham, she also completed an NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington.

Representative Publication:

“Similarity in transgender and cisgender children’s gender development”

ryan lei, Ph.D


Assistant Professor of Psychology, Haverford College

Intersectionality in the Social Mind Lab

Dr. Ryan Lei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Haverford College. Dr. Lei earned his B.A. in psychology and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Northwestern University. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Lei was a postdoctoral associate with Drs. Marjorie Rhodes and Andrei Cimpian at New York University. His research takes an intersectional perspective on how children acquire and use social categories. Specifically, he is interested in how children overlap race and gender in their mental representations and what that means for important outcomes such as intergroup attitudes and academic motivation. Dr. Lei’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation.

Representative Publications: 

“The Development of Intersectional Social Prototypes”

“Children lose confidence in their potential to “be scientists,” but not in their capacity to “do science”

allison master, Ph.D


Assistant Professor of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences, University of Houston

Identity & Academic Motivation Lab

Allison Master is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Houston. She earned a BA from Yale University and PhD in developmental psychology from Stanford University. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. Her research examines how stereotypes impact girls’ interest and sense of belonging in STEM. Her work has been published in journals including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Educational Psychology, and Child Development. Her research on promoting girls’ STEM motivation has also been funded through grants from the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences and the National Science Foundation’s ITEST and CSforAll programs. She is passionate about using research to improve equity in education.

Representative Publication:

“Gender stereotypes about interests start early and cause gender disparities in computer science and engineering”

vanessa raquel raponi, P.Eng., PMP 

Founder, EngiQueers, and Senior Product Development Engineer and Product Sustainability Committee Lead, Spin Master Ltd.

Vanessa Raquel Raponi is the founder of EngiQueers Canada – a national non-profit that advocates for intersectional queer inclusion in the profession of engineering in Canada. As a queer woman of colour, it is one of Vanessa’s biggest passions to continue this advocacy work. Vanessa is working as a Senior Product Development Engineer at Spin Master – a Canadian founded children’s entertainment company that makes such brands as Paw Patrol and Rubik’s Cube. Vanessa has made toys for a living for 4.5 years now!