Professionals in STEM
Culture of Exclusion
Create identity-safe interactions to foster a sense of inclusion
Realizing identity-safe environments
Project RISE: Inclusive Innovation tests new methods for enhancing inclusion at organizations using evidence-based strategies. Project RISE aims to create positive cultural change for professionals working in science and engineering by delivering workshops that:
The 2018 RISE Workplace Culture Survey assessed the culture experienced by women and men scientists and engineers across nine Canadian organizations. Our goal was to understand organizational culture at three distinct, but interconnected, levels:
Our research identified gender-inclusive policies, allyship, and implicit gender biases as key predictors of women’s fit and identity threat in the workplace.
Project RISE: Cultivating Collaborative Cultures is a research partnership among social scientists, STEM experts, and organizational partners committed to fostering gender diversity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). These in-person workshops employed a randomized control trial design, the gold standard in research, to assess effects of an in-person, interactive half-day workshop on Inclusive Innovation compared with a parallel workshop on Influential Leaders.
Relative to the Leadership workshop, our in-person Inclusive Innovation workshop increases (1) participants’ ability to recognize instances of implicit gender bias, (2) awareness of their own gender stereotypes (especially among men) , (3) the belief that gender bias in STEM is a problem, especially among those most skeptical at baseline, and (4) the belief that men can be particularly effective at fostering inclusion through allyship.
Building on our in-person workshops, our Inclusive Innovation workshop is testing the effectiveness of delivering the RISE workshop in a 3.5-hour highly interactive virtual dyadic workshop with key outcomes measured before and after the workshop. Learn more about becoming a partner here.
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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.