Shaping inclusive network cultures

How can we ensure that young women have the mentoring support and inclusive networks they need to launch their careers successfully? Project SINC aims to increase integration of women in social networks as they transition from university to the workplace.



Key Obstacle

Social exclusion in professional networks


Integrate men and women to collaborate effectively and promote each other

The Problem

Promotion and retention at work is tied to an employee’s integration in social networks and interactions with colleagues, but women in STEM often report subtle signs of exclusion in their interactions with others in male dominated fields. These experiences of exclusion make women especially aware of their gender and contribute to workplace burnout. Women’s exclusion from professional networks means that they often miss out on key opportunities to advance their careers.

Our Approach / Goals

SINC uses advanced methods to examine daily experiences and test interventions. One intervention is designed to increase belonging and reduce stress among identity-threatened students. A second intervention will use more equitable role assignments to increase positive interactions between men and women in the workplace. In partnership with the undergraduate engineering programs at the Universities of Toronto, McMaster, Waterloo, and British Columbia, social inclusion interventions will be implemented among engineering students while they go on summer internships and “co-op” placements in order to measure the efficacy of these programs for creating a sense of social support and mutual respect between students as they make the transition from university to the workplace.

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Key Leaders

Elizabeth Page-Gould PhD

Canada Research Chair in Social Psychophysiology, University of TorontoRead Bio
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Sonia Kang PhD

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Department of Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and Special Advisor on Anti-Racism and Equity, University of Toronto MississaugaRead Bio

Will Hall PhD

Assistant Professor, Brock

The Team

The Project SINC team combines expertise in the science of implicit gender bias, bias reduction, intergroup contact, diversity, and STEM outreach.

A headshot of Grusha Agarwal

Grusha Agarwal

Graduate Student, University of
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Alice Choe

Graduate Student, University of

Joyce He PhD

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations, UCLA
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Shernell Hines BA (Hons)

Graduate Student, University of
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Leo Huang MA

Graduate Student, University of

Francine Karmali PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of

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Jacklyn Koyama PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of
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Angie Minah Park PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Management, University of Toronto Mississauga and the Gender and the Economy (GATE) Institute, Rotman School of
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Lesley Shannon PhD

NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (BC/Yukon); Professor, School of Engineering Sciences, Simon Fraser UniversityRead Bio

Steve Spencer PhD

Professor of Psychology, University of Waterloo; Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Chair in Social Psychology, Ohio State UniversityRead Bio
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Sheryl Staub-French PhD

Professor of Civil Engineering, and Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Faculty of Applied Science, University of British ColumbiaRead Bio

Mary Wells PhD

Dean of Engineering, University of WaterlooRead Bio

Stephen Wright PhD

Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology, Simon Fraser UniversityRead Bio

Project Partners

Project SINC proudly partners with University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, Simon Fraser University, Engineers Canada, the Engineering Change Lab, the Ontario Network for Women in Engineering (ONWiE), the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST), and the Network of NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering.


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