By Nathalie Podeszfinski, NSERC
The UK Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) is an internationally recognized initiative that celebrates higher education institutions that have implemented practices to advance EDI in the sciences. Since its launch in 2005, the Athena SWAN initiative has been widely implemented in the UK higher education sector, where it is run by Advance Higher Education (AdvanceHE). Athena SWAN was established to increase EDI and help drive deeper cultural change within the research ecosystem. Sound EDI-informed policies and practices increase access to the largest pool of qualified potential participants, enhance the integrity of a program's application and selection processes, strengthen research outputs and the overall excellence of research.
Canada's greatest potential can only be realized when all people are welcomed into the lab, the classroom and the field. That is why the Government of Canada is taking action to improve equity, diversity and inclusion in the research community. Recently the Government of Canada announced it would move forward with implementing a Made-in-Canada Athena SWAN initiative. In this presentation, the Made-in-Canada Athena SWAN initiative will be described and its current status discussed.