IBPOC STEM Network: Women and gender-diverse faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students

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Are you an IBPOC woman (including cis and trans identities) or an IBPOC gender-diverse person in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan? Join our networking series and build community with other IBPOC women and gender-diverse people. Faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students are welcome.


Within STEM, there are few faculty and staff who are IBPOC women or IBPOC gender-diverse people. As a result, trainees, junior faculty and staff, and even those in leadership roles who identify as belonging to these groups have very limited options in terms of getting empathic mentoring and support. This lack of support can lead to feelings of isolation, reduce a sense of belonging, and negatively impact retention. Non-tenured faculty may also feel unsafe asking other faculty and/or staff within their units for support as they may be involved in their performance reviews.

The IBPOC Women/Gender-Diverse Persons STEM Network is a response to these considerations as an affinity space for mentorship and support. Network programming is focused on enhancing wellbeing, cultivating a greater sense of belonging, building greater self-efficacy, supporting retention and initiatives that mobilize justice, equity, decolonization, Indigenization and inclusion within units.

Get Connected

If you are an IBPOC Woman or gender-diverse person in STEM from UBCO or UBCV, stay in the know and contact Hazita Harun (hharun@cs.ubc.ca) to join the UBC IBPOC STEM slack channel.