Academic Women

Academic Women at Simon Fraser University is an organization of women faculty, lab instructors, and librarians.  The group was formed in 1988 with the goal of creating a network of women in the SFU academic community.  The group meets several times a year and communicates via an email list.  If you are a new female, tenure-track faculty, lab instructor, or librarian, please contact the President of the group.

Currently, the President of the group is Dr. Elise Chenier (echenier@sfu.ca).

Academic Women Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Member Consultation

OPEN CONSULTATIONS FOR ALL AW MEMBERS

Tuesday March 5, 1:30-3:30, facilitated by TBA and Nicki Kahnamoui
Location: Burnaby Campus AQ 6229 (wheelchair accessible, approximately 20 metres from an elevator, and 10 metres from an accessible and an all-genders washroom)
Let us know you will attend in person (you may use a pseudonym, initials, etc.) 
http://signup.com/go/VVOktTO 
Attend via BlueJeans by clicking on this link: https://bluejeans.com/300573349

Wednesay March 6, 9:30-11:30 AM, facilitated by TBA and Nicki Kahnamoui
Location: Burnaby Campus AQ 6229 (wheelchair accessible, approximately 20 metres from an elevator, and 10 metres from an accessible and an all-genders washroom)
Let us know you will attend in person (you may use a pseudonym, initials, etc.) 
http://signup.com/go/VVOktTO
Attend via BlueJeans by clicking on this link: https://bluejeans.com/425616473

Thursday February 28, 1:30-3:30 PMAW members with disabilities, facilitated by Grace Iarocci and Nicki Kahnamoui
Location: Burnaby Campus AQ 6229 (wheelchair accessible, approximately 20 metres from an elevator, and 10 metres from an accessible and an all-genders washroom)
Let us know you will attend in person (you may use a pseudonym, initials, etc.)
http://signup.com/go/WYoHkKu
Attend via BlueJeans by clicking on this link: https://bluejeans.com/861128520

Tuesday March 5, 9:30-11:30 AM for AW members who have parenting and/or other significant family care responsibilities facilitated by Atousa Hajshirmohammadi and Nicki Kahnamoui
Location: Burnaby Campus AQ 6229 (wheelchair accessible, approximately 20 metres from an elevator, and 10 metres from an accessible and an all-genders washroom)
Let us know you are attending in person (you may use a pseudonym, initials, anything)
http://signup.com/go/BHCaGTD
Attend via BlueJeans by clicking on this link: https://bluejeans.com/257821972

Wednesday, March 6, 1:30-3:30 PM, for AW members who have parenting and/or other significant family care responsibilities, facilitated by Sonja Luehrmann and Nicki Kahnamoui
Location: Burnaby Campus AQ 6229 (wheelchair accessible, approximately 20 metres from an elevator, and 10 metres from an accessible and an all-genders washroom)
Let us know you are attending in person (you may use a pseudonym, initials, anything)
http://signup.com/go/BHCaGTD
Attend via BlueJeans by clicking on this link: https://bluejeans.com/852580747

Tuesday March 19, 9:30-11:30AM for AW lesbian, Two Spirit, bisexual, queer, and trans members, facilitated by Ann Travers and Nicki Kahnamoui
Location: Burnaby Campus AQ 6229 (wheelchair accessible, approximately 20 metres from an elevator, and 10 metres from an accessible and an all-genders washroom)
Let us know you are attending in person (you may use a pseudonym, initials, anything)
http://signup.com/go/eZDCGNe
Attend via BlueJeans by clicking on this link: https://bluejeans.com/637315697

Tuesday March 19, 1:30-3:30PM for AW BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of colour) and racialized members, facilitated by Roxanne Panchasi and Nicki Kahnamoui
Location: Burnaby Campus AQ 6229 (wheelchair accessible, approximately 20 metres from an elevator, and 10 metres from an accessible and an all-genders washroom)
Let us know you are attending in person (you may use a pseudonym, initials, etc.)
http://signup.com/go/RmiQbuj
Attend via BlueJeans by clicking on this link: https://bluejeans.com/135118983


To book a one-on-one consultation with Elise Chenier, President of Academic Women, go here: http://signup.com/go/ZZkKgPU

 

What are we doing?

Academic Women is launching a consultation to find out how your experiences at SFU might be shaped by factors other than your skill set, such as your sex and/or gender, being racialized, having a disability, and managing challenges that arise as a result of having parenting or similar care responsibilities. This is not a complete list; you are welcome to raise additional issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion at SFU during open consultation meetings, or in a one-on-one meeting with a member of AW’s EDI committee.

Why are we doing it?

Currently, SFU is undertaking an examination of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), which you can read about here. AW is participating in this process by providing both open and focussed consultations with our members and collecting information through a survey. Our findings, which will be anonymized unless a request to be named is explicitly made, will be shared with the EDI team to inform their recommendations to the university about how it can best address the systemic inequalities at SFU. The EDI team supports this initiative and welcomes our contribution.

How are we doing it?

Beginning February 28th, we are holding seven consultations with members (please see and sign up below), running an experiential survey, and holding “office hours” to allow members to meet with a member of the AW EDI advisory group one-on-one should that be preferred. The consultation meetings will be led by professional facilitator Nicki Kahnamoui and a member of Academic Women. Andrea Eidinger, (PhD University of Victoria, 2011) will serve as the note-taker. Analysis will be led by Kendra Strauss, Director of Labour Studies at SFU. These meetings are open only to AW members. The EDI team is holding campus-wide open consultations; please check their web site for information about them.

No name attributions will be made during the data collection process except when a participant indicates that they want to be identified. All of the data gathered will be kept in a password-protected location on SFU’s server. This study does not require REB approval.

How you can participate:

  • Read the Background Paper
  • Sign up to attend one or more two-hour consultations in person (below) or, attend via Bluejeans.
  • Allow us to document your input, concerns, and experiences in a private consultation (make an appointment below).
  • Encourage other female colleagues to participate; ask your chair to promote this and the broader EDI consultation process led by Kim Hart and Genevieve Fuji-Johnson.
  • Give me feedback on this process – what’s working and what isn’t? What have we not thought of or considered that needs to be included?

Why you should participate:

Protest led by feminist academics against the allocation of the vast majority of Canada Research Chairs (CRC) to white men led the federal government to require universities vying for CRCs to develop an EDI plan. This has resulted in part in the current EDI initiative which will recommend to the Vice-President, Academic how SFU can improve equity, diversity, and inclusion. Many of us have insights and experiences that need to be heard.  AW wants to serve its members by amplifying your voices through this process.