The workgroup does not currently have any events planned. Information regarding these events will be forthcoming. Importantly there are many other events that are ongoing, past, and future.

Part of the work of this workgroup is to share information  about events that others are organizing. We recommend reviewing information on the SFU Psyc IRC website regarding events organized by the IRC as well as information on Other Events (past, ongoing, future).

Events that may be of more general interest for disciplinary change and/or of interest for/regarding equity seeking groups will be listed here.


There are many opportunities for learning and gathering that are available to us in online and inperson formats. The sections include links and brief descriptions of some events. In the case of events that have passed, some links to videos are also available/suggested. 

Some Upcoming Events

When: May 2023
Events and Symposium offered by the SFU Centre for Educational Excellence
May 15th: Symposium: Belonging and Inclusion in our Classrooms / Events - Simon Fraser University

When: May 25 2023
WhatBias, Fairness, and Validity in Graduate-School Admissions: A Psychometric Perspective
Speaker: Dr. James LeBreton
Format: Zoom Webinar
Registration required: at:
Brief description:" As many schools and departments are considering the removal of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) from their graduate-school admission processes to enhance equity and diversity in higher education, controversies arise. This talk is based on an article I published with my colleagues (Woo, LeBreton, Keith, & Tay, 2023). In this talk, we adopt a psychometric perspective as our lens for reviewing these important issues.  From our perspective, we see a critical need for clarifying the meanings of measurement “bias” and “fairness” in order to create common ground for constructive discussions within the field of psychology, higher education, and beyond.  We critically evaluate six major sources of information that are widely used to guide graduate-school admissions decisions: grade point average, personal statements, resumes/curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, interviews, and GRE. We review empirical research evidence available to date on the validity, bias, and fairness issues associated with each of these admission measures and identify potential issues that have been overlooked in the literature. We conclude by suggesting several directions for practical steps to improve the current admissions decisions and highlighting areas in which future research is needed."
Note: The ideas expressed by these presenters may be seen as controversial by some individuals and confronting in some ways. The UBC Counselling Psychology Program supports the free exchange of ideas and respectful open debate, consistent with the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists, 4th edition (2017) standards I.1, III.8, and III. 21, and consistent with the Code of Ethics of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (2020) standard A7. The ideas expressed by the speakers are their own and no endorsement by the UBC Counselling Psychology Program of their views is offered or implied.

When: June 7th, 2023
What: Queer, Trans, and Iranian American: A Pride Month Conversation with Dr. shawndeez and Dr. Shadee Abdi
Format: Zoom
Brief Description: "Dr. Persis Karim will be in conversation with these two scholar/writers about the perceptions, joys, and challenges of being queer and trans in the Iranian diaspora community. Our conversation will include Dr. shawndeez (they/them) who received their doctorate in UCLA’s Department of Gender Studies. As a Gender Studies Instructor, they taught courses on Trans Magic, Queer & Trans Muslim Feminisms, and QTPoC Resistances. Their dissertation research explored how queer and trans Iranian Americans engage with the spiritual as a form of resilience, healing, and possibility. shawndeez is also the founder and editor of khejalat, a digital zine created by and for the queer and trans Iranian diasporic community. They are now a full-time public speaker, spiritual guide, and workshop facilitator, offering spiritually-conscious spaces for queer/trans people to lean into their joys."

When: July 2023
What: Workshop: Emerge -- A disability studies workshop cohort at Longmore Instititute

When: January 2024
What: Conference: National Multicultural Conference and Summit


Some Recent Events

When: December, 2021
 APA Essential Science Webinar VIDEO: APA Apology to Communities of Color: Implications for the Future of Psychological Science - YouTube
Location: Online video
Workgroup and Psyc Dept engagement: The workgroup lead was (and still is) a member of APA Council, at the time of the finalization and vote for the APA Apology. If you have any questions feel free to contact the workgroup lead. 

When: January 26, 2023
What: APA Essential Science Webinar VIDEO: The Science of Research Mentoring
Brief description: "Most psychological scientists are expected to be research mentors. But few are trained in mentoring skills, or in the science of mentoring. Join us for a discussion on best practices as a mentor, including mentoring scholars of color."

When: March 2023
What: Regional Conference: NW Regional Equity Conference
Brief Description: "aims to improve equitable, sustainable experiences and outcomes for systemically marginalized and underrepresented populations through inclusive and anti-racist strategies. This conference is geared toward educators, administrators, non-profit, governmental, and other professionals and individuals across the region who would like to broaden their social justice knowledge or remove institutional barriers for systemically underrepresented populations"

When: March 2023
What: Documentary screening and Faculty discussion forum presented by the SFU Centre for Educational Excellence
March 27th: Moving Together in the Ways of the People: Documentary Film Screening / Events - Simon Fraser University (
Location: In-Person SFU-Burnaby
Brief Description: "...short documentary film debut and faculty discussion forum. Moving Together In The Ways of The People is a documentary film that follows a dedicated group SFU educators, graduate students and staff as they endeavour to find meaningful ways to take action towards reconciliation by embarking on a sacred learning journey led by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh elders and knowledge carriers on traditional, ancestral, unceded Coast Salish territories."
Workgroup and Psyc Dept engagement with event: Rachel & Undergraduate Program Chair were in attendance to learn from the host communities and about the program that the SFU educators, staff, and students participated in. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the workgroup lead.

When: March 29-31, 2023
What: Disability, Chronic Illness, and Inclusion in Academia: A student conference
Location: Zoom
Brief Description: "Disability, Chronic Illness, and Inclusion in Academia is a student conference examining the intersection of social justice and academia on issues of disability justice, chronic illness advocacy, accessibility, and intersectionality. The conference will bring researchers, advocates, educators, and New School community members at the student, staff, and faculty level together to address best practices and gaps at the intersections of our work"
Some highlights:
-Keynote Address "Infusing Disability-Affirmative Therapy (D-AT) into Clinical Training -- Dr. Rhoda Olkin
-Panel: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Disability -- Dr. Kathleen Bogart, Dr. Madeleine Brodt, Dr. Celeste Orr, and Dr. Leslie Zukor
-Town Hall: Disability, Chronic Illness, and Inclusion in Academia Town Hall
-Student Research: Disability, Chronic Illness, and Inclusion in Academia Research Blitz

When: April 2023
What: Teaching practice workshop offered by the SFU Centre for Educational Excellence
April 6th: Inclusive Teaching through Active Learning / Events - Simon Fraser University (; Speakers: Dr. Kelly Hogan and Dr. Viji Sathy
Location: In-person, SFU-Burnaby
Workgroup and Psyc Dept engagement with the event: Rachel, two students from the Dept, and a limited term faculty member attended the event. Although the event was not recorded, a separate talk given by Dr. Sathy in March 2022 at UBC, entitled: Cultivating Inclusive Experiences In Our Classrooms, Curriculum, and on Our Campuses, is available for viewing: Colloquium with Dr. Viji Sathy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - UBC Department of Psychology. If you are interested in discussing the video by Dr. Sathy and/or some of what was shared at the workshop, please feel free to contact the JEDAI workgroup. Please note Dr. Sathy and Dr. Hogan also have a new publication on inclusive teaching practices which you may be interested in: Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom : Hogan, Kelly A., Sathy, Viji: Books

When: April 7th is the APPLICATION DEADLINE for set of Zoom sesssions May-July 2023
What: 3rd Summer Session in Gender/Sex/uality In/Justice: The Body and the Double Bind: Sex/ual/ized Stigmatization, Oppression, & Resistance
Details and related resources provided at: van Anders lab (
Brief Description: "In this summer session theme “The Body and the Double Bind”, we center the body as both a corporeal and socially constructed site in the experience of gender/sex/uality in/justice. Participants will explore the roles that body size, gender presentation, race/ethnicity, disability, and intersections of these play in sexual life, with particular attention to experiences of sex/ual/ized stigmatization, oppression, and resistance. Through readings, videos, reflection, and discussion, session attendees will critically examine the double-binds produced by both the processes of stigmatization and the experiences of oppression. These double-binds consist of paradoxical social norms, contexts, and structures that seek to limit resistance and maintain oppressive systems and their social hierarchies. These double binds are both documented by and, in many cases, replicated within dominant approaches to sexuality and gender research. Research approaches that uncritically accept the double binds of stigmatization and oppression serve to further marginalize subjugated groups by excluding their full lived experiences and reinforcing narratives that attempt to strip them of agency and power. To challenge these dynamics within our own practices, the summer session will assist participants in recognizing, identifying, and centering strategies of sex/ual/ized resistance, through which subjugated peoples seek to survive, mitigate, end, or transform the harms they have experienced."

When: April 19th, 2023
What: APA Dialogue: Psychological Science Explains Why Some Feel Threatened by Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives
Format: Zoom Webinar
Brief Description: "Learn more about how psychological science can help us understand polarizing debates about free speech, academic freedom, diversity, equity, and inclusion–and how we can use our science to address it. Join us April 19 for an Essential Science Conversation on the relevant research and a discussion on action steps. Register here. "
Workgoup and Psyc Dept engagement with the event: If you missed the event, the video is available at: Psychological Science Explains Why Some Feel Threatened by Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives - YouTube. Feel free to contact the JEDAI workgroup if you wish to discuss what you saw.


Some APA Videos some may find of interest

In the words of 2023 APA President Dr. Therma Bryant,

"    This year we have a new series of webinars.  I hope you will check them out and share them with colleagues.  In February, we released one on Black History Month.  In March, we had Women's History Month.  This month we have Arab American Heritage Month.  Below are the links.
     For the rest of year, you can look forward to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Disability Pride Month, Jewish American Heritage Celebration, Latino Heritage Month, and Native American Heritage Month.   
    Thank you for your support in viewing and sharing." (email of April 3, 2023)

Celebrating Black History Month: The History, Legacy, and Resilience of Black Psychologists - YouTube

Celebrating Women’s History Month: How Women in Psychology Are Changing the World - YouTube

Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month: The Power of AMENA Culture and Identity in Psychology - YouTube

Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: AAPI Culture in Psychology - YouTube