Intergenerational reflections on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

December 6th marks the anniversary of the murder of 14 women at the l'École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989. Following this event, Canada established December 6th as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, a day to reflect and take action against gender-based violence.  

We invite the SFU community to join us for a webinar memorial and an intergenerational conversation about the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, and the impacts of gender-based violence. 

Join us on December 4th, 2020 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm!

Register here:

We cannot assume everybody is familiar with what happened on December 6, 1989 in Canada. This is going to be an intergenerational conversation between individuals who were indirectly impacted by the massacre and current students to talk about what has changed on the issue of gender-based violence and how to continue building concrete actions to end gender violence. 

Also, we invite you using this Zoom background from November 30 to December 6 to raise awareness about gender-based violence.


Guest speakers:

Mary-Catherine Kropinski is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Faculty of Science. She has a BSc from Queen’s University, an Math from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining SFU in 1995, Mary-Catherine held a visiting research position at the Courant Institute of NYU. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in applied mathematics. She is a computational scientist whose research interests include designing targeted, high-precision tools to solve mathematical problems arising in fluid dynamics.

Dr. Anita Tino is a faculty member in the ENSC department at SFU, and Professional Engineer. She completed her B.Eng, M.A.Sc and PhD at Ryerson University (Toronto, Ontario) in Electrical & Computer Engineering. She pursued her Post-Doc in France, working as a computer architect at INRIA designing a hybrid CPU-GPU core. She continues to research new hybrid computer architectures, machine learning, and bioinformatics, while teaching and improving the ENSC curriculum in hardware-related courses.

CJ Rowe (PhD) is the Director of SFU’s Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office where they work with a team to support individuals impacted by sexual violence and sexual misconduct, develop sexual violence intervention and prevention educational campaigns, learning opportunities and initiatives and works closely with the University to implement and operationalize policy. 

Rose Epstein is a first-year engineering student at SFU, completing her second degree. She studied Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Saskatchewan and she is interested in Computer and Biomedical Engineering. She is excited to be a part of the WiE team, working towards inspiring young women to join STEM and create more diversity in engineering!

Samin Moradkhan is a second-year engineering student interested in AI and Biomedical engineering. Her passion is helping people and encouraging new students to get involved with the community. She is very happy to be a part of this team, plan events for all students and bring young women together. 


*This event is a collaborative effort between SFU WiE, the Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office, the SFU Human Rights Office, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion SFU, and the SFSS Women’s Centre.