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Building Inclusive Futures in Engineering and Geoscience: Breaking Barriers, Fostering Excellence, and Navigating Personal Journeys

Hosted by the Richmond/Delta Branch

Friday, March 22, 2024

12:00 PM–1:30 PM Pacific time


Eligible for 1.5 CE Hour(s) of Communications and Leadership Learning

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Event Details


Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $10.00 + GST

Non-Registrant Price: $10.00 + GST


For more information about this event, please contact the Richmond/Delta Branch

Event Presenter(s)

Tina Strehlke, CEO - Minerva BC

Founded in 1999, Minerva BC is a registered charity that is dedicated to advancing the leadership of women and girls. As CEO, Tina has more than 15 years’ senior leadership experience in the career development, education, and social impact sector. She has knowledge and expertise in gender equality, inclusive leadership, and creating equitable workplaces. Tina has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from UBC (1994) and a Master of Arts in Communications from Royal Roads University (2008). She has lived and worked in Germany, Costa Rica, Guyana, and Taiwan. Tina currently volunteers with Her Mentors and Young Women in Business UBC and is a member of the Essential Impact Advisory Group.

Samia Khan, Ph.D. - UBC

Samia Khan is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at UBC. She is a former scientistand a public high school and junior high science teacher from Alberta. Well-published in the areas of how people learn about things they can’t see and how we can teach science using models, Samia has contributed to the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering and delivered keynotes at international STEM education conferences. Samia Khan was the former Associate Dean of Research and Chair of Education in a university in the UK and Director of the Master of Educational Technology Program at UBC. Her commitment to EDI in higher education is evident as a member of the ARIE taskforce that made 150 recommendations to UBC, a member of the UBC Dimensions Committee to strengthen EDI and research, and a UBC representative for the Asia Pacific Rim Universities Women in Leadership Consortium. In her leadership role as Director, Samia Khan launched three EDI initiatives that are ongoing. As an avid student of EDI and decolonization, she teaches in the graduate and preservice science teacher education program.

Lerato Chondoma - UBC

Lerato hails from the Batuang Clan of ba ha Moletsane from Lesotho in Southern Africa and lives as an uninvited guest on the unceded, ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people, where she works and raises her children. Lerato is a proven strategic leader, public sector administrator, and employment equity lawyer deeply rooted in racial equity and anti-racism, DEI, decolonization, and reconciliation. She is committed to the advancement of employment equity and human rights in the workplace, and across systems, laws, policies, practices, and cultures more broadly. Her leadership experience spans education, research, advocacy, inquiry, and monitoring, including 15 years of combined experience specializing in organizational development, systems change management, operations management, impact evaluation, and policy development. Lerato also co-leads transformative learning and innovation programs to build collaborative capacities for systemic transformation and address the root causes of inequality, discrimination, and injustice across disciplines and sectors. Currently, Lerato is the inaugural Associate Director for the UBC Indigenous Research Support Initiative.

About the Event

Are you eager to explore the nuances of diversity and inclusion in STEM fields and discover actionable steps to enhance diversity in STEM? If so, we invite you to join the Richmond/Delta Branch for an enlightening panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in engineering and geoscience. Engage with industry experts as they share insights and strategies for fostering an inclusive landscape in STEM.

Diversity is not just a goal but a practice that fosters great ideas and acknowledges the necessity of a wide variety of perspectives and experiences in STEM fields. This panel discussion delves into the multifaceted aspects of diversity, exploring the visible and invisible barriers, the concept of inclusive excellence, and the challenges faced by practitioners from equity-deserving groups.