How can we inspire our community to get involved in pressing environmental and conservation issues? How can we encourage, promote, and build self-confidence in science to our next generation? A simple answer comes to my mind: Science Outreach. As a scientist, I’m passionate about communicating our science to the general public, especially youth. Therefore, I’ve gotten involved in several science outreach groups. I coordinated the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (for 3 years) and have done lots of other outreach activities (see Science Outreach tab). Check out the tabs for more information.
To strive for a more inclusive and equitable space for folx in academia, I have been an active volunteer on several university councils, graduate student committees, and society committees. I use these elected and non-elected positions to ensure the voice of graduate students and BIPOC folx in STEM are heard, to enhance a feeling of community, and to help create strong collaborative networks. See the tabs (forthcoming) to learn more about what positions I have held and the positive changes I endeavored.
Within the university, I founded the UTSC Ecology and Evolution Journal Club. Formerly, I was an executive on the EEB Graduate Student Association (EGSA) and President of the Graduate Student Association at Scarborough.
At Fisheries and Oceans Canada, I served one term as a co-chair for the Science Early Career Network.