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EDI Seminar Series: Dr. Evelyn Asiedu

Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 11:00 to 12:30
Dr. Evelyn Asiedu, EDI Data Analysis, Data Management and Policy Analysis Postdoctoral Fellow at Thompson Rivers University
ESB 4192 / Zoom

Registration & Talk details

We invite you to a speaker series focussed on learning about equity, diversity and inclusion practices and initiatives in Statistics and Data Science. The in-person talk portion of the event does not require registration. You will need to register if you are attending the virtual talk, so you can access the Zoom link or if you plan on attending the in-person discussion as we will need to order food for the participants. It's open to interested students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff.

Our third speaker will be Dr. Evelyn Asiedu, EDI Data Analysis, Data Management and Policy Analysis Postdoctoral Fellow at Thompson Rivers University.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 17, 11:00am – 12:30pm (Talk 11:00-11:50am; Lunch & facilitated discussion 11:50am-12:30pm)

Talk title: What’s in a value – Contextualizing disaggregated data collection in Canadian Higher Education

For decades, Canadian Universities have proclaimed to be vestiges of acceptance where all can be successful. Specifically, in physical sciences objectivity is revered; upheld as the great equalizer leading us to innovation and is foundational to discovery. However, objectivity has perhaps prevented open commentary about the human aspects of science. Bias is inherent in us all, and privilege has shaped who we deem worthy to hold the title of scientist. 

  • A brief look into history will reveal the ways in which identity impacts upward mobility in society and success in Academia.

  • This talk will touch on some of the barriers to success which are present in higher education and challenge us to consider the impact on current and future scientists in our country. 

  • This reflection will carry us to the current discussion on equity, diversity, and “inclusive excellence” at Canadian post-secondary institutions and considerations for what it means for scientists nationwide. 

  • Finally, we touch on considerations for the collection of sociodemographic data and how to contextualize lived experiences into these figures.

Let’s explore where we’ve come from and where we can go as we begin to challenge the status quo in ways big and small.

After the talk, we will be hosting an in-person facilitated discussion (lunch provided). If you would like to attend the virtual talk or the lunch, please register using the link below:


This talk is one of the Statistics Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series. For more information and a list of speakers, please visit: