Based on CSPB-SCBV member suggestions from the 2021 EDI survey and initiatives from the CSPB-SCBV EDI committee, we have changed or modified several aspects of the society to make it more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible. Some of the major accomplishments achieved as of February 2023, are listed below.
Enhanced diversity of CSPB-SCBV Executive : Compared to the composition of our executive committee in 2021 (42% women and 0% members of a visible minority), our current Executive (50% women) is quite diverse and is made up of a mix of BIPOC (33%) and Caucasian (67%) members. We have changed from 0% representation of visible minorities to 33%. Our aim was to achieve 22% representation from members of visible minorities by 2030 and we have been able to exceed the 22% target in less than one year. Representation of BIPOC in the 12 committees of CSPB-SCBV has also increased from 17% to 28% exceeding our proposed 22% target by 2030.
French versions of the CSPB-SCBV bulletin, emails and conference communications: Through the Executive’s efforts, new opportunities for graduate students and post-doc involvement in CSPB-SCBV were created by introducing a column dedicated to their voices in the bi-annual bulletin, offered in both official languages. We are also striving to send out emails and conference communications in both French and English.
Recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day CSPB-SCBV recognizes the National Truth and Reconciliation Day by changing the background of our webpage to orange, along with a statement for the National Truth and Reconciliation Day. We also ask our members to think about ways CSPB-SCBV can contribute to reconciliation. The EDI committee has also created a land acknowledgement for CSPB-SCBV.
New EDI-informed conference handbook that includes a collection of guidelines and resources to promote more inclusive conference planning. This handbook will be posted on the CSPB-SCBV webpage and will also be provided to the conference organizers during the planning stages.
New inclusive guidelines for judging posters and oral presentations at both national and regional conferences to reduce any potential bias while judging.These guidelines were implemented in the 2021 ERM, WRM meetings and 2022 joint ASPB/CSPB-SCBV PB22 meeting. Through a pre-conference meeting all the judges became familiar with the judging rubric to reduce unconscious bias during judging and scoring of candidates.
Reformed nomination process for several society awards, so that candidates are also able to self-nominate without a need for seeking their nomination by another member of the society.
First ever EDI plenary session at Plant Biology 22: At PB22, CSPB-SCBV actively participated in the first ever Joint CSPB-SCBV- ASPB EDI Plenary session entitled, Science Without Borders: Our CSPB-SCBV speakers, Edel Pérez-López (Laval) and Allison MacDonald (Laurier) certainly made us proud with their exceptional EDI-focussed seminars. CSPB-SCBV EDI committee chair, Marcus Samuel chaired the plenary session which also included other science-based talks from ASPB members on species migration, domestication, and culture.
Conference socials are more inclusive and welcoming: Our CSPB-SCBV Mix and Mingle social event at PB22 was a phenomenal success. The EDI committee worked on making this event a less formal, more welcoming one by introducing CSPB bingo which resulted in lots of mingling and interacting among all attendees. This created a great atmosphere that allowed the informal, inclusive setting we were hoping to achieve. We were very pleased with the feedback from this event; organizing this evening has inspired other ideas for facilitating similar informal and welcoming environments for future social events.
Our EDI committee mandate is posted on the webpage and will be updated regularly as we strive to make CSPB-SCBV more inclusive, open and welcoming where there is a place for everyone.
Our sincere thanks to the all those who submitted great suggestions in the 2021 CSPB-SCBV EDI Survey and to the past and present members of the EDI committee for spearheading these EDI-specific changes. You can download the results of the 2021 survey in PDF format here.
CSPB EDI committee’s mandate includes identifying barriers to
participation in CSPB-SCBV and identifying and implementing solutions to
increase participation and enhance diversity and inclusion. The goals
of the committee include:
Sur la base des suggestions des membres de la CSPB-SCBV lors de l'enquête EDI 2021 et des initiatives du comité EDI de la CSPB-SCBV, nous avons changé ou modifié plusieurs aspects de la société pour la rendre plus inclusive, diverse, équitable et accessible. Certains des principaux accomplissements réalisés jusqu'en février 2023, sont énumérés ci-dessous.
Nos sincères remerciements à tous ceux qui ont soumis d'excellentes suggestions dans le cadre de l'enquête sur l'EDI 2021 de CSPB-SCBV et aux membres passés et présents du comité EDI pour avoir été le fer de lance de ces changements spécifiques à l'EDI. Vous pouvez télécharger les résultats de l'enquête 2021 en format PDF ici.
Le mandat du comité comprend l’identification des obstacles à la participation au CSPB-SCBV et l’identification et la mise en œuvre de solutions pour augmenter la participation et améliorer la diversité et l’inclusion. Les objectifs du comité sont les suivants :
Le directeur du comité EDI de la CSPB est le vice-président de la CSPB, veuillez le contacter à firstname.lastname@example.org.