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EDI Values in the Classroom

Presented by Dr. Ellen Bledsoe and Dr. Maria Davis

Session description:

In this interactive workshop, we will provide a broad, introductory overview of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and associated concepts of privilege, power, and intersectionality in a higher education context. We will explore the implications of diversity in our classrooms and the need for creating an inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environment at the university. We will discuss the difference between equity and equality and provide an example of how to foster meaningful inclusion in the classroom. We will end with an open discussion on some of the challenges faculty face when introducing EDI concepts in the classroom and some possible solutions. 

Session learning outcomes:

  • Define equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Recognize importance of diversity in STEM and academia 
  • Explain the difference between equity and equality
  • Compare the similarities and differences between privilege and power     
  • Analyze impact of intersectional identities on perceptions of power and privilege
  • Identify sources of personal privilege

Date:  Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Facilitator Bios



Ellen Bledsoe, PhD

Dr. Bledsoe is a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in the Department of Biology. She is a postdoc on the Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution’s (CIEE) Living Data Project, an initiative across 5 Canadian universities to train graduate students in data science best-practices and legacy data set rescue. Her research focuses on long-term dynamics of ecological communities. She is deeply engaged in inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) work, both at the university and national level.


Maria Davis, PhD

Dr. Davis is a Laboratory Instructor in the Department of Biology at the University of Regina where she teaches genetics and plant physiology labs. Her research with primarily undergraduate students focuses on microbial genetics and discipline-based (biology) education research. She interested in developing teaching strategies and materials that give students a sense of agency, to motivate and engage undergraduate students in learning. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Canadian Society for Microbiologists, Committee on Microbiology Undergraduate Education.