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Mohawk College represented at international Athena Swan conference

Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Maxine Carter served as a panelist April 7 as part of the Diversity Interventions 2022 Conference, hosted by Oxford University.

17-04-18-maxine-carter3The annual conference, Towards a Science and Profession of Athena Swan, was hosted in-person and online. Athena Swan is an influential global movement for gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in higher education and research organizations. Established in the UK in 2005 and run by Advance HE’, the Athena Swan framework has now been adopted in IrelandAustralia (SAGE)United States (SEA Change), and Canada (Dimensions) and a pilot project is currently underway in India (GATI).

The 2022 conference provided Athena Swan professionals, researchers, and advocates from across the world to share best practice, discuss emerging innovations, and exchange personal experiences in designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions and action plans. Carter participated remotely in a panel entitled Implementing Interventions and Action Plans in Different Settings. Panel members shared their reflections on implementing interventions within departments, higher education institutions, colleges, and research institutes, and consider how models of best practice can be reproduced in different settings.

Her fellow panelists included:

Jenna Ardagh, Program Manager – Athena Swan, Edith Cowan University

Vanessa McKean, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, The Institute of Cancer Research

Dr. Deirdre Ni Eidhin, Senior Technical Officer, Department of Physics, University of Limerick

Dr. Laura Richards, Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Research Fellow, University of Manchester

Dr. Darla Thompson, Project Director, SEA Change Biomedicine, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)