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Daily News Fall 2021 updates for students: What we know and what we’re working towards

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McMaster University will continue to host undergraduate academic activities remotely for the Spring/Summer/Intersession term with only a few exceptions for courses that need student access to specialized equipment.

Watch the 10 Rules for Building an Antiracist Lab Event

Antiracism Lab zoom picBuilding an antiracist lab doesn't require more committees, focus groups or surveys. The work can begin today. Leaders have a responsibility to take action. And simple, concrete steps can and must be made toward addressing individual, institutional and systemic racism.

These were among the key takeaways from a virtual conversation Nov. 24 with Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe and Dr. Bala Chaudhary, researchers and authors of 10 Simple Rules for Building an Antiracist Lab. A closed-caption video recording of the 90-minute webinar is available online.

In her closing remarks, Dean Maureen MacDonald called on leaders within the Faculty of Science to initiate important conversations that will lead to equity, diversity, inclusion and antiracism strategies. "The onus for starting these important conversations shouldn't fall on our graduate or undergraduate students. As leaders, it's important that we be the ones to initiate these conversations and act on what we hear."

The webinar was presented by the Faculty of Science, the McMaster Science Society and the McMaster Science Graduate Student Association. MSS President Nicole Wong and SciGSA President Rhea Desai joined Maureen and Juliet Daniel, Acting Associate Dean Research & External Relations, in talking with Asmeret and Bala.

A second event on guidelines for preventing harassment during fieldwork is planned for the winter term with Amelia-Juliette Demery and Monique Pipkin, Ph.D. candidates with Cornell University's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
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