I am thrilled to bring you my interview with Ana Sofia Barrows! Her work focuses on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Ana Sofia has coordinated events, given talks, and written articles focused on advancing EDI in science. Her energy is contagious—I left our interview feeling more energized than ever! If you are working towards making science more inclusive, this episode is required listening. You don't want to miss this.
Quick steps to be more inclusive:
• Acknowledge your implicit biases (try the Harvard Implicit Bias Test)
• Make decisions after acknowledging your biases (don't ignore them)
• Provide alternative text for Instagram pictures (the app has this feature)
• Close caption Instagram stories using an app like Cliptomatic
• Read the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (or your local equivalent) to learn more about making an inclusive space
• Make your slideshow presentations accessible for colorblindness
• Use gender-neutral pronouns (they/them/their) when addressing groups of people, instead of "ladies and gentlemen"
• Make sure your events are physically accessible (elevators, ramps)
• Ask events/venues about their accessibility
• If you don't know, ASK an EDI professional (or read articles by them). We're not all diversity experts, and that's okay. Keep learning!
• Apologize when you make a mistake! It's such a simple thing!