Past Event! Note: this event has already taken place.

When: Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm — 2:30 pm
Location:Virtual Event Via Zoom Webinar
Audience:Anyone, Carleton Community, Staff and Faculty

What do Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) mean to you? What will you do to advance EDI in Science?

Please join us for this inaugural event in our new ACE EDI event series to foster awareness, build collaborations and spark engagement to advance equity, diversity and inclusion.

This event will explore two questions: (1) What does EDI mean to you? and (2) What would you do to advance EDI at Carleton University? A panel of experts from the Carleton community moderated by Rowan Thomson, Assistant Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Science, will discuss these themes and take questions from attendees.

Please register in advance

Have a question for the panel? Questions can be asked via Zoom during the event or in advance by filling out and submitting the form below. Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to

Meet the Panel

Michael F. Charles is a lawyer in the Province of Ontario Canada, and an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategist.  As the inaugural Assistant Vice-President and University Advisor, Equity and Inclusive Communities, his portfolio represents 37,000 faculty, staff and students at Carleton University – Canada’s capital university.  His body of work has led him to national advisory roles including his current membership in the Universities Canada EDI Advisory Group.  Prior to work in higher education, Michael provided EDI research, strategy and program consulting services to a broad array of public sector and non-profit organizations in Canada; as well as private sector organizations including financial service institutions, health care corporations and, international law firms across North America.  In 2015, he co-authored “The Challenges Facing Racialized Licensees” report for the Law Society of Upper Canada, now the Law Society of Ontario.  Examining the experiences of 45,000 racialized and non-racialized lawyers and paralegals, the study remains the largest of its kind in Canada, forming the basis for transformative governance changes within the legal profession.  Michael aligns his professional with his personal interests, currently serving as the Executive Committee LGBT Chair for Human Rights Watch (Canada).  He is a frequent speaker, advisor and author on matters of organizational culture, inclusion, and human rights.
Sarah Ivanco is in her 5th and final year of Combined Honours Neuroscience at Carleton University. She is currently the VP Internal of the Carleton Science Student Society and works as a Data & Diversity Intern for cancer immunotherapy network, BioCanRx. She is passionate about knowledge mobilization, community-led research, and work-life balance.
Dr. Kahente Horn-Miller (Kahente means “she walks ahead”) (Kanien:keha’ka/Mohawk) received her doctorate in 2009. She is a mother to four daughters and grandmother. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University and Assistant Vice-President, Indigenous Initiatives.

As an active member of her community, Dr. Horn-Miller is a figurative bridge builder as she engage with issues that are relevant to her work and academic interests such as Indigenous methodologies, Indigenous women, identity politics, colonization, Indigenous governance, and consensus-based decision making. Her governance work and community-based research involves interpreting Haudenosaunee culture and bringing new life to old traditions. It is the fruit of her endeavors as a Mohawk, an educator, and a mother that she brings into her interactions with Kahnawà:ke:ronon (people of Kahnawà:ke) and the academic community.

She Co-Chaired the Carleton University Strategic Indigenous Initiatives Committee which resulted in Kinàmàgawin, Carleton’s revitalized Indigenous strategy. In 2018 she initiated the Indigenous Collaborative Learning Bundles project which is successfully increasing Indigenous content in classrooms across disciplines.

Inga Sliskovic is Research Facilitator in the Faculty of Science at Carleton University. After completing her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Windsor (2007), and two post-doctoral fellowship in genetics and protein biochemistry at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, respectively, Inga joined research administration as a Research Coordinator, Natural Sciences and Engineering at the University of Windsor in 2010. In her current role, Inga provides support to faculty members in the Faculty of Science with their research initiatives and grant applications. With the recent push from funding agencies on the EDI considerations in grant applications, Inga has been providing support and advice on this topic. Inga is also a member of the Faculty of Science EDI committee.
Jason Hinek is an instructor in the School of Computer Science at Carleton University. With degrees in physics, mathematics, and computer science, he has spent his academic life, both as student and teacher, in environments that are not very diverse. To help with diversity in computer science, he has been a member of Carleton’s Women in Computer Science (WiCS) group since it was created 5 years ago. He has also started an outreach program to introduce computer science to young elementary school children with the hopes of normalizing computer science, STEM in general, for young girls before stereotypes and cultural norms discourage it.

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