NSERC-GreEN provides a unique opportunity to increase the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) among the printed electronics community. To promote and increase EDI, all NSERC-GreEN positions for undergraduated and graduated students emphasizes the opportunities to develop non-traditional career paths. GreEN will also engage with groups and networks that focus on EDI in science and engineering such as the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Women Members Network, the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, the American Physical Society’s Committee on Minorities in Physics, Engineers Canada’s Women in Engineering strategy, The American Chemical Society’s LGBT Chemist and Allies network, and the Disability Advisory Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
NSERC-GreEN will provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all undergraduated and graduated students with mentoring opportunities. This strategy to promote EDI is designed to provide diverse role models for all HQP, as well as additional support and mentoring for HQP who are interested in having this experience. Mentoring and networking activities address the isolation that underrepresented groups in STEM fields often experience; mentoring relationships with senior colleagues who are from similar backgrounds can make all the difference.
NSERC-GreEN will provide opportunities for collegial interactions that offer encouragement, guidance, and models to inform participants’ career development at the NSERC-GreEN annual Meeting and Summer School. A Committee focusing on EDI has been created and headed by Prof. Tricia B. Carmichael, Dr. Chloé Bois and Dr. Patrick. L. Malenfant.