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BE-STEMM Mentorship Symposium

March 14 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Canadian Black Scientists Network invites you to the Black Excellence in STEMM Mentorship Symposium
  • March 14 & 15, 2024 
  • Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax NS
  • Host: CBSN Lead Ally Tamara Franz-Odendaal

With funding from the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s studies at Mount St. Vincent University, the BE-STEMM Mentorship Symposium features a series of FREE events with three goals:

  • share best practices for inclusive mentorship with diverse professionals and community members
  • inspire Black high school students through contact with diverse mentors and role models in STEM
  • provide mentorship  and connections for Black emerging leaders in STEM


Thursday, March 14th 

Session 1: Inclusive Mentorship Networking Event / 5:30pm – 9pm AT

An evening for allies, mentors, faculty, and teachers to explore inclusive mentorship best practices and to network.  All are welcome

5:30 pm. Welcome, dinner & networking 

6:00pm. Keynote address

Working towards Inclusive Mentorship with Dr. Jennifer Adams

Dr Adams is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair of Creativity and Science, Associate Professor at the University of Calgary.  Dr Adams’ scholarship “…[does not] dwell on deficits but aims to uncover frameworks of success and survivance; further, it will provide guidance to post-secondary institutions for transforming exclusive cultures and offering meaningful support to students who have been historically marginalized.” Click here to read more.

7:30 – 9:00pm. In-person Networking

Everyone seeking to adopt best practices for mentoring Black students is welcome! 

Coming soon:

  • Registration for in-person events (dinner, networking and keynote, 5:30pm – 9:00pm)
  • Virtual registration (keynote only, 6pm – 7pm)


Friday, March 15th

Session 2: Mentoring Success for Students / 9:15am – 3:00pm AT

An opportunity for Black-identifying high school students to engage with Black-identifying mentors in STEM fields during a mentorship rotation. A keynote address will also be given by Dr. Eugenia Addy.  In-person attendees are invited mentors, high school students and teachers.

10:15 – 11:15am  Keynote address

Inspirational Careers in STEM with Dr. Eugenia Addy

Dr. Eugenia Addy holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Toronto and is the founder and CEO of Visions of Science, and organization committed to advancing STEM equity by engaging Black and other racialized youth from low-income communities across the Greater Toronto Area.

Online registration

11:15am – 3:00pm. Mentorship rotations for students, lunch, dismissal


Friday, March 15th

Session 3: Mentoring Emerging Black Leaders / 3:30pm – 5:30pm AT

This talk and workshop will focus on practical considerations for emerging Black leaders. All Black-identifying professionals, academics, or community members interested in leadership are welcome to attend.

3:30pm – 4:30pm Keynote address 

4:30pm – 5:30pm Workshop

Paving a Path to Leadership with Dr. Maydianne Andrade

Dr. Andrade is a University Professor and Evolutionary Ecologist at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). She is President and co-Founder of the Canadian Black Scientists Network (CBSN),  Founder and co-Chair of the Toronto Initiative for Diversity & Equity (TIDE) and she has served terms as Vice Dean and Acting Dean at UTSC.

Overview: Many people, particularly in STEM fields, describe how they ‘ended up’ in leadership roles despite not having any training to prepare them to be a good leader. However, deconstructing the career paths of successful leaders often reveals commonalities in the acquisition of skills and knowledge that reflect the literature on leadership development across sectors (business, academia, government). Professor Maydianne Andrade will provide an overview and facilitate a discussion of ways to think about paving your own path to leadership, including a broad consideration of acquiring and demonstrating leadership competencies, tips on the ‘nitty gritty’ of the day-to-day approaches of an effective leader, and the realities of ‘Leading While Black’.

Join break-out groups in the workshop to consider challenging scenarios and how to navigate them in the moment, as well as how to develop leadership practices that avoid such challenges by anticipating and mitigating potential negative outcomes.

Black-identifying emerging leaders may register here (in-person only)


March 14
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm