DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, EQUITY & ACCESSIBILITY
The Canadian Association of Science Centre’s (CASC) mission is to empower a national network of organizations who champion Science and Innovation by making science approachable, relevant, and accessible. We believe diverse participation and representation are essential and that our networks thrive when we create an inclusive culture where people feel respected and valued for who they are as an individual.
As a national membership association, we are committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility. We are embarking on a time of reflection, looking inwards, with a thorough organizational assessment of our policies and practices; staff and volunteers; and membership engagement strategies. This is crucial to allow us to become fully inclusive and, in a position, to reduce barriers within the informal science learning and public engagement sector.
We understand that we have work to do. We will work with our communities to mobilize and empower a full spectrum of ideas, perspectives and talent to challenge ourselves and build a framework for learning, accountability and change.
Summary of our progress (2016-present)
ACTIONS TO ADDRESS THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION RECOMMENDATIONS
ADDRESSING GENDER AND SEXUALITY BARRIERS IN STEM
CONFERENCE PLANNING AND EXECUTION
ADDRESSING SYSTEMIC RACISM AND THE NEED FOR INCLUSIVE SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT
BUILDING A FRAMEWORK FOR LEARNING, ACCOUNTABILITY AND CHANGE
NEXT STEPS FOR 2021:
Canadian Association of Science Centres
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Sudbury, ON. P3E 5S9
The CASC office is situated in Robinson Huron Treaty territory and the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. We pay respect to their traditions, ways of knowing and acknowledge their many contributions to the innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Clearly and overtly this gratitude must be demonstrated in our collective commitment to truth and reconciliation, by working to transform existing relationships, with open dialogue, mutual understanding and respectful collaborations