Equity and Inclusivity Committee

Chair: Brenda Matthews (2015-2017) NRC, Herzberg


  • Pauline Barmby (2015-2017) Western University
  • Byran Gaensler (2015-2018) Dunlap Institute, University of Toronto
  • Lauren Hetherington (2015-2017) GSC Representative; University of Toronto
  • Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo (2015-2018) Université de Montréal
  • Kristine Spekkens (2016-2019) RMC

Mandate and terms of reference

This committee is charged with the following:

  1. Taking a critical look at CASCA’s ethics statement and making suggestions to the Board for improvements.
  2. Preparing a section on the CASCA web page summarizing best practices for hiring and for inclusivity in the workplace.
  3. Moderating an open discussion session on inclusivity at the CASCA Annual General Meeting.
  4. Maintaining a database of diverse candidates for colloquium invitations.
  5. Compiling national statistics on women and minorities in Astrophysics and making these publicly available on the CASCA website.
  6. Acting as points of contact for people in the community who feel harassed or need advice on issues related to harassment.
  7. Ensuring that CASCA meetings are welcoming for all members of our community.

Archived reports:

May 2017
Dec 2016
May 2016

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