Category Archives: POC

"Boys clubs" are still keeping minorities out of leadership roles, study finds

Image courtesy: Canva. “Old boys’ clubs” — a moniker used to describe social advantages men have over women in professional settings — could be responsible for a third of the corporate gender gap, according to a new study by Zoe Cullen of Harvard Business School and Ricardo Perez-Truglia of UCLA. “We find that when male employees are assigned to male managers, they

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See it, be it: Mentoring strengthens a student's commitment, study finds

Photo courtesy: Pexels/Christina Morillo. Edited by We Rep STEM. Students paired with professional mentors are more likely to gain a deep understanding and passion for their work, according to new research led by Consuelo Waight, associate professor of human development at the University of Houston. “By taking the students outside the classroom, they saw the relevance and meaningfulness of what they were

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Rude paper reviews disproportionately harm minority groups

“This author’s status as a trans person has distorted his view of sex beyond the biological reality.” “The first author is a woman. She should be in the kitchen, not writing papers.” “The author’s last name sounds Spanish. I didn’t read the manuscript because I’m sure it’s full of bad English.” These are just a few examples of unprofessional peer

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Racism common in Canada, according to new survey

Between one third and half of Canada’s ethnic minorities have experienced racism, according to a new survey by the Environics Institute for Survey Research and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.  An online survey of 3,111 Canadians aged 18 and older was conducted accounting for all provinces and genders, along with an “over-sample size” of participants identifying as Chinese, Black, South Asian, and/or

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‘Death by a thousand cuts’: Real-life examples of microaggressions

File photo courtesy: Pixabay Microaggressions — subtle but offensive comments or actions directed at a minority group that unconsciously reinforce stereotypes or bias — can be hard to quantify because they’re often delivered casually and without the intention to offend. Their effect is cumulative. For that reason, they’re often described as “death by a thousand cuts.” “All these seemingly small

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