#103 Raw Talk Roundtables: Underrepresentation in STEM


Feb 2, 2022

Students from under-represented groups in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields often experience a myriad of challenges due to a variety of systemic barriers such as lack of representation or diversity, appropriate financial support, and having a supportive learning environment. In this episode, our team and guests take a deep dive into the importance of representation, mentorship and community within STEM fields, as well as elaborate on how they feel these environments should be improved. We speak to Mohsen Poorganji, the co-founder of the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) International Student Group, Layan Elfaki, the president of the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) at the University of Toronto (UofT), and Dr. Andrea Boggild, the Medical Director of the Tropical Diseases Unit at University Health Network and an Associate Professor at UofT. Listen to these conversations along with our hosts, Daniel and Rachel, who chime in and reflect on their learnings throughout the episode.

Incorporating Indigenous Cultures and Realities in STEM
IMS International Student Group
Black Graduate Student Association
Community of Support

Dr. Andrea Boggild

Medical Director, Tropical Disease Unit, University Health Network; Associate Professor, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Mohsen Poorganji

PhD Candidate, Institute of Medical Science & Co-founder, IMS International Group, University of Toronto

Layan Elfaki

MSc Student, Institute of Medical Science & President, Black Graduate Student Association, University of Toronto

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