Equity, diversity and inclusion
Equity, diversity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a major focus for 2019 and 2020.
Over the last year, the Chief Science Advisor Forum has been focused on building a bridge between the science advisory system and te ao Māori. This culminated last year in a hui on 11 December.
It seems apt in this year of commemoration to ponder the interface of our two knowledge frameworks. Tahu and I were honoured to be asked to write a forward for a New Zealand Science Review Special Issue on Mātauranga and Science.
Nāku te rourou, nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.
One of our interns, Dr Tara McAllister (Te Aitanga ā Māhaki), and her fellow researcher, Dr Sereana Naepi, joined RNZ to talk about their research into the stubbornly low numbers of Māori and Pasifika working at New Zealand universities.
It has been a high profile week for equity, diversity and inclusion issues in science and academia, so it seemed timely to update on some of our intern projects.
Juliet was interviewed by RNZ journalist Charlie Dreaver following the release of a report on diversity in the science sector from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
Juliet attended the opening of the National Māori Genetics Research Centre, Waharoa Ki Te Toi, in Kaitāia on Friday 17 August.