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Women and Diversity in STEM: A Personal Journey

February 3, 2021

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An interactive presentation on the status of women in STEM in Canada as reflected in Dr. Valdez’s journey as an immigrant woman. A passion for science took her from her home town in Cusco, Perú to Canada for a better education. During her journey in academia, she learned to navigate the intricacies of the research environment as a woman of color.

She then transitioned to industry, where she was confronted with a highly competitive environment inside and out of the Research and Development Department, where the same rules and strategies of academic life did not necessarily apply. She has also gained experience in research management. Her work for the UBC Faculty of Medicine exposed her to an new side of academia, directing various programs aimed at supporting research initiatives and environment from the undergraduate level to the recruitment of top-notch faculty researchers.

Now she runs @ImmunoLatinXs, where she amplifies minority voices in science and connects immunology enthusiasts around the world. Her varied experiences provide unique insight into life as a visible minority woman navigating different areas of science.

Following the presentation is a Q&A period. She will be openly discussing all aspects of her research journey and her life as a wife and mother.

Join us to hear the story of Dr. Valdez’s journey from bench to boardroom, and how her experiences can help you succeed in your scientific career!


12:00-12:10 Welcome

12:10-12:35 Presentation

12:35-12:55 Q&A

12:55-1:00 Closing




Society For Canadian Women In Science And Technology (SCWIST)