Inclusiveness in Academia: Lessons learned by North-America, one year later

MCAA-NA Inclusiveness

(This event is for MCAA members and non-members! Feel free to invite your friends!)


30 May (18.00h CET / 17.00h GMT / 12.00h EST / 9.00h PST)

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The Marie Curie Alumni Association North-America Chapter is pleased to invite you to our incoming seminar and round-table on diversity and inclusiveness. From the hand of the experts and advocates Dr. Adriana Romero Olivares and Bibiana Pulido, we will be addressing the progress that North-America has done regarding inclusiveness in academia in the last year, with special attention to the measures taken and programs engaged by North-American universities. We are very excited to have you join this discussion with our great panelists and co-hosts, Dr. Elsa Abs, Dr. Sergio Crespo-Garcia and Dr. Pritam Bose.



- Bibiana Pulido (she/her)

Co-founder and Executive Director RIQEDI- Institut EDI2

Bibiana has always believed in the importance of addressing the injustices that most marginalized people in society may experience and in ensuring inclusive environments for all. With this in mind, she co-founded the Réseau interuniversitaire québécois pour l'équité, diversité et inclusion (RIQEDI), a nonprofit organization that brings together Quebec universities as well as several stakeholders in the university community who have the mandate or desire to promote and integrate the values of equity, diversity and inclusion within their institutions. She is the Executive Director of this organization. Bibiana is also the Director of Partnerships, Learning and Training Development at the Institut Équité Diversité Inclusion Intersectionnalité (EDI2). For the past year, she has contributed to the development of the Master's degree in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Université Laval and is also responsible for coordinating the program, while having the opportunity to teach. With a multidisciplinary background in political science, Latin American studies, management, and industrial relations (with a specialization in human resources), she has contributed as a researcher and manager to numerous research projects and has developed expertise in the fields of innovative, creative and academic industries, well-being at work, skills development, knowledge management, equity, diversity and inclusion management, discrimination in organizations and unconscious bias. Bibiana Pulido works as a consultant, through her company CIDI, in various projects related to her expertise in different sectors. In a constant desire to learn and to be involved in scientific research, she is also a PhD candidate in industrial relations (human resources) and works on knowledge development in the video game clusters in Quebec and Sweden. She is very dedicated to teaching and mentoring students, university research and community involvement.


- Dr. Adriana Romero Olivares (she/her)

Assistant Professor at New Mexico state University

Adriana is a soil microbiologist who works at the intersection of ecosystem ecology and evolution with an emphasis on fungi. She is interested in understanding how fungi respond and adapt to environmental stress. And her overall research goal is to better understand and plan for ecosystem-scale effects of global climate change. Adriana is originally from Mexico and she received my PhD from the University of California Irvine where she investigated the effects of global warming on the soil fungal communities of boreal forests in Alaska. She did a postdoc at the University of New Hampshire where she was a Diversity & Innovation Scholar studying fungal traits and emission of volatile organic compounds in soils experiencing long-term simulated warming and nitrogen pollution at Harvard Forest. She is now an assistant professor at New Mexico State University in the Department of Biology where she is exploring fungi in dryland ecosystems, their traits, and how they respond and adapt to global climate change. She is passionate about feminism, intersectionality, social justice, and equity in general, and more specifically in STEM. She loves knitting and mushrooms, and she has two guinea pigs!

Event Start Date
30 May 2022

Event End Date
30 May 2022

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