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November 22, 2021

Shalwar Kameez Walk Success!


Over 150 people attended the Shalwar Kameez Walk on Western main campus on November 12, 2021.

Powerful speeches were made by Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best (Course Director and York University) and Dr. Opiyo Oloya (Associate Vice-President, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion). They shared words outlining the severity of islamophobia across Canada, and empowering Muslims and allies to stand together against a problem that "[Muslims] did not cause." - Dr. Oloya.

The walk began promptly following Drs. Jackson-Best and Oloya's speeches. Participants marched twice around campus, holding signs and chanting. Following the walk, participants heard from Sadaf Mehrabi (a PhD student in Engineering) and Zamir Fakirani (President of USC). Zamir ended the speaker series with a crucial call to action, urging politicians to pass the Our London Family act, which includes making changes to educational systems so children can better understand Islamophobia, dismantling white supremacist groups in the province by preventing them from registering as societies, forming a provincial hate-crimes accountability unit that would investigate failures in fighting hate incidents, and hiring more minorities in the public service.




November 17, 2021

Opportunity for Graduate Students | Under the Tent


Under the Tent:
An Open Call to Graduate Students

CERC in Migration and Integration has launched a new project, Under the Tent, and is once again inviting graduate students from across Canada.

Under the Tent is a multimedia storytelling project that explores the sense of belonging or not belonging under the tent of Canadian multiculturalism – a 50-year legacy of government policy that was intended to recognize the nation’s racial and cultural diversity, and promote the inclusive and equal participation of all Canadians. Multiculturalism has brought enthusiasm as well as disappointment, equity and inequality, and community and exclusion, especially around Indigenous reconciliation and decolonization.

Under the Tent, the next iteration of the inaugural i am project, invites selected participants to reflect on individual and collective experiences with multiculturalism and to propose contributions towards its future possibilities. It is a multimedia space that invites participants to produce creative works that express criticisms and new thinking. Under the Tent is intended to unpack and reframe multiculturalism through a creative lens.

Under the Tent is led by Cyrus Sundar Singh and Anna Triandafyllidou, from the CERC Migration lab. The project begins in January 2022 and will end in June 2022.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit the following event page.

Opportunity for PhD graduates to contribute to science policy in Canada


Help solve public policy challenges in Canada.

The Canadian Science Policy Fellowship (CSPF) is now accepting applications from prospective fellows interested in undertaking a year-long policy position with a Canadian government host office beginning in September 2022.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident*
  • Hold a PhD in any academic discipline at the start of the fellowship
  • Participate full-time in a 12-month fellowship with the host office
  • Secure accommodation in the host city, and relocate to their host office as needed
  • Negotiate a leave of absence from their current employer, as applicable
  • Meet any additional requirements of their hosts, including (but not limited to) security clearance requirements

The 2022 cohort of fellowships will begin in September 2022. Approved fellows receive remuneration from their host offices as well as professional development training and networking events facilitated by Mitacs.

Applications will be accepted until February 2, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

At this time, the intention is that the CSPF program will be carried out in person, but COVID-19 restrictions could result in a virtual placement. For more information, please visit the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship page or contact

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES | "Writing and Well-being" | November 24, 2021


Professor Helen Sword, from The University of Auckland, New Zealand, will be speaking next Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. with a talk entitled Writing and Well-being.

DATE: Wednesday, November 24, 2021
TIME: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


About the Talk
Are the pressures of productivity, perfectionism, and the pandemic taking a toll on your health and well-being? In this one-hour workshop, international writing expert Helen Sword will draw on findings from her current book project – a study of the social, physical, aesthetic, creative, and emotional dimensions of academic writing – to show how you can write your way into a more pleasurable, fulfilling, and life-affirming “SPACE of Writing.”

Presenter Bio
Professor Helen Sword is scholar, poet and master teacher whose books on writing and writers include Stylish Academic Writing (Harvard 2012), The Writer's Diet (Chicago 2016), Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write (Harvard 2017) and Writing with Pleasure (forthcoming from Princeton UP in 2022). She is a Professor of Humanities at the University of Auckland and the recipient of several major research and teaching awards.  Professor Sword has facilitated writing workshops at more than 100 universities, conferences, and research institutes on every continent except Antarctica. See her website ( for links to resources including books, workshops, retreats, free videos, innovative editing tools and the WriteSPACE, an international writing community with members in 30+ countries.

November 16, 2021

PhDs: Launch your career at full speed with an internship


If you’re a current a doctoral student or doctoral candidate, consider exploring challenges beyond your degree program by enrolling in the Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP).

Your advanced skills in communication, collaboration, and problem solving are incredibly valuable to employers looking to hire Western graduate students. Internships are meaningful, full-time, paid work experiences, where you can connect theory with practice, build your network, and lay the foundation to launch your career at full speed!

The Graduate Student Internship Program is for all Western doctoral students in programs that do not include a mandatory internship, co-op, practicum, or placement component. Internships are four, eight, or 12 months long, and ideally start at the beginning of any academic term.

To be eligible to participate, you must be registered as a part- or full-time PhD student at the time of application. You must also be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. International students are not eligible to participate at this time.  Finally, we ask that you confirm with your thesis supervisor or graduate chair that you are in good academic standing and meet the graduate program conditions for progression toward your degree. Support from supervisors is essential as you’ll be required to take a leave of absence from your studies.

Learn more about the program:

Sign up for the program through Western Connect:

Questions? Send us a note to

SURVIVING and THRIVING in Graduate School  


Do you find yourself constantly doing research or coursework? Or when you're not, are you thinking that you should be doing research or coursework? Do you have difficulty with work-life balance? Do you feel isolated and lonely during your graduate school experience?

If any of these experiences sound familiar then come and join us for an hour-long workshop about surviving and thriving in graduate school.

Register on Western Connect:


November 11, 2021

APPLY NOW: Weston Family Awards in Northern Research


We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2022-2023 competition for the Weston Family Awards in Northern Research.


Funded by the Weston Family Foundation, this prestigious awards program supports outstanding students pursuing research in Canada’s North as part of a master’s degree, doctoral degree or postdoctoral fellowship.

This year, the Weston Family Foundation will be supporting:

  • Up to 15 awards for master’s students valued at $15,000 over one year
  • Up to 10 awards for doctoral students valued at $50,000 over two years
  • Up to 4 awards for postdoctoral fellows valued at $100,000 over two years, in addition to up to $10,000 per year for travel and conference expenses

The deadline to apply is January 27, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

November 10, 2021

Africa-Western Collaborations Day 2021 - Virtual Mini Summit on Climate Change Adaptations in Africa | November 17, 2021


Everyone across campus is invited to attend this year's Mini Summit on Climate Change Adaptations in Africa hosted virtually by the Africa Institute at Western University.

The Young Scholars workshop which will be held in the afternoon, (1-3pm ET), will provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on the morning’s presentations.

We look forward to an engaging discussion.


Registration Information for Winter Term 2022



Any requests to change your winter term status should be submitted by November 25, 2021.

These changes include requests to change from full-time to part-time, part-time to full-time, leaves of absence, Intent to be eligible for TDO status, voluntary withdrawal, etc. Requests for Leaves of Absence, Part-Time Status, and Voluntary Withdrawal may be submitted online via the Graduate Student Web Services Portal.

Other request forms to be submitted in hard-copy are also found via the Portal.


If you anticipate that you will complete your degree requirements within the fall term and be eligible to graduate at the February Convocation, you must apply to graduate via the Student Center.

Once logged in, under the Main Menu select "Self Service" and then “Graduation”. Select “Apply for Graduation” and follow the instructions to complete the process, which includes verification of your name and degree being awarded.

Please complete your application to graduate by November 25, 2021.

SOCIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM | Women Managers and the Gender Wage Gap: Workgroup Gender Composition Matters


DATE: Friday, November 26, 2021

TIME: 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
LOCATION: Please email for the Zoom link

Sylvia Fuller is Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, and Academic Director of the British Columbia Research Data Centres Network. Her research explores how labor market inequalities develop and erode and the implications of changing employment relations and social policy for people’s economic security and mobility. In recent years, she has published extensively on the relationship between gender, parental status, and labour market inequalities, including work addressing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Canada. She has also published research on temporary workers’ employment and wage trajectories, factors shaping the career pathways of new immigrants, and the impact of welfare reforms on lone mothers, among other topics. Dr. Fuller is currently collaborating on a multi-partner project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) that aims to develop knowledge to inform more equitable and robust work-family policies.

Prof. Fuller has received several awards for her research, including the Aurora Prize, Aileen D. Ross Prize (both awarded by SSHRC) and The Canadian Sociological Association Best Paper Award. She has also been nominated for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.

Women’s representation in managerial positions is a common metric for gender equity in organizations. Whether female managers improve gender equity among their subordinates is, however, less clear. Drawing on rich longitudinal personnel data from a large Korean food company, the talk will provide new insight into this question by focusing attention on key micro-contexts for interaction and relational politics within organizations: workgroups. Building on social-psychological theories about in-group preference and value threats, my collaborator Young-Mi Kim and I theorize that workgroup gender composition conditions the relationship between supervisor gender and gender earnings differentials within them. Results from regression models with workgroup fixed effects confirm this insight. Female supervisors are associated with smaller gender earnings gaps when workgroups are male-dominated, but gender wage gaps widen under female supervision as teams become more female-dominated.

We would love to see you all there! All disciplines welcome.

Contact if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make these events accessible to you.

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