Virtual Faculty Webinar: Be An Active Bystander on May 21st

Dear Faculty,

The STEM LEAF/ADVANCE Team is sponsoring a webinar that will be focused on being an active bystander in STEM classroom settings on May 21st from 3-4pm, all faculty are welcome to register. Please register at this link:

Creators, Sara Rezvi and Rosalie Bélanger-Rioux, have prepared a series of webinars and related assignments that discuss issues of equity, access, justice, identity, and inclusion. Sara and Rosalie will offer you tools and strategies for the necessary work of creating meaningful and actionable change in our mathematical communities. These webinars were created for those who see the importance of equity and are eager to explore new ways to promote a better culture in their workplace. They are also for those who may not understand the complexities of the topic, those who know some but want to learn more, or those who are concerned about the changes the future holds.

We challenge you to attend, come prepared with an open and inquisitive mind, and actively participate in the conversations. Be brave and allow yourself to question your assumptions. We look forward to you joining the fight for a more equitable community!

Be an Active Bystander

Understand the five stages of being an active bystander, and the associated benefits and barriers. Practice intervening in various scenarios.

When: Friday, May 21st from 3 to 4:30pm

For: The first 30 faculty members to register.

Please register at this link:

Rosalie’s Bio:

Dr. Bélanger-Rioux is a Faculty Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Before that she was a Preceptor and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Mathematics Department at Harvard University. She received her undergraduate degree in applied mathematics from McGill University, and her Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She teaches mathematics courses and participates in advising, mentoring and otherwise supporting mathematics students, majors, and teaching assistants. She also works to address issues of diversity and inclusion in mathematics departments and beyond.

Sara’s Bio: Sara Rezvi (she/her) is a doctoral student in the college of education at UIC pursuing a PhD in math curriculum and instruction and gender studies. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Chicago in mathematics and teaching. She is the Program Director for the Math Circles of Chicago, an instructor at UIC, and a published poet and math ed scholar. She is interested in all things justice, healing, and joy. 

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