Equity

We believe that STEM-based learning enables youth to understand and impact the world around them. With fewer than 6 million children and youth in Canada, our aspirational goal is to positively impact every one of them.

To do this, Let’s Talk Science is committed to building a diverse team, providing an inclusive work and volunteer environment, tackling barriers and inequities, and offering programs, services and resources, which are free of prejudice and embrace diversity.

STEM offers a relevant and powerful learning platform that is inclusive and supports equity. And we will work even harder to foster open and frank discussions about challenging issues. 

Transparency & Accountability

Our Commitment

The tragic events of 2020 that highlighted ongoing systemic racism around the world remind us of the serious, ongoing inequities and racial discrimination that result in barriers for many youth to reach their full potential. We believe that education is critical to addressing these barriers and Let’s Talk Science is committed to being part of the solution. 

President’s Message

We are examining our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy to increase focus on identifying and addressing issues related to race and racism. We will develop measurable outcomes to track our accountability.

We will continue to diversify our team. We will continue to support learners in all regions of Canada. We will continue to seek advice and guidance from our stakeholders. We will continue to welcome partnerships that can help us learn and continue to improve our impact. And we will work even harder to foster open and frank discussions about challenging issues.

Our core values shape and define every aspect of our work:

  • Collaborative Spirit: We are better, smarter and more creative when we work together in diverse teams to achieve meaningful outcomes.
  • Continuous Learning: We are always learning and view every experience as an opportunity to improve our efforts to build futures.
  • Integrity: We are honest, do the right thing, keep our word and take responsibility for our actions.
  • Future Looking: As leaders, we are nimble, take calculated risks and keep evolving everything we do.
  • Empowering Others: We enable people to participate and contribute to making our world better.

Anti-Racism Task Force

Let’s Talk Science established the Anti-Racism Task Force in June 2020, with representation from the Board of Directors, staff, and the volunteer-driven Outreach Program. It is expected to report in December 2020, with a focus on: 

  • investigating how issues of race and racism impact Let’s Talk Science; 
  • developing recommendations to improve equitable access and program value for all youth; and 
  • identifying specific opportunities and/or strategies to improve the engagement of racialized youth. 

Diversity Dimensions

We believe all youth are curious and capable, and we strive to ensure equal access to our programs and resources for all youth.

Our commitment to supporting equitable outcomes and access has underpinned our efforts in STEM education and outreach for nearly 30 years. 

Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another.

Inclusion is an organization’s effort and practices in which different groups or individuals having different backgrounds are culturally and socially accepted and welcomed, and equally treated. Inclusion fosters a sense of belonging.

Equity is fairness or justice in the way people are treated.

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Impact

Inspiring Stories

Explore Let’s Talk Science’s EDI commitment and the impact of STEM engagement with stories about the people whom we engage with across Canada.

Horizon Project

As technology adoption accelerated during COVID-19, the equity gap in education widened. Let’s Talk Science worked with partners to create the Horizon Project to send a caring message and offer the gift of learning to vulnerable children in Grades 4-6 across Canada.

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