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Hidden STEMM Figures in Cambridge

Date: 16th & 23rd November 2020

Time: 6.00 – 7.30 pm

FREE Online

1. Building Wikipedia legacies: BAME Women in STEMM – 16th November 2020

2. Driving BAME representation in STEMM23rd November 2020

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women face a number of challenges when pursuing studies or a career in STEMM, including biases related to race, underrepresentation and lack of role models. CamAWISE, with support from the University of Cambridge Diversity Fund, will be running two FREE events in November to celebrate the contributions of BAME women in STEMM.

Building Wikipedia legacies: BAME women in STEMM

16th November 2020, 6:00-8:00pm

On November 16th we will develop Wikipedia profiles for BAME women in STEMM, to recognize their achievements and scientific contributions. The session will include training in developing Wikipedia profiles and shared working to develop a set of Wikipedia live content. Workshop REGISTRATION HERE.

– Welcome
– Introduction to Wikipedia profiles
– Work on profiles (small groups)
– Shared experience on working on the profiles
– What next


Driving BAME representation in STEMM

23rd November 2020, 6:00-7:30pm

On November 23rd we will get together to share our experience at the workshop and to discuss broader issues around challenges and solutions for driving further BAME representation in STEMM. REGISTER HERE.

Guest Speakers:
Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu DBE, Emeritus Professor of Nursing at University of West London
Leyla Shahid, Policy Officer, Women and Gender Equality, Canada

– Welcome
– Guest speakers: Prof Dame Elizabeth Anionwu DBE and Leyla Shahid
– Why Wikipedia, my relevance – Day 1 workshop lessons learnt
– Share personal experiences, lessons from the events
– Conclusion


Join us to develop a collection of profiles that can serve as role models for BAME women in science and foster a discussion about potential solutions to bring further representation of BAME women in STEMM. Both events will start at 6pm and are free but require registration.



Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu CBE FRCN FQNI PhD

Professor Dame Anionwu is an Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of West London.  In 1979 she set up the first ever UK sickle cell/thalassaemia nurse counselling service, based in Brent.  She then became a senior lecturer in Community Genetic Counselling at the University College London’s Institute of Child Health.  Prior to retirement in 2007, she was Dean of the School of Adult Nursing Studies & Professor of Nursing at University of West London (UWL) & also established the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice.

Elizabeth is co-author with Professor Karl Atkin (University of York) of The Politics of Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia (2001) published by Open University Press & author of A Short History of Mary Seacole: a resource for nurse & students (2005), RCN Publishing.  Her highly acclaimed memoirs ‘Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union were published in September 2016 & are on Amazon. 129/133 (97%) reviews rate the book as 5-star.

She was Vice-Chairperson of the successful Appeal for the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue that was unveiled in June 2016 & is now Life Patron of the Mary Seacole Trust.  Elizabeth is also Patron of the Sickle Cell Society & the Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK & is Vice-President of Unite/Community Practitioners/Health Visitors Association (CPHVA).  In 2018 Elizabeth was listed as  one of the top 70 influential nurses and midwives between 1948 and 2018.  In 2020 she was included in the top 100 Greatest Black Britons & as one of the 50 most influential BAME people in health.

In May 2020 Elizabeth appeared as a guest on the BBC Desert Island Discs radio programme.

Leyla Shahid, Policy Officer, Women and Gender Equality, Canada

Leyla Shahid (she/her) has worked for over 10 years in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, and Sexual & Reproductive Health. These have been within policy analysis, program management and capacity building.

Her work across all departmental levels of the Canadian Government includes federal, provincial and municipal. Leyla’s work emphasis is on the practical and accessible, through participation and ownership in developing content, dismantling silos, empowerment and transparency in power dynamics. Her focus centres on emotional literacy and the intersectionality and complexity of identities.

Leyla has a BA in Economics, with a specialisation in Women’s and Gender Studies, and MA in Women’s and Gender Studies. Connect with Leyla Shahid on LinkedIn here.


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