Speaker


Maydianne Andrade

Expert on Creating Equitable Workplaces

As the Vice-Dean of Faculty Affairs & Equity at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Professor Maydianne Andrade shows the strength diversity brings to an organization through actively promoting the hiring, retention, and success of a diverse and inclusive faculty. Through her informative and eye-opening talks, she speaks to the harm that unconscious biases have on both individuals and organizations, and provides techniques and solutions to resolve and mitigate those negative effects to create more positive and fair workplaces.

Professor Andrade earned her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behaviour from Cornell University and has been a professor at UTSC for more than 18 years, becoming the Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs and Equity in 2017. In this role, she advises on academic equity issues; faculty advancement, promotions, mentorship, and recognition; and, oversees all academic HR matters including the selection and training of Dean’s Assessors, labour relations and grievances, and more.

In addition, Professor Andrade is co-founder and the inaugural chair of the Toronto Initiative for Diversity and Excellence (TIDE) at the University of Toronto, where she provides education about unconscious bias to academic leaders and search committees across the three campuses of the University of Toronto. She has also conducted workshops and spoken on the topic at several universities across the United States and Canada, to division heads at the City of Toronto, and to Legal Aid Ontario.

An award-winning teacher, researcher, and science outreach educator, Professor Andrade is also the Canada Research Chair in Integrative Behavioural Ecology, a Research Associate at the Royal Ontario Museum, and has been recognized for her distinguished contributions to research by the Animal Behaviour Society. Her most recent science outreach efforts include acting as a guest host for an upcoming episode of CBC’s The Nature of Things called “The First Animals.”


Unconscious Bias and Challenges to Fair Assessment

Assessment of professional achievement is fundamental in all careers and affects hiring, compensation, promotion, and opportunities for further progress. Unfortunately, systematic biases may manifest in the implementation of workplace policies and procedures, particularly when it comes to women and racialized persons, and this may yield unfair outcomes, with negative effects felt throughout the workplace.

In her informative and eye-opening talks, Professor Maydianne Andrade outlines the negative impacts bias may have on both individuals and organizations, and, using an inclusive and positive approach, she shows how even well-intentioned individuals may have biases that impede their ability to reward achievement. She also provides steps that can be taken to reduce these effects and produce a positive, fair workplace culture.