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05 Jun

Nola Etkin

Nola Etkin is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Prince Edward Island, where she has taught Organic Chemistry and conducted research in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis since 1997.  She served for six years as Chair of the Department of Chemistry, and in 2019 she was appointed interim Dean of Science at UPEI. Throughout her career, Nola has been a leader and an equity activist, both within academia and in her community. Her involvement in Equity work began as a PhD student at the University of Alberta where she was involved in the local Women in Science and Engineering group and co-chaired the campus GLBTQ group.  In the late 1990′ she was a founding co-chair of Abegweit Rainbow Collective, which was formed to provide support and advocacy to PEI’s 2SLGBTQ community, and is currently Chair of the Board of PEERS Alliance (formerly AIDS PEI). She has served as President of the UPEI Faculty Association, and as a member of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Equity Committee. She currently serves on the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC)’s Working Group on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, the Chemistry Education Division Executive, and the CSC Board as Director of Student Engagement.   In 2016 Nola edited the book Making Chemistry Inclusive: Proceedings of the CSC Symposium on Equity and Diversity in Chemistry.