Slesnick Symposium


May 5 & 6th

Face to face and virtual

Detailed Symposium Schedule

This year's symposium brought to you by the Irwin L Slesnick Endowment and the Howards Hughes Medical Institute

Meet our 2022 Speakers

Dr. Terrell Morton smiling
Interactive Keynote - Thursday, 5/5, 4-5:30pm

Critical-Cultural Boundaries to Inclusive STEM Teaching

Dr. Jessica Hernandez smiling.
Interactive Keynote - Friday, 5/6, 1-2:30pm

Beyond Western Science: Acknowledging Indigenous Science

Dr. Jeanne Chowning smiling
Interactive Keynote - Friday, 5/6, 3-4:30pm

What Does Science Have to Do With Race and Racism? Curricular Approaches to Anti-Racist Science Teaching

Irwin Slesnick showing flower parts to a child


The late Dr. Slesnick retired in 1996 after a 33-year career on Western's College of Sciences and Technology biology faculty. During his 33 years in the biology department, he profoundly impacted thousands of students and future science teachers. His vision and tireless advocacy for improving science education played a critical role in gaining approval for constructing the Science Education Building and influenced its unique design. Slesnick was instrumental in the establishment of the current SMATE program housed in the building that continues the work he started. The annual Irwin L. Slesnick STEM Education Symposium is a tribute to his memory.

Past Symposia

The Irwin L. Slesnick STEM Education Symposium was begun in 2014.  Each year's speakers and workshops have been recorded and are available on the Past Symposia page.