Use these microlessons to build your awareness and get tips/resources to help you create an inclusive workplace culture that attracts and retains the best engineering talent.

DiversifySTEM 101

By: The Breaking Barriers Team

With contributions from: David Thomson, Former CEO OACETT

We’ll answer

  • What is DiversifySTEM?
  • What can it do for me?
  • Why microlearning?

Introducing, DiversifySTEM: a new learning app for employers to deliver fun and interactive microlessons that explore issues of diversity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

It is well known that the most innovative and competitive companies have diverse workforces. The challenge is attracting and retaining top talent.

According to OSPE’s Breaking Barriers research report that compiled 3000 survey responses Canada-wide, we know that:

  • 1 in 2 women in STEM careers feel disrespected by managers, co-workers, and clients.
  • 1 in 3 experience pay inequity and have difficulty balancing work, family, and community.
  • 1 in 4 women in STEM careers are not fully using their STEM skills.
  • 1 in 4 face discrimination, harassment, or bullying at work in STEM.

Is it any wonder that companies are having difficulty in attracting diverse talent to join their teams? We think not.

What we heard from STEM employers is that they want to fix this but have no time to do the research and training. Are you in the same boat?

DiversifySTEM is the answer! Educational research shows that people are more receptive to learning and retain more information when it is offered in small chunks. Adult learners also want to be in control of their own pace and want flexibility when learning. The solution? Microlearning!

With interesting, research-based microlessons, this tool is designed for time-crunched STEM employers who understand the nature of the problem and want practical tips to change the diversity and inclusion landscape in their organizations. Our short, informative learning opportunities give you advice that can be put into action right away.

AnyTime, anywhere

Access Learning on Any Device

Access learning on any device. Each quick and enjoyable lesson delivers real-world context and practical tips that can be implemented immediately. Complete one or two microlessons during small pockets of downtime and feel like you have a new perspective or practical take-away.

To attract, retain, and advance women and members of underrepresented groups in STEM careers, companies need to take enact specific, research-based activating actions. Practically presented throughout DiversifySTEM courses, these actions can be a catalyst for real change, and ultimately give your organization a competitive edge. Score!

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) was the lead partner for OSPE’s Breaking Barriers project. Here is why OACETT CEO Cheryl Farrow supports and promotes DiversifySTEM: “Diversity in our membership and the profession at large is critical to achieving full potential in terms of excellence and innovation. Solving complex problems requires diverse perspectives, and OACETT fully supports efforts to reduce barriers and provide an inclusive environment and platform for women considering careers in engineering technology.”

Here are a few reasons you’ll enjoy learning through DiversifySTEM.

Information is “chunked” easy to navigate and there are no graded assessments. Modules are packed with information that will leave you feeling more enlightened and ready to take action!

Browse or search the microlessons to find quick tips and activating actions that are applicable to your immediate needs.

We are adding new lessons all the time so sign up to receive notifications when a fresh one arrives.

We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but get a load of what our users have said about DiversifySTEM:

“Easy to use, great content. Great tool to compliment onboarding and company diversity training.”

“I like that the education component is short and digestible with action-oriented tips.”

Getting started couldn’t be easier. Here’s what you need to do:

Sign up on our website to keep track of your learning, be notified when new lessons are added.

Key Takeaways


DiversifySTEM provides access to brief, informative microlessons on diversity & inclusion issues in the STEM world.
Companies with inclusive work environments attract the best talent and gain a competitive edge. Use these modules to learn actionable tips and get tools to help you build an environment that retains a diverse workforce.



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Companies with more diverse workplaces perform better financially. To drive innovation and keep our workforce competitive, we need to ensure that STEM employers are attracting and retaining ALL of Canada’s talent.