Conversations around International Women’s Day continue with the celebration of women in research and environmentalism and how their work is building a stronger future. 

Dr. Jane Goodall will discuss those topics in an exciting and inspiring conversation on March 23 with Indira Naidoo-Harris, University of Guelph’s AVP (diversity and human rights), during “A Conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall – Breaking Bias, Breaking Barriers.”

“I am so excited to have Jane Goodall — a world-renowned scientist, environmentalist, and social justice advocate –speak to our campus community. She is a trailblazer who has broken down barriers for women in research and paved the way forward for future generations,” said Naidoo-Harris. “I know that her wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to dealing with the challenges women face and building equity, diversity and inclusion will inspire our U of G students, faculty and staff for years to come.”  

Goodall is an ethologist and environmentalist who has contributed significantly to research on chimpanzees and has incorporated the needs of local people and the environment into the definition of species management. The UN’s Messenger of Peace, Goodall is also the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), whose environmental and humanitarian programs include two sanctuaries for orphaned chimpanzees.   

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Following the discussion between Goodall and Naidoo-Harris, Alex Johnson of the JGI of Canada will discuss how members of the U of G community can become involved in advocating for climate change, followed by a Q&A. 

“Having Dr. Goodall address our future leaders at the U of G is so important during this difficult and transformative moment in time,” said Naidoo-Harris. “Hearing her stories, advice and guidance will help our University community as they prepare to tackle some of the most pressing issues of today and tomorrow.” 

The free event will be held on Zoom, 1-2 p.m. Registration is required