U of R receives $384,000 federal Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Capacity-Building Grant

By Katherine Cormack Posted: May 10, 2019 9:50 a.m.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, unveiled on May 9 the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Canada pilot project, along with the Dimensions charter.
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, unveiled on May 9 the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Canada pilot project, along with the Dimensions charter. Photo: U of R Photography (file photo)

The evidence is in: Increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in research environments enhances excellence, innovation, and creativity leading to research communities that are as robust and diverse as Canada.

Inspired by the UK’s Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) that began in 2005 with a charter that recognizes and celebrates good practices in higher education and research institutes towards the advancement of gender equality, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, Canada unveiled on May 9 the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Canada pilot project [http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/EDI-EDI/Dimensions_Dimensions_eng.asp], along with the Dimensions charter [http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/EDI-EDI/Dimensions_Dimensions_eng.asp].

Institutions that commit to the charter, which is available to all research disciplines and fields of study at all post-secondary institutions, embed EDI principles in their policies, practices, action plans, and culture.

“This truly is a critical and transformative step for Canadian post-secondary institutions. We know that when we bring together diverse points of view, our health, environment, communities and economy can thrive,” says Minister Duncan.

At the same announcement, Minister Duncan named the first recipients of the EDI Institutional Capacity-Building Grants that support the federal government’s commitment to tackle challenges encountered by under-represented groups in Canadian research institutions.

The University of Regina received a $384,000 EDI Institutional Capacity-Building Grant and was one of 15

Dr. Vianne Timmons
Dr. Vianne Timmons, President
and Vice-Chancellor, has led
the University’s efforts to create
an inclusive and welcoming
environment free from bias
or discrimination based on
gender, race, sexual orientation,
disability, age, and religion, and
its commitment to being an
institution where all groups are
represented and respected.

institutions selected to receive funding from among 94 submissions. The grant will support the University’s work to implement, Mainstreaming Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: A Strategy for the University of Regina. Mainstreaming is a strategic approach that directs attention to all inequalities and creates multi-level accountabilities along with extensive engagement and consultation.

Under the leadership of Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, the University of Regina is already engaged in efforts to create an inclusive and welcoming environment free from bias or discrimination based on gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, and religion, and is committed to being an institution where all groups are represented and respected.

The University’s EDI mainstreaming strategy and associated polies and programs will further that commitment by ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion are fully considered in all decision-making processes. The U of R will design, implement, and evaluate a transformative model of mainstreaming EDI.

“Mainstreaming the equity, diversity and inclusion model in our strategic decision-making will transform the way we conduct our business, interact with one another, and teach and learn,” says Timmons. “Together we are creating a better, more inclusive, and equitable world.”

The Institutional Capacity-Building grants are administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Dr. Kathleen McNutt, Interim Vice-President (Research), accepted the grant on behalf of the University.