University of Regina awarded $384,000 federal grant to develop mainstreaming strategy for equity, diversity and inclusion

News Release Release Date: May 9, 2019 10:15 a.m.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport today announced an Institutional Capacity-Building Grant of $384,000 for the University of Regina to further its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The grant supports the federal government’s commitment to tackling challenges encountered by under-represented groups in Canadian research institutions.

“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.

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

The mainstreaming strategy 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 is a strategic approach that directs attention to all inequalities and creates multi-level accountabilities along with extensive engagement and consultation.

“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). The University of Regina was one of 15 institutions selected to receive funding from among 94 submissions. Dr. Kathleen McNutt, Interim Vice-President of Research, accepted the grant on behalf of the U of R. McNutt will lead the development of the mainstreaming strategy.

About The University of Regina
The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 15,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.


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