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Laurier’s Philosophy on Inclusion and Research Excellence

Increasing representation from equity seeking groups strengthens Laurier’s research efforts and the university as a whole. Building Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) into Laurier’s research enterprise will proactively and collectively work towards eliminating systemic barriers faced by equity-deserving groups.

Laurier is aligned with the Tri-Agency Commitment to EDI:

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council recognize that achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to research excellence. An equitable research environment advances knowledge and understanding, and responds to local, national and global challenges.

With the goals of excellence in research and research training in mind, the agencies are committed to:

  1. Supporting equitable access to funding opportunities for all researchers and trainees.
  2. Promoting the integration of equity, diversity and inclusion-related considerations in research design and practices.
  3. Increasing equitable and inclusive participation in the research system, including on research teams.
  4. Collecting the data and conducting the analyses needed to include equity, diversity and inclusion considerations in decision-making.

By taking steps to foster an equitable research environment, the Laurier will work with those involved in Canada’s research ecosystem to develop the inclusive culture needed to produce research that is rigorous, relevant and accessible to diverse populations.

Researcher Resources

Laurier offers researchers an array of training opportunities and toolkits that provide strategies for bringing EDI into research. Browse this roster of resources, which are available to Laurier researchers.

Online Module: Inclusive Labs and Research Teams

This self-paced hybrid course and toolkit provide concrete strategies for incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) into labs and research teams. In completing the course, participants will build a working understanding of foundational EDI concepts, understand how to embed EDI in research processes and systems and how to foster a collaborative research environment rooted in equity and excellence.

Coming to MyLearningSpace (MLS) in May.

Custom Workshop and Training Request Form

If you're interested in a customized equity and inclusion workshops for your unit, fill out the Custom Workshop and Training Request Form. The Office of the Associate Vice-President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will follow up with you in a meeting to discuss your needs and move forward with confirming details about the session.

Workshop Roster

Browse our suite of workshops you can request using the request form above.

Inclusive Research Excellence

This module provides strategies for faculty who are part of grant adjudication panels, hiring committees and promotion review committees. It gives an overview of how to bring EDI into the evaluation of research, teaching, and service.

Racial Literacy

Participants gain a basic working knowledge of the foundational terms and concepts of critical race theory as it pertains to researcher and teaching in higher education. 

Bias and Privilege

Understand how different forms of privilege shape an individual’s unique lived experiences and learn to recognize how privilege and bias are at play in order to proactively respond to systemic inequities in higher education and research.

Leading Difficult Conversations

Learn strategies for leading engaging, respectful, and productive conversations about inequality in research and teaching.

Evaluating Scholarship

Considerations for evaluating scholarship of equity-deserving candidates.

Safety in Field Research

Outlines the risks that might arise in certain field work contexts. Provides guidelines for what you need to do before you undertake fieldwork that might carry risks, your responsibilities, the responsibilities of your department, and what to do in an emergency.

Supporting Equity-Deserving Early Career Scholars

This workshop is intended for faculty supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from equity-deserving groups.

Supporting International Researchers

This workshop is intended for faculty supervising graduate students and supporting fellow faculty members and postdoctoral fellows who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Contact Us:

Barrington Walker, Associate Vice-President, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

E: avpedi@wlu.ca

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