University of Calgary commits to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

The University of Calgary has published initial information required by the Canada Research Chair Program (CRCP)’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan, as outlined by the Government of Canada. The university is committed to meeting the requirements of the program and is supportive of initiatives that focus on improving equity, diversity and inclusion in our institution.

Within the public transparency website, community members are welcomed to explore a number of items identified by the CRCP, including diversity and inclusion contacts on campus, protected disclosure processes, Canada Research Chair postings and EDI targets and gaps.

The University of Calgary is currently working on its institutional CRC EDI action plan to guide efforts for sustained participation of designated groups among its chair allocations. EDI objectives, indicators and actions have been outlined in the initial plan submitted in December 2017, as per the CRCP’s requirements.

Through its Eyes High 2017-22 strategy, respect for diversity, equity and inclusion informs the university’s commitment to learning, research excellence and the community. Diversity and inclusion in research strengthens the entire research enterprise by bringing different perspectives, voices and approaches to projects.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the CRCP’s Action Plan, the University of Calgary will limit Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs to two terms, or a maximum of 14 years, in an effort to encourage more scholars to become Tier 1 Chairs.

The University of Calgary shares the goal of universities across Canada to continue making progress toward having active Canada Research Chairs who are reflective of the community while ensuring the highest standards of academic excellence across university faculties.

Visit the University of Calgary’s Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity and Inclusion site for more information.

This article was originally published in UToday, University of Calgary.

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