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Vice Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence (EDIE)

We are working toward a more inclusive university community that recognizes that excellence in inclusion is essential to best advance research and education.
Awad Ibrahim

“The work of anti-racism is to enable people to critically situate themselves in time and space and at the same time, question the adequacy of that location, to fully humanize themselves and others...”

Awad Ibrahim

— Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence (EDIE)


As Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence, Professor Ibrahim is responsible for the strategic direction of the University in regard to EDIE, including institutional leadership and engagement, all within a broader mandate centred on environmental, social, and governance principles. He will work closely with key players, both internally and externally, to develop a culture of excellence in the institution’s core areas of activity and act as a catalyst and facilitator of forward-looking initiatives within the university community.


Professor Awad Ibrahim has been appointed Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence, for a five-year term beginning on June 1, 2023. Professor Ibrahim is a full professor at the Faculty of Education and holder of the Air Canada Professorship on Anti-Racism.

Professor Ibrahim has contributed significantly to research in the fields of Black youth and popular culture, social foundations, social justice and community service learning, diasporic and continental African identities, ethnography and applied linguistics. He has a track record of funded research, has published widely, and contributed to teaching and graduate supervision in these emerging areas. His expertise will be invaluable in enabling the University of Ottawa to create an inclusive and accessible environment that takes into full account the diversity of its community.


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Student experience

Providing better support for members of our racialized communities, including establishing a mentorship program and dedicated mental health offerings as well as additional scholarships for racialized students.
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Pedagogy and methodology

Accelerate the hiring of Black, Indigenous and racialized professors in the coming years. Program reviews to enrich curricula with more culturally diverse and inclusive practices (methodologies) and knowledge. Development and widespread implementation of anti-racism and anti-oppression training for the community.
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Implementation of a research support program for racialized researchers, so that a more equitable, diverse and inclusive research community is established.

Contact us

Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

Jock Turcot University Centre (UCU), 301B
85 University Private
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Reception: 613-562-5800 ext. 0179
Email[email protected]

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.