As Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence, Professor Ibrahim is responsible for the strategic direction of the University in regard to EDI, 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.
“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,...”
— Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence
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 .
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.