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Equity, diversity and inclusion

Embracing and promoting a diverse and inclusive environment where students, staff, and professors feel supported, safe, and enriched.

EDI-A definitions


This page is a centralized resource for equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the Faculty of Science.  We are committed to providing the necessary tools and resources to raise awareness and enhance inclusivity and diversity within our community. Our Faculty thrives when we embrace people from all walks of life. We strive to empower one another and create a climate of dialogue leading to excellent and innovative science and mutual understanding.

The EDI Committee (EDIC) was created for this purpose. It includes representatives from all departments and is chaired by the Vice-Dean of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Professional Development.

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Get involved

EDI-related committees

uOttawa EDI Experts

Faculty of Science Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Biology Graduate Students’ Association

Biology EDI Committee (UOBIOEDI)

Chemistry and Biomolecular Graduate Students’ Association (CBGSA)

Let’s Talk Science

Physics Graduate Students’ Association (CBGSA)

Physics EDI Committee (PLASMA)

Science Students’ Association

uOttawa Indigenous Ally Network

Working Towards Inclusivity in Chemistry (CWIC)

Women in Math

Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology Graduate Students’ Association (BMIGSA)


Training Sessions

PhD candidates Leah McMunn, Melodie Mallais and Myriam McKenna

Closing the STEM Gap – Starting with the chemistry community

PhD candidates Leah McMunn, Melodie Mallais and Myriam McKenna have played a key role in developing the Canadians Working Towards Inclusivity in Chemistry (CWIC) chapter at the University of Ottawa since its establishment in 2020.
Stacey Smith

Rainbowifying STEM: celebrating Queer scientists

STEM fields have historically been dominated by white men, and as a result, there is often an assumption that STEM scientists are white and male.
Vincent Tabard-Cossa and his team

A picture is worth a thousand words – Creating an inclusive lab webpage

Humans are visual beings; what we see can affect the way we think, feel, and act. Images have great power as they leave long-lasting impressions on the way we perceive our environment and greatly influence our behaviour. When used correctly, images can foster a sense of inclusion.

Contact info

Jaclyn Brusso

Full Professor and Vice-Dean of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Professional Development

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 7091

E-mail: [email protected]