As demonstrated in the revised CRC EDI Action Plan, many actions were undertaken by the University in the past few years to identify challenges with regard to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, with the aim of raising awareness and further engaging different sectors in implementing concrete actions.
It is within this context that in the fall of 2018 the Vice-President of Research struck an Ad-Hoc Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Excellence (IDEE) to better inform the University’s research enterprise. Working in synergy with other working groups, the IDEE committee advised on new requirements for equity action plans for federal research programs and on strategies to foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity and excellence within uOttawa’s research portfolio. The committee worked with Professor Steffany Bennett, Special Advisor to President in matters of Diversity and Inclusion.
Specifically, actions such as incorporating EDI in the strategic planning of research; developing indicators to measure EDI success within the research context (e.g. meeting and/or exceeding EDI targets, number of preferential hiring for CRCs, number of CRC or prizes nominations submitted by members of the FDGs and success rates); taking a leadership role by raising awareness and promoting EDI activities within and across university services; integrating EDI related tasks and/or training within employee objective setting and performance evaluation review are a few examples. For more information, please refer to Objective #4 in the Revised CRC Institutional EDI Action Plan.
Since 2020, a new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee was created to make recommendations on the development and implementation of the uOttawa Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan for Research, including the creation of a full-time position dedicated to support EDI initiatives and training for the research community. The University of Ottawa also participated in the Dimensions pilot program and was awarded the Foundation level recognition in early 2023.