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Equity, diversity and inclusion

Fostering and celebrating excellence, equity, diversity and inclusiveness within our research community and in our research approaches is one of the main directions and objectives of the University of Ottawa Strategic Areas of Research.

We foster transformational change in research

  • By valuing a plurality of visions, ideas, and ways of being in research;
  • Strengthening EDI skills through proactive exchange and learning spaces;
  • By advancing a culture of self-reflection on the systemic factors that contribute to excellence in research.

The underrepresented groups in research

Within its commitment to diversity, the University of Ottawa has prioritized five groups traditionally underrepresented in research.

These groups are made up of people who identify as:

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EDI action plan for research

This Plan implements strategies and actions that create an inclusive climate for research at uOttawa by addressing needs and barriers of researchers and trainees of underrepresented groups.
Find out more about the EDI action plan
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EDI resources

These resources include data on underrepresented groups in research at uOttawa, a list of experts who work on topics related to these groups, as well as a list of our experts’ publications that provide guidance on strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion in research.
Find out more about EDI resources
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Rainbowifying STEM: celebrating Queer scientists

Professor Stacey Smith?, best known for her research using mathematical models to study infectious diseases, works on defying stereotypes to make STEM a more diverse and inclusive place.
EDI initiatives
Vincent Tabard-Cossa and his team
EDI initiatives

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

When used correctly, images can foster a sense of inclusion. Professor Vincent Tabard-Cossa harnessed this empowering role of images to design his laboratory’s website.
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Alicia Sit, left, and Ewurabena Simpson, right.
Women and girls in science

Two women in science talk about finding a sense of belonging through mentorship

For International Day of Women & Girls in Science on February 11, uOttawa Professor Ewurabena Simpson and PhD student Alicia Sit talk about fostering a sense of belonging for women in STEM and the benefits of having and being women mentors.

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