Equity, diversity and inclusion


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What is Dimensions: equity, diversity and inclusion Canada?

Dimensions: equity, diversity and inclusion Canada (hereafter referred to as Dimensions) is designed to foster increased research excellence, innovation and creativity within the postsecondary sector in Canada across all disciplines, through greater equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The program is the result of cross-country consultations and a co-development process with a cohort of 17 postsecondary institutions to make it uniquely adapted to the Canadian realities. Dimensions is one of the leading international programs promoting EDI in higher education, along with Athena SWAN in the United Kingdom and Ireland, SAGE in Australia and SEA Change in the United States.

What are the components of Dimensions?

Dimensions consists of a charter of principles and a pilot recognition program for postsecondary institutions seeking public recognition for their efforts in increasing EDI in their environments and across the research ecosystem.

What equity-deserving groups are included as part of Dimensions?

Dimensions addresses barriers and discrimination faced by equity-deserving groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities.

Who can sign the charter?

All Canadian postsecondary institutions (including universities, colleges, polytechnics and CEGEPs) are encouraged to endorse the charter as part of their commitment to increasing EDI within their institutions. The signature of the president (or equivalent) of the institution is required for the endorsement to be official. Other research-oriented organizations have also endorsed the charter.

How was the cohort of 17 participating institutions selected for the pilot?

Institutions were selected based on the criteria of institutional commitment and evidence of probability of success, while ensuring a balance of institutions across Canada in terms of geographical location, institution type and institution size. A selection committee was formed to review the Letter of Intent and determine the participating institutions. More details are available in the process report.

Is there funding linked to being part of the pilot or to endorsing the charter?

No. Participation is voluntary and no funding is attached.

Can my institution apply for a Dimensions recognition?

The first institutions to apply for a Dimensions recognition are part of the cohort that co-developed the program. The recipients will be announced at the beginning of 2023. The next application period is to be determined.

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