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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Saint Paul University wishes to maintain the conditions for an equitable, diversified and inclusive research environment that fosters the emergence of new knowledge, the benefits of which contribute to solving local, national and global problems.

In September 2019, the University adopted the principles of the Dimensions Charter on:  

  • Equity with respect to women, Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups and members of LGBTQ2+ communities;
  • Diversity with its many facets, including age, education, parental status/responsibility, immigration status, religion, language, place of origin, ethnicity, culture and socio-economic status;
  • Inclusion, which refers to the practice of ensuring that all people are valued and respected for their contributions and receive equal support.

These population considerations, identity markers and inclusive practices are observed in the selection of the members of the Research Committee, who are drawn from the four faculties of the University. This research grants body, in turn, considers all of its factors in research decisions. Members of the Research Committee are required to complete an online training course (provided by the granting agencies) on unconscious bias: Unconscious Bias Training Module.

Under the leadership of the Rector, Chantal Beauvais, the University Planning Committee, for its part, is responsible for integrating the principles of the Charter into the overall structural functioning of the University. It is under her leadership that an action plan for equity, diversity and inclusion indicators will be implemented. Like the members of the Research Committee, the members of the University Planning Committee will complete the online training on unconscious bias.

In addition, the Human Resources Services ensures full respect for equity, diversity and inclusion in all hiring processes and in the day-to-day management of labour relations. This department is notably responsible for the implementation of regulations promulgated by the Board of Governors, including Regulation RHR-204a: Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace and Learning Environment.

Finally, Saint Paul University is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples, with the intention of walking together in reconciliation. In order to do so and to contribute to the transformation of relations between peoples, the University has set up an Indigenous Initiatives Services led by two Knowledge Keepers, in support of First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.


Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund

In managing the Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF), the Research Committee allocated the total amount requested and granted in Stage 1 to a research project of an emerging professor-researcher for the payment of a research assistantship. In Stage 2, the Research Committee authorized the payment of research professionals' salaries for the projects of the professor-researchers active in research during the designated period that allowed the University to obtain these funds. These funds were therefore used to support research activities by facilitating the continuation of the research work of the students supported by the professor-researchers in their research projects.


Tri-Agency Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are committed to excellence in research and research training. Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to advance knowledge and understanding, and to respond to local, national and global challenges.

With these goals in mind, the agencies are committed to:

  • Supporting equitable access to funding opportunities for all researchers and trainees
  • Promoting the integration of equity, diversity and inclusion-related considerations in research design and practices
  • Increasing equitable and inclusive participation in the research system, including on research teams
  • Collecting the data and conducting the analyses needed to include equity, diversity and inclusion considerations in decision-making

Through these means the agencies will work with those involved in the research system to develop the inclusive culture needed for research excellence and to achieve outcomes that are rigorous, relevant and accessible to diverse populations.


EDI Resources

 The Tri-Council and International resources