Launch of CIHR equity, diversity, and inclusion advisory groups. July 5, 2021. And I have a few comments.

PDF attached. On July 5, 2021, Michael Strong announces the launch of an external advisory group whose role is to advise the CIHR on addressing systemic racism, and another soon to be launched external group that will specifically address the concerns of Indigenous people. Additionally, Strong announces the launch of two internal advisory groups, one … Continue reading Launch of CIHR equity, diversity, and inclusion advisory groups. July 5, 2021. And I have a few comments.

Cultural Appropriation: An EDI glossary entry versus a conceptual analysis. Or, the activist versus the philosopher.

Among the EDI resources provided by the Vice-President Finance & Operations Portfolio (VPFO) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is an EDI glossary which begins with the following paragraph: EDI Key concepts and definitions The words we use matter in all things. As equity, inclusion and diversity work has become a [sic] more well … Continue reading Cultural Appropriation: An EDI glossary entry versus a conceptual analysis. Or, the activist versus the philosopher.

News: The University of Toronto has released its Equity, Diversity & Inclusion annual report 2021

The University of Toronto has released its Equity, Diversity & Inclusion annual report 2021. Of note, the University of Toronto's current goal is "to summon our community’s creativity, ingenuity, and strength to move this institution from “equity and inclusion” to “belonging.”  The annual EDI report is laid out like a glossy brochure replete with photos. … Continue reading News: The University of Toronto has released its Equity, Diversity & Inclusion annual report 2021

No matter how lettered and published are Ted Hewitt, SSHRC, Digvir S Jayas, NSERC, and Michael Strong, CIHR, they’re still capable of deploying empty rhetoric.

In a 2019 letter entitled, "Canada’s research funding agencies raise the bar for a more diverse and inclusive research community," Ted Hewitt, SSHRC President, Digvir S Jayas, NSERC Vice-President of Council, and and Michael Strong, CIHR President, sign off as follows: "As signatories on this letter, we personally commit to refusing to participate on panels … Continue reading No matter how lettered and published are Ted Hewitt, SSHRC, Digvir S Jayas, NSERC, and Michael Strong, CIHR, they’re still capable of deploying empty rhetoric.

Canada’s Research Granting Agencies: Mandatory Self-Identification Form

In June 2018, Canada's granting agencies began requiring all applicants to grant, scholarship, and fellowship programs — "and increasingly individuals involved in the merit review of applications" — to complete a self-identification form.1 In 2020, the self-identification form was revised "in light of legal requirements, new legislation, and feedback from the research community." One legal … Continue reading Canada’s Research Granting Agencies: Mandatory Self-Identification Form