Infantilizing a Workforce with ‘Civility and Respect’.

At the end of this post, please find the PDF of a webpage devoted to Civility and Respect from the University of Alberta (U of A), Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment. Most of the comments I make in the post pertain to this webpage. In their 2021 Letters on the Implementation of the Call … Continue reading Infantilizing a Workforce with ‘Civility and Respect’.

“‘Much more needed’ to combat racism and improve diversity in Canadian public service, says chief [Janice Charette]” – Global Government Forum

On January 22, 2021, then- Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, Ian Shugart, issued a Call to Action to all public service leaders. This Call to Action concerned Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion in the Federal Public Service. On March 9, 2021, Shuggart stepped down from his position in order to take … Continue reading “‘Much more needed’ to combat racism and improve diversity in Canadian public service, says chief [Janice Charette]” – Global Government Forum

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.

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

Bafflegab from The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, EDI, University of Manitoba (UM).

I received a news alert that fall courses in EDI offered by The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Manitoba are coming soon. You can read about them here.1 I noticed that Robin Attas is the contact person for information about the courses and is heavily involved in their … Continue reading Bafflegab from The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, EDI, University of Manitoba (UM).

“Creating an Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Research Environment: A Best Practices Guide for Recruitment, Hiring and Retention” – Canada Research Chairs (CRC)

I can't help but feel there is a giant finger wagging over me when I read the CRC's "Creating an Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Research Environment: A Best Practices Guide for Recruitment, Hiring and Retention." A few notables: One does not "provide" mandatory EDI training. Try, "Make EDI training mandatory for all committee members ..." … Continue reading “Creating an Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Research Environment: A Best Practices Guide for Recruitment, Hiring and Retention” – Canada Research Chairs (CRC)

“Universities are ramping up targeted hiring to meet CRC equity goals” – University Affairs article, May 26, 2022

Don't forget to read the comments following this article. "As the number of job ads aimed at under-represented groups grows, it’s garnering attention and generating controversy both in Canada and south of the border." Diane Peters, "Universities are ramping up targeted hiring to meet CRC equity goals," News, University Affairs, May 26, 2022, https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/universities-are-ramping-up-targeted-hiring-to-meet-crc-equity-goals/?replytocom=651146#respond, accessed … Continue reading “Universities are ramping up targeted hiring to meet CRC equity goals” – University Affairs article, May 26, 2022

Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s EDI Initiative partnered with the SFU Library to develop an EDI resource guide.

The EDI resource guide at SFU is extensive and extremely well-organised, as one would expect given the partnership between the SFU EDI Initiative and the SFU library. "This EDI guide is made up of curated resources to help you think more deeply about EDI and understand how these concepts are central to creating an equitable, diverse, … Continue reading Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s EDI Initiative partnered with the SFU Library to develop an EDI resource guide.

“Equity, diversity and inclusion at Canadian Universities: Report on the 2019 Survey” — Universities Canada. Academic Freedom.

Consider the following excerpts from the survey, (1.) and (2.), taken together: If academic freedom is a barrier to EDI (2.), and if university presidents are personally committed to (1.) "being an EDI advocate and championing EDI principles and values," then it seems to follow that university presidents are personally committed to removing (or limiting) … Continue reading “Equity, diversity and inclusion at Canadian Universities: Report on the 2019 Survey” — Universities Canada. Academic Freedom.

Kirsty Duncan, MP: A key figure in the design and installation of the EDI system in Canadian universities. An abridged chronology of her role (and EDI).

A doc.x copy of this post is available for download (an easier format for researchers): Kirsty DuncanDownload Kirsty Duncan is the current (Aug.12, 2022) elected Liberal MP for the Etobicoke North, Ontario, riding. She is also currently the Deputy House Leader of the Government. 1 Duncan was first elected to parliament On October 14, 2008. … Continue reading Kirsty Duncan, MP: A key figure in the design and installation of the EDI system in Canadian universities. An abridged chronology of her role (and EDI).