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Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Access and Indigeneity in Research

It is the University of Toronto’s goal to create a research community that is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, access and Indigenous perspectives. In creating such a community, the University aims to build a culture of inclusive, research excellence. We recognize that the creation of a more equitable, diverse and inclusive research environment is not only a moral imperative—it is necessary to attract and retain a broad cohort of the best and brightest researchers, and to create a climate in which all researchers achieve their full potential.

Equity, diversity, inclusion, access and Indigenous perspectives are resources for excellence: research is stronger when everyone is welcome in our classrooms, in our labs, in our fieldwork and in our research partnerships.

U of T Committments, Initiatives and Support

The University of Toronto is committed to ensuring undergraduate students see themselves represented in research opportunities and feel encouraged and able to participate. There are a number of resources that have been created to support the recruitment of students from equity-deserving and Indigenous communities.

  • Advancing Equitable & Inclusive Experiential Learning Opportunities: A Five-Stage Framework, the Faculty of Arts & Science: although focused on experiential learning more generally, this guide shares key questions and considerations to create opportunities that are accessible, inclusive and engage students in meaningful ways. 
  • Hiring and Retaining Diverse Students: A Toolkit: in collaboration with other Canadian universities, the Centre for Career Exploration & Education has developed a series of self-paced employer-facing modules that share effective strategies and approaches for equity-centred hiring, onboarding and retention practices. 
  • Unconscious Bias Training Modules, Toronto Initiative for Inclusive Excellence: this training was created in partnership with the Division of the Vice President & Provost, the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, and the University of Toronto Mississauga. The first two Unconscious Bias Education Modules introduce and provide examples of how Unconscious Biases can arise from stereotypes and result in discrimination. These modules provide an important first step in foundational education and will be followed by modules exploring personal actions and systemic changes that are required to create more equitable and inclusive learning and working environments.