This survey will also form part of our participation in the Dimensions EDI Pilot program, a federal Tri-Agency program designed to enable all members of the research community to achieve their full potential by removing systemic barriers to an equitable, diverse and inclusive post-secondary sector in Canada for federally designated groups, including women, Indigenous peoples, visible/racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, and those of diverse gender identity and gender expression.
Your views matter, and we would like to hear from you about your experiences. Your responses will help shape our ongoing response to COVID-19 for our campus community. The data collected will be used to help us understand how diverse members of our community are experiencing the pandemic and, in turn, better enable us to develop targeted support methods and policy changes with a better understanding of how identity impacts individual experiences.
This survey, which will take 20-25 minutes, is open to faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and students. The survey is voluntary. You will be asked if you agree or disagree with some statements. You will be given the opportunity to explain your answers if you wish, and you can choose to skip any question you are not comfortable answering, including those which you believe may compromise your identity.
Privacy will be protected. There are no names collected in the survey. Individuals will not be identifiable. Response data are anonymized (identifying data such as IP address and email are not collected). All answers will be presented in the aggregate of federally designated equity groups, and never disaggregated in a way that would allow individuals to be identified. Data on any group smaller than five (5) will be suppressed in the reporting of the results.
The raw data collected from this survey will be limited to, and accessed by, only five individuals of the research team (Drs. Malinda S. Smith, Michael Hart, Florentine Strzelczyk, Melanee Thomas, Mr. Bruce Evelyn), and the Office of Institutional Analysis. While data will be aggregated and principles to maintain anonymity will be followed, it may be possible that some participants may be identifiable in the raw data. All raw data will be treated with the full intent of maintaining your anonymity.
This survey follows the Tri-Council’s guidelines outlined in Chapter 9 addressing Indigenous communities’ prior and informed consent and OCAP (ownership, control, access and possession). The Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement (IE) facilitated the survey review by members of the Indigenous communities on campus. Consistent with this process, the Vice- Provost (IE) will inform Indigenous communities and facilitate feedback on the dissemination of aggregate Indigenous data of members of the campus.
Questions addressing discrimination or the pandemic may be upsetting to you. If you require support or wish to speak to someone about your experiences further, please use the resources offered on campus or in the community.
Questions about this survey or the Dimensions Pilot program can be sent to Dr. Malinda S. Smith, Vice- Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and Chair of the Tri-Agency’s Dimensions EDI pilot initiative.