Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada

Dimensions Pilot Program

The University of Calgary is proud to have endorsed the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada charter, and to have been selected to be part of the Dimensions pilot program.

Dimensions recognizes that a multiplicity of perspectives, lived experiences and the overall complexity of diverse individuals foster increased research excellence, innovation and creativity within the post-secondary sector. This program takes a multidimensional approach to equity, diversity and inclusion to achieve a future research community where all can thrive.

Contact us

For more information on the Dimensions Pilot program, contact Lauren Remple, Dimensions Program Manager.

Program Overview

The main objective of the Dimensions program is to foster transformational change within the research ecosystem at Canadian post-secondary institutions. The program aims to identify and eliminate obstacles and inequities in order to support equitable access to funding opportunities, increase equitable and inclusive participation in the research ecosystem, and embed EDI-related considerations in research design and practices. 

Institutions can apply to receive a Dimensions recognition award for their commitment to increasing EDI. UCalgary will be applying in fall 2022

Specific objectives include:

  • To support a culture of critical self-reflection related to EDI 
  • To create a culture of evidence-based EDI work, using both qualitative and quantitative data
  • To address the key challenges that present barriers to everyone's career progression
  • To create a community of practice that would share best practices, tools and templates  

The pilot program addresses barriers and discrimination faced by equity-deserving groups, including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities, members of a racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities.
 

Pilot program progress

Achieved to date

  • Dimensions Executive Committee contributing to the development of the Dimensions Pilot Program through the national working group
  • Dimensions EDI Steering Committee (60+ members representing all faculties, staff and student groups, and select community partners) has been meeting monthly for one year
  • Created a project timeline to prepare to apply for a Dimensions award in fall 2022
  • Steering Committee consulted on institutional EDI initiatives including:
    • COVID-19 EDI Survey
    • EDI Dashboard 
    • EDI Plan for Research & Teaching Awards
    • Growth Through Focus development
  • Compiled inventory of existing UCalgary EDI surveys to develop a baseline of existing EDI data at UCalgary, and inform future data collection

January 27, 2020

  • Pilot program overview, introductions

February 26, 2020

  • Definitions, EDI trends

April 26, 2020

  • Quantitative data discussion

May 21, 2020

  • Qualitative data discussion

June 18, 2020

  • Policy review

October 21, 2020

  • Growth through Focus discussion

November 26, 2020

  • Discussion with Dr. Ed McCauley on Growth through Focus

December 17, 2020

  • Preparing for the institutional self-assessment

January 28, 2021

  • Self-assessment working groups

February 25, 2021

  • Faculty/unit-level EDI data collection

March 25, 2021

  • National EDI initiative update, institutional assessment discussion

May 20, 2021

  • COVID EDI survey update, EDI survey update, establishing Equitable Pathways groups

June 24, 2021

  • EDI survey update, Research and Teaching Awards pilot plan, Equitable Pathways groups working session

September 28, 2021

  • Equity census update, Student equity census discussion, Research and Teaching Awards pilot plan update, EDI Report to Community

October 28, 2021

  • Data collection update, Pilot plan for EDI in Research and Teaching, Scarborough Charter on Anti Black Racism and Black Inclusion Update 

November 30, 2021

  • Data collection - employee and student census, Pilot plan for EDI in Research and Teaching, Scarborough Charter on Anti Black Racism and Black Inclusion Update 

 

January 27, 2022

  • EDI Week update, Self-assessment next steps, climate surveys

February 28, 2022

  • Update on new hires, Self-assessment next steps, update from Women Equitable Pathways Working Group

March 30, 2022

  • NextGen EDI Symposium update, Dimensions EDI Overview and project plan update

April 28, 2022

  • Chairs update, Dimensions national update, Dimensions Show and Tell, Persons with Disabilities Equitable Pathways Working Group update

May 30, 2022

  • Dimensions national update, Dimensions Show and Tell, Language of EDI Equitable Pathways Working Group update, Language of EDI infographic discussion

June 30, 2022

  • Welcome new Academic Director, data collection updates, application progress, Q&A

July 2022 – No meeting held

August 29, 2022

  • Application update, review of action plan and goals

Dimensions Show & Tell Sessions provide an overview of the Dimensions EDI program, and outline how the university is working towards the completion of a Dimensions Award application and Action Plan.

Dimensions Show & Tell Sessions are conducted by Lauren Remple, Dimensions EDI Program Manager. To book a session, send an email to DimensionsEDI@ucalgary.ca. 

Previous sessions:

  • FEDI (April 4, 2022)

  • Dimensions Steering Committee (April 28, 2022)

  • Cell Biology and Anatomy Departmen,t CSM (April 21, 2022)

  • Associate Deans Research Council (June 8, 2022)

  • Provost Team (June 13, 2022)

  • School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Faculty Presentation (June 20, 2022)  

  • Engineering Faculty Council (June 23, 2022)

  • Human Resources (August 3, 2022)

Current activities

Preparing to apply for a Dimensions Award in fall 2022

Work begins for Equitable Pathways working groups, who will map academic and career pipelines and identify barriers and obstacles to full participation of members of the 5 equity-deserving groups as part of our institutional self-assessment

 

What's next

Continued award application preparation

Review progress of Equitable Pathways working groups

Planning for surveys, focus groups & interviews required for the institutional assessment

Dimensions “Road Show”: Executive Committee to present at faculty and committee meetings around campus

How to get involved

Contact your faculty or department Dimensions Steering Committee representative for more information on how you can support the Dimensions pilot

 

 


UCalgary Dimensions leadership

UCalgary has appointed an executive committee and a steering committee to accomplish the requirements of the Dimension pilot program. If you are interested in joining the Dimensions Steering Committee, please contact Lauren Remple.

  • Chair - Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Mr. Adnan Ahmed, Office of Institutional Analysis
  • Dr. Andrew Szeto, Student and Enrolment Services, Psychology - Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. Aniela Dela Cruz, Faculty of Nursing
  • Dr.  Aruna Srivastava, English - Faculty of Arts
  • Ms. Ashley Connect-Benoit, Faculty of Nursing
  • Dr. Belinda Heyne, Chemistry - Faculty of Science
  • Dr. Bill Rosehart, Electrical and Software Engineering - Schulich School of Engineering
  • Mr. Bruce Evelyn, Office of Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
  • Ms. Carla Bertsch, Student and Enrolment Services
  • Ms. Carley L'Hirondelle, Human Resources
  • Dr. Cheryl Dueck, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Culture - Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. Colleen Kawalilak, Werklund School of Education, Werklund School of Education, Specialization, Adult Learning, Faculty of Education
  • Ms. Dahlia Khajeei, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr. David Nicholas, Faculty of Social Work
  • Dr. Donna-Marie McCafferty, Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology - Cumming School of Medicine
  • Dr. Ellen Perrault, Faculty of Social Work
  • Ms. Fayo Abdi
  • Dr. Francine Smith, Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Physiology and Pharmacology - Cumming School of Medicine
  • Mr. Garrett Beatty, Student and Enrolment Services
  • Dr. Gregor Wolbring, Community Health Sciences - Cumming School of Medicine
  • Ms. Heather Burns, Human Resources
  • Dr. Hieu Ngo, Faculty of Social Work, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ms. Jacqueline Lambert, Office of Institutional Analysis
  • Dr. Jan Braun, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura, Office of Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Office of the Vice-President (Research)
  • Dr. Janice Braun, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - Cumming School of Medicine
  • Ms. Jaya Dixit, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
  • Mr. Jeffrey Horvath, Tsuut’ina Nation High School 
  • Ms. Jenn Ksionzena, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
  • Dr. Jennifer Adams, Chemistry - Faculty of Science
  • Ms. Jeny Matthews-Thusoo, City of Calgary 
  • Dr. Johanne Tottle, Student and Enrolment Services
  • Dr. John Brown, School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape
  • Mr. Jonah Secreti, Senate Representative
  • Ms. Keeta Gladue, Writing Symbols Lodge
  • Dr. Kirsten Exall, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
  • Ms. Kome Odoko, Student and Enrolment Services
  • Dr. Laleh Behjat, Electrical and Computer Engineering - Schulich School of Engineering
  • Ms. Lauren Remple, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ms. Lauren Stoffregen, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ms. Le Ha Lewis, Research Accounting, Associate Vice-President (Finance)
  • Ms. Liliana Gonzalez, Student and Enrolment Services
  •  Lindsay Lucas (no longer at university), AUPE representative 
  • Ms. Lorna Very, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
  • Ms. Lynda Gwilliam, Facilities
  • Ms. Mairi Babey, Office of Professionalism, Equity, and Diversity, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Dr. Marcello Tonelli, Department of Medicine
  • Dr. Maureen Duffy, Faculty of Law
  • Dr. Melanee Thomas, Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. Michael Hart, Office of Indigenous Engagement, Office of Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
  • Ms. Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
  • Ms. Nanako Furuyama, Peer Support & Outreach (for Faith & Spirituality Centre - Health Promotion & Outreach - and Women’s Resource Centre)
  • Ms. Nicole Wheeler, Human Resources
  • Dr. Pamela Chu, Cumming School of Medicine and Tom Baker Cancer Center
  • Ms. Pamela Hyde, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
  • Dr. Patrina Duhaney, Faculty of Social Work 
  • Dr. Penny Pexman, Faculty of Arts
  • Ms. Pragya Chopra, Faculty Rep - Science
  • Dr. Qiao Sun, Schulich School of Engineering
  • Dr. Regine King, Faculty of Social Work
  • Ms. Renzo Pereyra, Students’ Union at UCalgary
  • Dr. Robert Thompson, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
  • Dr. Sandy Hershcovis, Haskayne School of Business
  • Ms. Sarah Ashton, Student and Enrolment Services
  • Dr. Sevan Beukian, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ms. Sherry Weaver, Haskayne School of Business 
  • Dr. Susan Skone, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
  • Dr. Svetlana Yanushkevich, Electrical and Software Engineering - Schulich School of Engineering
  • Dr. Tara L. Beattie, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - Cumming School of Medicine
  • Ms. Temitope Oluleye, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre (ACLRC)
  • Dr. Tolulope Sajobi, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Dr. Tuan Trang, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Dr. William Yimbo, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Mr. Yared Belayneh, United Way of Calgary
Dimensions governance structure

Parallel Paths and Equitable Pathways

The Parallel Paths and Equitable Pathways Working Groups in the Dimensions EDI Canada pilot program at the University of Calgary support the advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the research ecosystem by identify barriers and obstacles to full participation of members of the five equity-deserving groups: Indigenous People, LGBTQ2S+, persons with disabilities, visible/racialized minorities, and women. Indigenous Peoples are one of the Equitable Pathways Working Groups, and their work intersects with, and is shaped by, the University’s Indigenous strategy, ii' taa'poh'to'p and Parallel Paths. There are also two additional groups examining the language of EDI, and EDI data.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Indigenous Engagement are foundational commitments and practices at the University of Calgary. These commitments and practices must be woven throughout the research ecosystem.

The Parallel Paths and Equitable Pathways Working Groups will guide our work in the Dimensions Pilot Program, and embed foundational values in the research ecosystem. The working groups are composed of members of the campus community by role — faculty, staff, AUPE, MaPS, students and postdoctoral scholars, and by members of equity-deserving groups. They are facilitated by a chair or co-chairs.

The work of these groups is to go beyond "one size fits all" and to consciously develop pathways into the university and research ecosystem for each equity group as well as at their intersections. Consistent with the Dimensions EDI assessment, they will include storytelling, be quantitative and quantitative data-driven, research-informed, and reflect the lived experiences of diverse members of our campus community. 

The groups will gather qualitative and quantitative data using a variety of methods to answer questions, including mapping the following:

  • What is already being done at UCalgary for each equity-deserving group (women, Indigenous peoples, visible/racialized persons, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons)?
  • What disaggregated data sources do we have for each equity-deserving group?
  • What does an intersectionality lens and analysis reveal about the representation and lived experiences of members of equity-deserving groups at the university and specifically in the research ecosystem?
  • What are the similar and different opportunities, biases, barriers and obstacles faced by each equity-deserving group?
  • What supports, services, awards, opportunities do we have for each equity-deserving group?
  • How does the Tri-Council Policy Statement and Chapter 9 on Research Involving First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples shape our engagement with research with Indigenous peoples at UCalgary?
Dimensions working groups

Parallel Paths and Equitable Pathways Working Groups membership

If you are interested in joining the Parallel Paths Working Group or an Equitable Pathways Working Group, please contact the group's designated co-chair(s) for more information. 

  • Co-Chair, Dr. Michael Hart, Office of Indigenous Engagement, Office of Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and Associate Vice-President (Research)
  • Co-Chair, Jenn Ksionzena, Office of Indigenous Engagement
  • Assad Ali Bik, Student
  • Dr. Tara L. Beattie, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Bruce Evelyn, Office of Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
  • Jeffrey Horvath, Tsuut’ina Nation High School 
  • Dr. Colleen Kawalilak, Werklund School of Education
  • Dahlia Khajeei, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr. Aruna Srivastava, Faculty of Arts
  • Sherry Weaver, Haskayne School of Business
  • Co-Chair, Dr. Aruna Srivistava, Faculty of Arts
  • Co-Chair, Dr. Hieu Ngo, Faculty of Social Work, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sarah Ashton, Student and Enrolment Services
  • Carla Bertsch,  Student and Enrolment Services
  • Heather Burns, Human Resources
  • Cameron Carley, Student
  • Dr. Kirsten Exall, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
  • Dahlia Khajeei, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Lauren Stoffregen, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Co-Chair, Dr. Aruna Srivistava, Faculty of Arts
  • Co-Chair, Dr. Gregor Wolbring, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Dr. Kirsten Exall, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
  • Dahlia Khajeei, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr. David Nicholas, Faculty of Social Work
  • Brenda McDermott, Student and Enrolment Services
  • Renzo Pereyra, Students’ Union at UCalgary
  • Lauren Remple, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr. Johanne Tottle, Student and Enrolment Services
  • Co-Chair, Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Co-Chair, Dr. Pallavi Banerjee, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Fayo Abdi, Arts Representative
  • Dr. Jennifer Adams, Faculty of Science
  • Garrett Beatty, Student and Enrolment Services
  • Dr. Aniela Dela Cruz, Faculty of Nursing
  • Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
  • Liliana Gonzalez, Student and Enrolment Services
  • Le Ha Lewis, Research Accounting, Associate Vice-President (Finance)
  • Dr. Colleen Kawalilak, Werklund School of Education
  • Dahlia Khajeei, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr. Regine King, Faculty of Social Work
  • Dr. Hieu Ngo, Faculty of Social Work, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Temitope Oluleye, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
  • Dr. Aruna Srivistava, Faculty of Arts, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr. Qiao Sun, Schulich School of Engineering
  • Dr. Tuan Trang, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Nicole Wheeler, Human Resources
  • Dr. Francine Smith, Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Physiology and Pharmacology - Cumming School of Medicine
  • Dr. Laleh Behjat, Electrical and Computer Engineering - Schulich School of Engineering
  • Ms. Carla Bertsch, Student and Enrolment Services
  • Dr. Jan Braun, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Ms. Pragya Chopra, Faculty Rep - Science
  • Ms. Keeta Gladue, Research Services Office (formerly Writing Symbols Lodge)
  • Dr. Belinda Heyne, Chemistry - Faculty of Science
  • Ms. Carley L'Hirondelle, Human Resources
  • Co-Chair, Jacqueline Lambert, Senior Analyst, Office of Institutional Analysis
  • Co-Chair, Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Mairi Babey, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Dr. Laleh Behjat, Schulich School of Engineering
  • Dr. Kirsten Exall, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
  • Jeffrey Horvath, Tsuut’ina Nation High School 
  • Dahlia Khajeei, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Carley L'Hirondelle, Human Resources
  • Nazia Viceer, Faculty of Nursing
  • Nicole Wheeler, Human Resources
  • Dr. Gregor Wolbring, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Dr. Svetlana Yanushkevich, Schulich School of Engineering
  • Dr. Sevan Beukian, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Co-Chair, Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Co-Chair, Dr. Virginia Tumasz, Vice Dean, Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. Jennifer Adams, Faculty of Science
  • Assad Ali Bik, Student
  • Mairi Babey, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Jaya Dixit, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
  • Dahlia Khajeei, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr. Donna-Marie McCafferty, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Kome Odoko, Student and Enrolment Services
  • Dr. Francine Smith, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Dr. Gregor Wolbring, Cumming School of Medicine

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