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


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 in fall 2021

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.

  • Malinda Smith - Vice-Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)
  • Robert Thompson - Associate Vice-President (Research)
  • Susan Skone - Associate Vice-President (Research)
  • Marcello Tonelli - Associate Vice-President (Research)   
  • Penny Pexman - Associate Vice-President (Research)
  • Michael Hart - Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement)
  • Steve Vamosi - Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Faculty of Science
  • Pamela Chu - Associate Dean, Professionalism, Equity and Diversity, CSM
  • Qiao Sun - Senior Associate Dean, Diversity and Equity
  • Sherry Weaver - Haskayne School of Business
  • Colleen Kawalilak - Werklund School of Education 
  • Lorna Very - Executive Director, VPR  - MAPS representative 
  • Kirsten Exall - Director, Institutional Programs, RSO 
  • Lindsay Lucas - AUPE representative 
  • Bruce Evelyn - Vice-Provost  (Planning and Resource Allocation)
  • Ellen Perrault - Dean, Faculty of Social Work
  • AshleyConnect-Benoit - GSA representative 
  • Stephanie Kedzior - Postdoc representative 
  • Maureen Duffy - Faculty of Law
  • Manpreet Sahota - Undergraduate student representative 
  • Aniela Dela Cruz - Faculty of Nursing
  • John Brown - Dean, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
  • Tuan Trang - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine 
  • Jeny Mathews-Thusoo Community Member - City of Calgary (Program Lead, Resilience & Infrastructure Calgary)
  • Laleh Behjat - Schulich School of Engineering
  • Jan Braun - Cumming School of Medicine
  • Belinda Heyne - Faculty of Science
  • William Yimbo - Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Donna-Marie McCafferty - Cumming School of Medicine/FGS
  • Gregor Wolbring - Cumming School of Medicine
  • Melanee Thomas - Faculty of Arts
  • Keeta Gladue - Student and Enrolment Services, Writing Symbols Lodge
  • Nicole Wheeler - Human Resources
  • Carla Bertsch - Sexual Violence Support Advocate
  • Garrett Beatty - International Student Advisor, Intercultural Programs
  • Sandy Hershcovis - Haskayne School of Business
  • Pamela Hyde - Specialist, Marketing and Communications
  • Nazia Viceer - EDI Advisor, VPR Office
  • Patrina Duhaney - Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, Lethbridge Campus
  • Jonah Secreti - Student  
  • Lynda Gwilliam - Executive Director, Facilities
  • Francine Smith - Professor, CMS
  • Carley L'Hirondelle - Human Resources
  • Johanne Tottle - Director, Student Accessibility Services
  • Nanako Furyama - Women's Resource Centre
  • Jeffrey Horvath - Student/Community Member
  • Andrew Szeto - Campus Mental Health Strategy
  • Kome Odoko - Student Support Case Management Coordinator
  • Le Ha Lewis - Director, Research Accounting
  • Kristin Davick - Manager - Residence Life
  • Jennifer Adams - Associate Professor, TIER 2 CRC Creativity & STEM
  • William Rosehart - Schulich School of Engineering
Dimensions governance chart

Equitable Pathways

The 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, LGBTQ2+, 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 Pathways. 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 Equitable Pathways Working Groups will guide our work in the Dimensions Pilot Program, and embed foundational values in the research ecosystem. The Equitable Pathways 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?
Equitable Pathways working groups diagram

Equitable Pathways Working Groups membership

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

  • Michael Hart, Chair
  • Jenn Ksionzena, Co-chair
  • Assad Ali Bik
  • Tara Beattie
  • Bruce Evelyn
  • Jeff Horvath
  • Colleen Kawalilak
  • Dahlia Khajeei
  • Aruna Srivastava
  • Sarah Ashton
  • Carla Bertsch
  • Heather Burns
  • Kirsten Exall
  • Dahlia Khajeei
  • Hieu Ngo 
  • Lauren Stoffregen
  • Melanee Thomas
  • Aruna Srivistava (co-chair)
  • Gregor Wolbring (co-chair)
  • Kirsten Exall
  • Dahlia Khajeei
  • David Nicholas
  • Renzo Pereyra
  • Lauren Remple
  • Fayo Abdi
  • Garrett Beatty
  • Aniela Dela Cruz
  • Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle
  • Liliana Gonzalez
  • Dahlia Khajeei
  • Le Ha Lewis
  • Hieu Ngo
  • Temitope Oluleye
  • Aruna Srivastava
  • Qiao Sun
  • Tuan Trang
  • Nicole Wheeler
  • Francine Smith (co-chair)
  • Laleh Behjat (co-chair)
  • Carla Bertsch
  • Jan Braun
  • Pragya Chopra
  • Belinda Heyne
  • Dahlia Khajeei
  • Carley L'Hirondelle
  • Melanee Thomas
  • Malinda Smith, Co-chair
  • Jacqueline Lambert, Co-chair
  • Dahlia Khajeei
  • Mairi Babey
  • Laleh Behjat
  • Kirsten Exall
  • Jeff Horvath
  • Carley L'Hirondelle
  • Melanee Thomas
  • Nazia Viceer
  • Nicole Wheeler
  • Gregor Wolbring
  • Svetlana Yanushkevich
  • Malinda Smith, Co-chair
  • Virginia Tumasz, Co-chair
  • Jennifer Adams
  • Assad Ali Bik
  • Jaya Dixit
  • Dahlia Khajeei
  • Donna-Marie McCafferty
  • Kome Odoko
  • Francine Smith
  • Melanee Thomas
  • Gregor Wolbring

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