UBC is one of 17 Canadian post-secondary institutions that are participating in a pilot project of the federal Dimensions program, which seeks to identify and eliminate systemic obstacles and inequities for marginalized and under-represented people in research.
The UBC Dimensions pilot project is co-led by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and UBC's Equity & Inclusion Office.
During the pilot, UBC will conduct a comprehensive institutional scan of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)-related policies, programs, practices and initiatives, and perform an in-depth, reflective assessment of the university’s research-related systems, practices and culture. This will help to inform the development of an action plan with goals that address identified gaps, barriers and trends in EDI within the UBC research ecosystem. As a participating institution, UBC will contribute to the development of the federal program’s design and delivery by providing relevant feedback to the Tri-Agency Dimensions team.
The Dimensions program aims to enable transformational change within the research community at Canadian post-secondary institutions by identifying and eliminating systemic obstacles and inequities experienced by members of traditionally underserved, marginalized and excluded groups. UBC’s participation in the Dimensions program reinforces our commitment to ensure equitable access to funding opportunities, increase equitable and inclusive participation in research and embed EDI-related considerations in research design and practices across the institution.