UBC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Dimensions Pilot

UBC is a participant in the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada Pilot.

UBC is one of 17 Canadian post-secondary institutions participating in the Dimensions: equity, diversity and inclusion Canada pilot program (hereafter referred to as “Dimensions”). Dimensions is an initiative led by the federal Tri-Agencies (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and Canadian Institute of Health Research) designed to provide a mechanism that post-secondary institutions can adopt to increase research excellence, innovation and creativity across all disciplines through increased equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The Dimensions Program is intended to publicly recognize post-secondary institutions seeking to increase EDI in their environments and across the research ecosystem. The program helps to enable transformational change within the research community at Canadian post-secondary institutions by identifying and eliminating obstacles and inequities. This will support equitable access to funding opportunities, increase equitable and inclusive participation, and embed EDI-related considerations in research design and practices.

The concept for Dimensions was inspired by the Athena SWAN program in the United Kingdom; however, there are key differences between the two. Building on the Athena SWAN program, which focuses on advancing the careers of women in higher education and research, Dimensions is designed to represent Canadian realities, including all disciplines, and intends to address obstacles faced by underrepresented or disadvantaged groups, including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of a visible minority/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities.

The Dimensions Charter is foundational to the Dimensions Pilot Program. Endorsed by UBC in 2019, the charter outlines principles institutions commit to, to foster increased research excellence, innovation and creativity within the post-secondary sector across all disciplines, through greater EDI.

UBC ANNOUNCEMENT OF PARTICIPATING IN THE DIMENSIONS PILOT

NSERC DIMENSIONS PILOT WEBSITE

Contact Us

Leslie Grad
Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRIO)
leslie.grad@ubc.ca
tel: 604-827-4550

Adedoyin Luwaji
Planning & Evaluation Strategist, Dimensions
Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRIO)
adedoyin.luwaji@ubc.ca
tel: 604-827-0810

Elsie Achugbue
Manager, Planning and Evaluation
Equity and Inclusion Office (EIO)
elsie.achugbue@ubc.ca
tel: 604-827-3347

Evelina Tolstykh
Project Coordinator, Dimensions
Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRIO)
evelina.tolstykh@ubc.ca
tel: 604-827-0042

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