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U of Toronto to take steps to increase diversity in its research enterprise


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 26th, 2018

The University of Toronto (U of T) is launching a new initiative to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in its research activities.

The initiative is based on 49 recommendations made in a report produced by a working group convened by Vivek Goel, vice president of research and innovation at U of T. The report’s recommendations cover topics such as the way researchers are funded, the way awards and other honors are granted to researchers, and measures the U of T can take to attract and retain a diverse group of top researchers.

“While the University of Toronto has long been committed to equity and diversity, moving forward on these recommendations will create a more systemic approach by applying an equity, diversity and inclusion lens to all of our internal programs and competitions — basically everything we do,” says Goel.

For example, one recommendation calls for education programs to inform all members of U of T’s research and innovation enterprise about principles and practices that promote equity, with the goal of implementing those practices throughout the university.

U of T’s research and innovation office has appointed a new research equity and diversity strategist to help lead the implementation of the working group’s recommendations. The division will also establish a new standing committee to advise leadership on matters related to equity, diversity and inclusion, and to regularly report on ongoing initiatives.

Source: U of T News

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