Canada Research Chairs Program - Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Public Accountability and Transparency Requirements
Western University recognizes that our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is central to the University’s mandate as a research intensive institution of higher learning and a community leader. Western understands that our pursuit of research excellence and our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion are mutually supporting. As such, Western is committed to achieving and maintaining an equitable representation amongst our Canada Research Chair holders, as well as within Western’s broader research enterprise.
Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is central to our strategic documents and established practices, including but not limited to the following:
- Western's Strategic Plan, Achieving Excellence on the World Stage, sets a goal to "Increase diversity among our faculty and staff, including the recruitment and retention of designated employee groups (including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities).”
- Western's Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) has, as goals, to "increase Indigenous faculty members working at Western” and “through promotion and tenure and annual performance review processes, recognize additional demands placed on time and workload of Indigenous faculty members through involvement in a number of activities that support Indigenous education and scholarship across the institution.” The ISP also commits to “review strategies to reduce the gap in Aboriginal people’s representation.” An Implementation Task Force is currently (2017-18) identifying specific tactics for achieving these goals.
- Western’s Research Plan indicates that “the appointment of female faculty members to CRC positions is a key priority for Western” and that the Vice-President (Research) “has committed to work closely with the Provost and the Deans of the relevant Faculties to increase the rate of appointment of female faculty as Chairs come up for renewal.”
- Western University and the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association have agreed, in the Faculty Collective Agreement, to "cooperate in the identification and removal of all barriers to the recruitment, selection, hiring, retention and promotion of the following groups: women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and visible minorities."
Through the above strategic plans and our established practices, Western’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion will support our efforts to attract and retain the best talent, increase the diversity of our workplace and contribute to the creation of a world-class research and scholarship culture.
While we have made progress, we will continue to update and enhance provisions for equity, diversity and inclusion. As such, our EDI plan is a living document with strategies for continuous self-assessment and improvement.
Strategy Statement for Raising Awareness of Western’s Commitments and the Benefits of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within the Canada Research Chairs Program and Broader Research Enterprise
As part of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion within the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) and the broader research enterprise we will continue to communicate Western’s principles and values, and the benefits of equity, diversity and inclusion.
We will do this by:
- Communicating the benefits of equity, diversity and inclusion through website presence and community emails.
- Monitoring adherence to well defined allocation, search and recruitment processes and will publish and communicate our progress in diversifying our CRC population.
- Incorporating reporting of equity, diversity and inclusion activities by academic units in our annual planning cycle to re-inforce awareness among academic leaders of the strategic importance to the institution of equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Providing equity, diversity and inclusion training to all members of CRC-related committees, as well as ensuring the participation of an Equity Representative on these committees.
In accordance with Western’s Employment Equity Policy (MAPP 3.2), Employment Equity Policy MAPP3.2, final responsibility and accountability for the University’s Employment Equity Policy rests with the President.
A recommendation for approval of Western’s CRCP EDI plan will be made by Western’s Canada Research Chairs Steering Committee after development and endorsement of the plan from the Western’s Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan Committee.
Western’s CRC Steering Committee’s membership includes: the Provost and Vice-President (Academic); the Vice-President (Research); and the Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty).
Western’s CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan Committee, which developed the CRC-EDI Action plan, includes: M. Karen Campbell (Vice-Provost, Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty), Mark Daley (Associate Vice-President Research), Juan-Luis Suarez (Associate Vice-President, Research), Janice Forsyth (Associate Professor and Director of the Indigenous Studies program), Wendy Pearson (Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research), Tsun-Kong Sham (Tier 1 Canada Research Chair), Amanda Moehring (Tier 2 Canada Research Chair), David Litchfield (Professor and Vice-Dean Research & Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry), David Tweddell (Director, Research Development), Connie Zrini (Faculty Recruitment Consultant), and Terri Tomchick-Condon (Senior Consultant, Equity & Human Rights Services). Advising as a resource to the Committee is Laurie Arnott, Director of Faculty Relations who has expertise in Human Rights and Labour Law.
Western’s Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Action Plan is a “living plan”. Ongoing discussion and dialogue with the full academic community will be central to the plan’s continuous assessment and update.
Please see our Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan website.
Contact Information of Persons Responsible for Implementing Western's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan
Contact information for persons responsible for implementing the Canada Research Chairs Program Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan at Western University:
Dr. M. Karen Campbell
Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty)
Stevenson Hall, Suite 3107E
Faculty Recruitment Consultant, Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention
Stevenson Hall, Suite 4125
Contacts for Western-specific Inquiries or Concerns related to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion:
Senior Consultant, Equity & Human Rights Services
Somerville House, Suite 2319
Tel: 519-661-2111 ext. 81428
Director, Equity & Human Rights Services
Somerville House, Suite 2319
Tel: 519-661-2111 ext. 83883
Contacts for inquiries related to the Faculty Collective Agreement and/or Western University’s policies governing faculty:
Director, Faculty Relations
Stevenson Hall, Suite 3107-B
Tel: 519-661-2111 ext. 83736
Western University has various policies and collective agreement articles related to equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights. For more information on these, please view our full statement: Procedures for Addressing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Concerns (PDF).
CRCP Equity Target Data for all participating institutions can be found at: Canada Research Chairs - Program Statistics
Western University Target percentages: Equity Target Setting Summary Table 2021-2029
For Western's current utilization, please view our CRC Program Utilization Spreadsheet (PDF).
For all of Western's current Canada Research Chair opportunities, as well as archived Canada Research Chair postings, please visit us at our Academic Careers page for Research Chairs.
Canada Research Chair Posting Archives (Internal)
Progress report as of December 15, 2018: Western's CRC EDI Progress Report 2018 (PDF)
Progress report as of May 28, 2021: Western's EDI Progress Report 2019 and 2020 (PDF)