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Public Disclosure

CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are fundamental to fostering a culture that supports the systematic removal of barriers and creates multiple means of representation, engagement and expression. Athabasca University is committed to creating and sustaining an environment in which qualified individuals, including those from the four designated and other under-represented groups have equal opportunities to participate in teaching and research and ultimately contribute to the University's Imagine Plan, of Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities.

EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COMMITMENT STATEMENT

  • Athabasca University’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan outlines its commitment to research excellence and to sustaining participation of individuals from the four designated groups (i.e., women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples and members of visible minorities) in its Canada Research Chair complement. The plan is based on the premise that sound equity practices afford access to all qualified candidates; uphold the integrity of the selection, nomination and appointment process, and support research excellence and training.

    The plan also provides a framework for attaining Athabasca University’s Canada Research Chair program equity and diversity targets by identifying and addressing equity gaps, fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace, and measuring progress made in addressing equity gaps on an ongoing basis. While the plan was developed specifically in relation to the Canada Research Chair program, it may also have relevance for the recruitment of other research chairs within the academy.

  • The CRC EDI Action Plan represents a foundational component of strateges to embed equity, diversity, and inclusion principles and practices into AU processes and practices beyond the CRC program. AU is committed to expanding the CRC EDI program to all staff at the institution.

STRATEGY FOR RAISING AWARENESS

  • The Research Centre in conjunction with the offices of the Provost & Vice President Academic and Human Resources are developing a plan to raise awareness and implement an institution-wide equity, diversity and inclusion program.

    AU will evaluate its CRCP EDI action plan, hiring practices, response to individual EDI concerns raised by research chairs within the next year.

    It is anticipated that an overall EDI institutional strategy will be formulated, prioritized, and implemented over the next two years.

GOVERNANCE PLAN FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE EDI ACTION PLAN

  • EDI Action Plan approved by the Athabasca University Executive, 08 November 2017

  • In developing this Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, input was sought from numerous individuals and groups within the university, including but not limited to:

    • Individuals from the four designated groups
    • Deans and the Chair Centre for Distance Education
    • Chairholders (current and former)
    • Academic researchers
    • Academic Research Committee
    • General Faculties Council
    • Chief Human Resources Officer and Human Resources Advisors
    • Athabasca University Faculty Association Employment Equity Committee
    • Senior university administrators
    • Administrators responsible for implementing the Canada Research Chair program, including the Research Ethics Officer.
    A key goal of this stakeholder engagement was to identify and ameliorate barriers to the recruitment and retention of individuals from the four designated groups in Athabasca University’s Canada Research Chair complement.

ATHABASCA UNIVERSITY CONTACT INFORMATION

  • The Associate Vice President Research is responsible for addressing equity concerns related to the management of the university’s Canada Research Chair allocations. His/her contact information is found on the Research Centre website (http://research.athabascau.ca).

EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MONITORING AND REPORTING

  • The Employment Equity Committee, which was established in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of Agreement Between the Governors of Athabasca University and Athabasca University Faculty Association (AUFA), addresses equity concerns of professionals and academics, including Chairholders within the academy. It is comprised of two members appointed by the Faculty Association and two members appointed by the Board of Governors. Included also in the collective agreement are clauses related to discrimination and harassment. The Athabasca University Addressing Concerns of Harassment by University Employees and Representatives Policy and Procedures offer further guidance.
  • Chairholders are strongly encouraged to discuss issues and concerns, including concerns related to equity among Chairholders, with the Associate Vice President Research so that they can be resolved in a timely manner. The Associate Vice President Research shall communicate Chairholders’ concerns to the Provost and Vice President Academic and seek advice from others about possible courses of action.

EQUITY TARGETS AND GAPS

UTILIZATION SPREADSHEET

  • Athabasca University's CRCP Utilization Spreadsheet, generated by the Canada Research Chairs Program, outlines how many chair allocations AU has, how many are filled and by which chair holders (with their term end and start dates), type of flex moves used and which allocations are available.

EXTERNAL CHAIR POSTINGS

INTERNAL RETENTION POSTINGS

  • Current: None
  • Archived: None

EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION REQUIREMENTS AND PRACTICES

EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ACTION PLAN

Research Support Fund

Athabasca University gratefully acknowledges the financial contribution of the federal government's Research Support Fund (formerly the Indirect Cost Program), which helps to offset the costs associated with administering Tri-Agency grants and awards.

How the RSF funding will be utilized each year is outlined in the documents below:

Updated May 10 2019 by Research

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