New action plan focuses on opportunities to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in research

People and Places | Strategy 4: Inclusive Excellence
Theme: Inclusion

UBC’s Dimensions Action Plan for EDI in Research, published today, comprises 24 objectives and 43 actions to improve equity, diversity and inclusion in UBC’s research community.

The plan was developed as part of UBC’s participation in the federal Dimensions: equity, diversity and inclusion Canada pilot program from 2020-2023 and will be integrated into UBC’s Strategic Equity and Anti-Racism (StEAR) Framework. The action plan addresses several policies, programs and initiatives relating to the university’s:

  • Research services;
  • Internal funding and award opportunities;
  • Research culture;
  • Hiring, promotion and retention practices for research faculty and staff; and
  • Recruitment, admissions and funding for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduates involved in research.

The Dimensions Action Plan builds upon, and complements, UBC’s ongoing initiatives to address and enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism at the university, including the Inclusion Action Plan, the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force Report and recommendations, UBC’s Employment Equity Plan, and UBC’s Canada Research Chairs EDI Action Plan.

“UBC’s Strategic Equity and Anti-Racism Framework will provide the avenue through which our Dimensions Action Plan for EDI in Research will be implemented and evaluated,” says Dr. Arig al Shaibah, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion. “The Dimensions plan’s focus on our research ecosystem is an important component in building a coordinated roadmap to change throughout the institution.”

Implementation of UBC’s Dimensions Action Plan for EDI in Research will be coordinated by the Equity and Inclusion Office.

Visit the UBC Research website to learn more.

Through Strategy 4: Inclusive Excellence, UBC is reviewing and revising its policies, practices and services to reflect its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.