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Laurier’s Philosophy on Inclusion and Research Excellence

Increasing representation from equity seeking groups strengthens Laurier’s research efforts and the university as a whole. Building Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) into Laurier’s research enterprise will proactively and collectively work towards eliminating systemic barriers faced by equity-deserving groups.

Laurier is aligned with the Tri-Agency Commitment to EDI:

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council recognize that achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to research excellence. An equitable research environment advances knowledge and understanding, and responds to local, national and global challenges.

With the goals of excellence in research and research training in mind, the agencies are committed to:

  1. Supporting equitable access to funding opportunities for all researchers and trainees.
  2. Promoting the integration of equity, diversity and inclusion-related considerations in research design and practices.
  3. Increasing equitable and inclusive participation in the research system, including on research teams.
  4. Collecting the data and conducting the analyses needed to include equity, diversity and inclusion considerations in decision-making.

By taking steps to foster an equitable research environment, the Laurier will work with those involved in Canada’s research ecosystem to develop the inclusive culture needed to produce research that is rigorous, relevant and accessible to diverse populations.

Researcher Resources

Laurier offers researchers an array of training opportunities and toolkits that provide strategies for bringing EDI into research. Browse this roster of resources, which are available to Laurier researchers.

Online Module: Inclusive Labs and Research Teams

This self-paced hybrid course and toolkit provide concrete strategies for incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) into labs and research teams. In completing the course, participants will build a working understanding of foundational EDI concepts, understand how to embed EDI in research processes and systems and how to foster a collaborative research environment rooted in equity and excellence.

This module is available on MyLearningSpace through the "Self Registration" menu. The course is listed as "EDI – Inclusive Research."

Custom Workshop and Training Request Form

If you're interested in a customized equity and inclusion workshops for your unit, fill out the Custom Workshop and Training Request Form. The Office of the Associate Vice-President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will follow up with you in a meeting to discuss your needs and move forward with confirming details about the session.

Workshop Roster

Browse our suite of workshops you can request using the request form above.

Understanding Bias, Privilege, and Positionality

Participants will learn how the concepts of bias, privilege, and positionality play out in research contexts. They will discuss as a group how unaddressed bias, privilege, and positionality impact their scholarly communities and share strategies for addressing and mitigating their impact.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Research Project Design

Participants will learn some strategies for inclusive research project design and execution. This will include questions you can ask at the project design, literature scan, data collection, analysis, and knowledge mobilization stages. Participants will then share their own perspectives on the challenges and strategies associated with inclusive research project design.

Systemic Inequities in the Evaluation of Scholarship

Participants will learn about various calls to action made in recent years for reform in the assessment of research excellence. Participants will reflect on the metrics they use to assess research excellence and discuss steps they can take to account for how systemic inequities when evaluating scholarly merit.

Systemic Inequities in the Evaluation of Teaching and Service Excellence

Participants will learn about various calls to action made in recent years for reform in the assessment of teaching and service excellence. Participants will reflect on the metrics they use to assess teaching and service excellence and discuss steps they can take to account for how systemic inequities when evaluating merit in teaching and service work.

Amplifying Scholars from Equity-Deserving Groups

Participants will learn about the foundational principles of allyship in research contexts. The facilitator will outline calls to action for concrete steps scholars can take to support colleagues from equity-deserving groups, particularly through citational practices and knowledge mobilization. Participants will then discuss and reflect on steps they have taken to amplify scholars from equity-deserving groups in their scholarly community.

Facilitating Difficult Conversations

Participants will learn strategies for leading effective dialogue about systemic inequities within their labs, departments, research teams, and scholarly communities. The facilitator will present resources that encourage reflection on inequities in research and share strategies for facilitating difficult conversations. Participants will then share their own challenges and strategies in facilitating conversations about systemic inequities in research and professional practice.

Inclusion and Exclusion in Peer-Academic Settings

Participants will learn how different forms of systemic exclusion appear in peer-academic settings, such as conferences, keynotes, networking sessions, keynotes, panels, and plenary sessions. They will then discuss strategies for fostering inclusion in peer-academic settings.

Fostering an Inclusive Research Environment

Participants will learn about steps that they can take to foster an inclusive culture in their labs, research teams, or departments. This session takes Dr. Bala Chaudhary and Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe’s “Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab” as its starting point. The session provides participants with concrete strategies for mobilizing Chaudhary and Berhe’s calls to action into practice. Participants will discuss challenges and successes in fostering an inclusive research environment.

EDI in Graduate Supervision

Participants will learn calls to action, considerations, and best practices surrounding inclusive graduate supervision. It addresses considerations relating to recruitment, mentorship, training, and development. Participants will then share successes and challenges with the group from their own experiences.

Accountability in Research

This session begins with an overview of calls to action surrounding accountability in the Canadian research ecosystem and internationally. It focuses on accountability of researchers in the project design and knowledge mobilization stages. Participants will also spend time discussing challenges and successes in building accountability within their scholarly communities.

Citational Practices and Systemic Inequities in Research

Overview of the basics of critical engagement with one’s citational practices in ways that concretely address systemic inequities in one’s field.

Racial Literacy

Overview of the basics of racial literacy and its relevance to research and higher education contexts.


Overview of the concept of allyship and its relevance to research contexts.

Contact Us:

Barrington Walker, Associate Vice-President, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion



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