CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Excellence in research and research training demands engagement from scholars who represent the broad diversity across the Canadian population and in particular at academic institutions.

Increased equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) is an essential component of the federal government’s commitment to supporting excellent, innovative, and impactful research. Brock University has identified fostering a culture of inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation, and decolonization as a strategic priority. This commitment foregrounds Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) considerations as one of the four pillars that guide the institution toward achieving our strategic aims and objectives.

Brock University has endorsed the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion charter. See story in The Brock News.

Brock’s strategy consists of a combination of broad and targeted communications, engagement with key stakeholders, and ongoing training. Details can be found in the Brock University EDI Action Plan.

Brock’s strategy consists of a combination of broad and targeted communications, engagement with key stakeholders, and ongoing training. In particular, the strategy includes:

  • Public web page: The web page recognizes the University’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion within the CRCP and the broader research enterprise, highlights its benefits, and includes all relevant information and documentation related to this commitment.
  • Communication to all Faculties: A communication was sent to all Faculties iterating Brock University’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This communication highlighted the steps the institution is taking towards ensuring fair representation of all groups among our Canada Research Chairs and across our research enterprise, and also reiterates the agreement between the University and the Brock University Faculty Association that the University is better able to advance its essential functions, namely the pursuit, creation, and dissemination of knowledge through teaching and research, if members of designated groups are well represented in the bargaining unit.
  • Engagement with stakeholders: Brock’s Vice President, Research and Director, Research Services met with key stakeholders to educate and engage them in this initiative, including the Brock University Faculty Association and the Senate Research and Scholarship Policy Committee.
  • Training: As per the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Practices established by the Canada Research Chairs program, mandatory unconscious bias training, is offered to all faculty and staff involved in the recruitment and nomination of Chair holders.

Approval Authority

The Equity Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan has been approved by the Provost and Vice-President, Academic.

Administrative Lead

The Vice-President, Research is the administrative lead for coordinating the development of Brock’s EDI Action Plan. Brock’s President and Vice-Presidents are responsible for ensuring that employment policies, practices, and procedures are consistent with the Employment Equity Strategy, and for achieving Employment Equity in their respective divisions. Faculty Deans and Associate Deans are responsible for the day-to-day implementation of this plan and its principles within their respective areas.

Process for Developing Brock’s EDI Action Plan

Initial development of Brock’s EDI Action Plan engaged the Vice-President, Research; the Provost and Vice-President, Academic; the University Secretary; the Senior Advisor, Human Rights and Equity; the Director, Research Services; the Director, Government Relations; and a CRC holder. The development included fulsome discussion on Brock’s then-current processes and policies, as well as best practices in ensuring equity in the workplace. Upon completion of the initial draft, the EDI Action Plan was shared with key stakeholders for input, including the Senate Research and Scholarship Policy Committee; Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA); then-current Brock CRCs; and the Faculty Deans.

The working group and the broader group of stakeholders consulted include some members of the designated groups. Following this consultation process, the 2017 EDI Action Plan was finalized by the Working Group, and submitted to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, for approval. The December 2018 and subsequent 2019 versions of the EDI Action Plan were revised from the 2017 EDI Action Plan in response to feedback received from the CRCP Secretariat and consultation with the CRC Selection Committee, including the Director, Human Rights and Equity.

The EDI Action Plan is reviewed and updated annually or as needed in response to the CRCP Secretariat. New versions of the Action Plan are reviewed by relevant stakeholders across the University.

Review of the EDI Action Plan

The content of this EDI Action Plan will be reviewed annually and updated as needed to respond to the CRCP Secretariat. The governance strategy associated with the EDI Action Plan will be reviewed by the Provost and Vice-President, Academic every three (3) years and amended as necessary to ensure it remains current and appropriate.

Concerns related to EDI are addressed through Human Rights and Equity (HRE), which is a confidential office reporting to the President of the University. HRE deals with discrimination, sexual harassment, and general harassment complaints. HRE services are complainant-driven, confidential, and available to all members of the Brock community. In addition to individual complaints, HRE may also examine University processes where there are allegations of inequitable treatment or outcomes. Systemic complaints may be raised by or through HRE under the University’s Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy (RWLEP) or the Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy (SAHP). Concerns and complaints can be initiated by contacting Leela MadhavaRau, Director of Human Rights and Equity or humanrights@brocku.ca. HRE monitors complaints on an ongoing basis to identify trends that could signal the presence of systematic, organizational, or cultural issues. HRE presents data to the Board three times a year reflecting disclosure numbers, complaint types, areas of identified liability, and observed trends. In addition, HRE prepares an annual report to the President and the Board with aggregate data and deeper analysis about trends at Brock.

Policies and statements regarding Faculty Appeals, Conduct, Discipline, Grievances, Rights, and Responsibilities can be found within the BUFA Collective Agreement. Additional policies, such as the Employment Equity Policy and the Employment Accommodation Policy are administered by Human Resources.

CRCs are faculty members at Brock University, therefore the Provost is ultimately responsible for ensuring the proper handling of equity and any resulting disputes and grievances. Any questions, concerns, or disputes related to equity and the CRCP will be managed by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, as per the BUFA Collective Agreement. In October 2018, Dr. Greg Finn was appointed to this position on an interim basis:

Dr. Greg Finn
Interim Provost & Vice-President, Academic
Email: gfinn@brocku.ca
Phone: 905-688-5880 x4121

Concerns related to EDI are addressed through Human Rights and Equity (HRE), which is a confidential office reporting to the President of the University. HRE deals with discrimination, sexual harassment, and general harassment complaints. HRE services are complainant-driven, confidential, and available to all members of the Brock community. In addition to individual complaints, HRE may also examine University processes where there are allegations of inequitable treatment or outcomes. Systemic complaints may be raised by or through HRE under the University’s Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy (RWLEP) or the Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy (SAHP). Concerns and complaints can be initiated by contacting Leela MadhavaRau, Director of Human Rights and Equity or humanrights@brocku.ca. HRE monitors complaints on an ongoing basis to identify trends that could signal the presence of systematic, organizational, or cultural issues. HRE presents data to the Board three times a year reflecting disclosure numbers, complaint types, areas of identified liability, and observed trends. In addition, HRE prepares an annual report to the President and the Board with aggregate data and deeper analysis about trends at Brock.

Policies and statements regarding Faculty Appeals, Conduct, Discipline, Grievances, Rights, and Responsibilities can be found within the BUFA Collective Agreement. Additional policies, such as the Employment Equity Policy and the Employment Accommodation Policy are administered by Human Resources.

Overall program statistics from the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat document the appointment of Canada Research Chairs from four designated employment equity-seeking groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

Prior to 2019, Brock University established institutional goals for the recruitment, promotion, and advancement of women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities based upon the target-setting tool used by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat. Brock is now working toward meeting the 2029 equity targets identified as a result of the 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement. Brock attends carefully to these equity targets when recruiting or nominating potential CRCs or renewing existing CRCs to ensure that our CRC complement will meet or exceed the following targets by 2029:

  • Women                                          50.9%
  • Persons with disabilities               7.5%
  • Indigenous peoples                       4.9%
  • Members of visible minorities       22%

Brock University is required to report each December on progress in implementing the Brock University Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, including efforts made to meet or exceed the CRCP equity targets and university-wide initiatives to enhance equity and inclusion.

Brock University’s CRCP Utilization Spreadsheet, generated by the Canada Research Chairs Program, outlines how many chair allocations Brock 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.

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application.

Consistent with our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, applications are particularly encouraged from individuals who will assist the institution in achieving equity targets. To ensure accurate data regarding Brock’s Canada Research Chair program, all applicants are requested to respond to the voluntary self-identification questions presented in the online application system. Differing career patterns may be more common among members of designated groups, and those who have experienced leaves from the workplace. These differences will be taken into account in assessing the experiences and qualifications of applicants.

All postings for Canada Research Chairs are open to internal and external candidates, unless otherwise noted.

ACTIVE

There are no active opportunities at this time.

ARCHIVED

Fall 2019  SSHRC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Children and Youth: Performance and Mental Health

Fall 2019  NSERC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology

Fall 2019  SSHRC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Art Practice

Fall 2019  NSERC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Biological Psychology

Fall 2019  CIHR Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Mechanisms of Health and Disease

 

Fall 2018  CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Remodelling and Plasticity throughout the Lifespan

Fall 2018  SSHRC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Children and Youth: Performance and Mental Health

Fall 2018  NSERC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Biological Psychology, Epigenetics

Further details regarding EDI practices can be found on the CRCP Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices page, including the specific requirements for recruiting and nominating Canada Research Chairs.

These requirements and recommended practices were established in response to the 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement.