Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commitment Statement

Brandon University is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and we regard individual merit as the prime criterion for the treatment of current faculty and staff and for the employment of new faculty and staff.  Equity is deeply embedded in our hiring practices and diversity welcomed.  We are committed to the values of openness, fairness, and tolerance.

We are committed to ensuring that candidates are not advantaged or disadvantaged, whether they are from a dominant or marginalized group or based on protected characteristics, as outlined in the Human Rights Code.  By extension, this commitment encompasses the Canada Research Chairs Program and the management of our institutional allocation.

Our Moral and Legal Obligations

Brandon University has a moral obligation to:

  • provide equity in the workplace;
  • eliminate employment barriers experienced by those in the designated groups (as listed above);
  • ensure no person is denied employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to qualifications and ability;
  • be inclusive of all community members;
  • enhance employment and economic growth; and
  • promote social justice.

Brandon University has a legal obligation to comply with the requirements of all relevant legislation, such as The Manitoba Human Rights Code, Temporary Foreign Worker Program, The Accessibility for Manitobans Act, as well as internal policies and collective agreements that govern the various groups of faculty and staff.

Our commitment to diversity and equity provides the campus community the opportunity to:

  • serve the needs and expectations of our community better, locally and on a global scale;
  • attract, retain, motivate and develop the best-suited and most qualified people;
  • expand our levels of creativity and innovation for the improvement of decision-making and problem-solving; and
  • be recognized as a socially conscious and progressive university which respects and is inclusive of differences and integrates this diversity into teaching and learning, research, scholarly and creative activities.

Strategy for Raising Institutional Awareness of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Brandon University raises institutional awareness of equity, diversity, and inclusion through a number of ongoing initiatives such as:

  • Collecting information on the Four Designated Groups (FDG) from all new hires to add to our current database.  The data is entered into the Human Resources Information System, which also shows employee response rates.  We continue to communicate with employees on the importance of responding to the FDG survey and ongoing efforts are made to encourage employees to respond;
  • Ongoing training on faculty and non-faculty recruitment and selection, training on the discrimination and harassment policy and procedures, and training on The Accessibility for Manitobans Act;
  • Through the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, initiatives such as revising the equity self-identification form, creating FAQs, spearheading and partnering on several awareness events such as 100 Years of Loss, Orange Shirt Day, Black History Month, and securing a space for a multi-faith prayer space on campus;
  • Through the Status of Women Committee, initiatives in relation to gender equity such as ongoing public reporting, workshops, mentoring for female faculty members, and running events for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day; and
  • Brandon University’s Campus Master Plan and the Indigenization of the Campus

Initiatives specific  to the CRC Program include initiatives such as:

  • EDI Training and unconscious bias training for anyone or any committee involved in the CRC selection process;
  • Ensuring efforts are made for an appropriate balance of the four designated groups on selection committees;
  • Conducting meetings with selection committees and Deans to discuss EDI requirements and matters; and
  • Including EDI information in our all our communications and documents relating to the institutional CRC selection and retention process.

Governance Plan for Approval of Brandon University’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan

The plan for the governance of the Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan will fall to a sub committee of the Brandon University Research Committee of Senate (SRC), the Brandon University Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee.

The BU CRC EDI Committee shall be comprised of the following members:

  • Associate Vice-President (Research), Chair
  • Diversity and Human Rights Advisor
  • Canada Research Chairs
  • Additional members to ensure diverse representation, if needed
  • Manager of Research Services

The Senate Research Committee shall ensure that the CRC EDI Committee is diverse and efforts will be made to ensure it is representative of the population it serves.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan

TBA – March 2019

Contact Information of Individual Responsible for Implementing Brandon University’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Agenda

The Brandon University Diversity and Human Rights Office takes the lead in developing policies and procedures and undertaking ongoing training to create awareness and to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.  Questions or additional information relating to CRCP equity, diversity, and inclusion can be addressed to Brandon University’s Diversity and Human Rights Advisor:

Lisa Park
Human Resources
Room 337, Clark Hall
270 – 18th Street
Brandon MB  R7A 6A9
Phone:  (204) 573-6085
Fax:  (204) 726-1957

How Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Concerns Received by BU are Monitored, Addressed, and Reported to Senior Administration

Concerns related to CRC equity, diversity, and inclusion shall be submitted in writing to the Vice-President (Academic & Provost).  The Vice-President (Academic & Provost) will bring forward any CRC EDI concerns to the President’s Executive Committee (PEC) for discussion and will respond to matters in consultation with the PEC and the Diversity and Human Rights Advisor.  Matters of communication and ongoing monitoring will fall to the Office of the Vice-President (Academic & Provost) in collaboration with the Diversity and Human Rights Advisor.  The Office of the Vice-President (Academic & Provost) shall maintain all correspondence and files for all formal CRC EDI matters.

Equity Targets and Gaps for Each of the Four Designated Groups

Equity targets for Brandon University and all other institutions participating in the CRCP can be found on the CRC website at Equity Targets and Results of Participating Institutions.

Policies and Procedures that Govern the Staffing of Canada Research Chairs

The policies and procedures that govern the staffing of Canada Research Chair positions at Brandon University as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion are as follows: 

  1. Brandon University Canada Research Chairs Procedures
  1. Collective Agreements
  1. Recruitment Information
  1. Orientation and Onboarding
  1. Human Rights, Anti-Discrimination, and Anti-Harassment
  1. Accessibility and Accommodation

Canada Research Chairs Program Utilization Information

The Brandon University Canada Research Chairs Program Utilization Spreadsheet is generated by the CRCP and outlines information such as Brandon University’s CRC allocation and who our current Chairholders are.

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