Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

ABSc Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

The Department of Animial Biosciences is committed to the fair and respectful treatment of all people. As part of our efforts towards strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion in ABSc we have formally established an EDI Committee. The current committee members are:

Member Affiliation
Jennifer Ellis Chair
Rich Moccia Co-Chair
Jim Squires Department Chair
Angela Canovas Faculty
Lee-Anne  Huber Faculty
Elijah  Kiarie Faculty
Robert Jones Staff
Cara Cargo-Froom Graduate Student
Lindsey Rummell Graduate Student

The EDI Committee proposed mandate states: 

“To increase the opportunity for qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities to obtain high quality education, fair access to opportunities and positive life experience in the Animal Biosciences Department at the University of Guelph. This initiative spans recruitment, selection and retention of HQP, as well as helping to support teaching, research and outreach activities that embody the goals of equity, diversity and inclusion.”  


Objectives

Short-term:

  • Establish the EDI committee (completed),
  • Look at opportunities for formal EDI committee training (in progress),
  • Connect with other OAC departments and examine their EDI initiatives (in progress)
  • Conduct an appropriate departmental EDI survey and complete a gap analysis between where we are and where we would like to be (target: late spring/early summer 2021)

Medium-term:

  • Develop a resource list of EDI training opportunities and activities for individual faculty/departmental use (in progress),
  • Develop recommendations and examples of EDI statements/programs for grant proposals and for potential application by faculty in their lab groups (in progress),
  • Identify project funding to support projects identified in our GAP analysis,
  • Consult with CSAS/ASAS on whether an EDI gap analysis has been done at the ‘field’ level in Canada in animal production,
  • Identify opportunities for us to connect with a more diverse group of potential students at the university level (e.g. centre for disabilities, international student groups, aboriginal first nations and metis groups, LGBTQ2S, etc) and at the high school level (recruitment programs)

Long-term:

  • Improve the EDI of the department via identifying points of weakness (gap analysis) and via implementation of specific recruitment, selection and retention strategies,
  • Faculty have enough support to develop and implement effective EDI strategies within their lab groups, and generalized EDI statements have been developed and implemented for teaching (undergrad and grad levels)

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Guelph

Statement from the Office of the President

Resource Document for Researchers