Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

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The Department of Animal 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.

ABSc EDI Committee Member Position
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
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.


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)

U of G Courselink Modules:

  • Principles of Belonging: Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism. This is a an informative module that covers “fundamental anti-oppression principles” as well as equity and diversity, and talks about how to engage in anti-racism.  
  • Making Education Accessible. This module discusses accessibility of courses and the value of inclusion in the workplace.
  • Accessible Service Provision. Similar to Making Education Accessible, this module also relates to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) but with a focus on customer service standards.


Grant Writing with an EDI perspective.  This zoom-based webinar was led by Dr. Imogen R. Coe where she discussed best practices on writing equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) statements for grant proposals and job statements. It was hosted by the Ryerson Career and Co-op Centre (RCCC) Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) on Feb 17, 2021. Click the link to watch the webinar.

EDI for Scientists. This lecture was given by Prof. Lisa Willis, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Alberta and focuses on what faculty need to know when preparing EDI statements. 


Advancing Women in Agriculture Virtual 2021 (Nov 22 and 23, 2021) 


Short Courses:

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Assessment Tools:

Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+). This course from the Government of Canada provides a basic introduction to GBA+, an analytical process used to assess how different women, men and gender diverse people may experience policies, programs and initiatives.

EDI Accreditation:

Made-in-Canada Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network). The Athena Swan model was first implemented in the UK and is now being developed by the Government of Canada. This is a certification program intended to drive cultural change within higher education and research.

June 2021

National Indigenous History Month: Established in 2009 to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. More information on how UofG is honouring Indigenous Peoples can be found here.

International Pride Month: In commemoration of the Stonewall riots in June 1969, LGBTQ2+ Pride Month aims to celebrate and raise awareness of issues facing the community. More information on how UofG is supporting the community can be found here. This year's Guelph Spring Pride will be held virtually from June 4th-13th.

June 8 - Race Unity Day was designated to promote racial harmony and understanding and the essential unity of humanity.

June 13 - International Albinism Awareness Day is a day to stand in solidarity with people living with albinism through their triumphs and challenges. It is a day to stand up for the rights of persons with albinism to live a life that is free of stigma, discrimination, fear and violence.

June 19 - Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States; however Juneteenth celebrations have grown worldwide. In Canada, Emancipation Day is recognized on Aug 1.

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day which honours the unique cultures, heritage as well as achievements of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis population of Canada.

June 27 - Canadian Multiculturalism Day which celebrates Canada's diverse cultures as well as the country's commitment to equality, democracy, and mutual respect.