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Research excellence requires equity, diversity, and inclusion

By Alejandro Adem      

This is an amazing opportunity for change-makers to ensure that our doors are as wide open as possible. The benefits of this outlook accrue to society as a whole and will be reflected in the scholarship that we all seek to pursue.

In a crisis year when science and systemic racism were such top-of-mind concerns, it hardly seems necessary to reiterate the critical importance of creating a broadly based, inclusive society. Yet those of us working in the research world must continue to reflect on how our own institutions and practices can be part of the solution, writes Alejandro Adem. Photograph courtesy of Mike Chai/Pexels

OTTAWA—As a mathematician, I am drawn to numbers, and one particular set caught my eye not long ago. According to data compiled in 2019 by the Diversity Gap Canada, a project by University of Calgary political science professor Dr. Malinda Smith, the deans of Canadas top 15 universities are mostly white and male, and only 2.9 per cent are racialized women. Another recent assessment from Universities Canada found that just 8.3 per cent of senior university leaders come from a visible minority group, and of that, only 0.8 per cent are Black. For a country that lauds diversity, immigration and equity, these are troubling statistics.

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