The Biology Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is a new student-led group established to promote EDI in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa! Within our biology community, and beyond, it is vital that we challenge anti-Black racism and other forms of discrimination against people from under-represented groups.
Only together can we tackle the barriers to equitable access, opportunities, and resources faced by those who are a part of equity-seeking groups. We recognize that each group has its own unique set of issues that require care and attention, but we hope that through our efforts, we can start to move towards reconciling and improving the Biology Department and the Faculty of Science.
Promote the culture of EDI awareness and open discussion
Conduct activities on racism awareness to combat personal biases
Support under-represented minority groups
Produce a department code of conduct
Demystify the undergraduate-to-graduate transition
Provide guidance on updating course curricula to include scientific contribution from under-represented groups
Institute more equitable hiring, including less 'colour-blind' hiring criteria and EDI-explicit job ad wording
These are only the first steps, and so the committee asks for interested graduate students to join in and provide their voice to this initiative. If you have any questions or want to join the Biology EDI Committee, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below!