The Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities fosters the development of an inclusive and transformational university culture where individual distinctiveness and a sense of belonging for every member drives excellence in research, teaching, learning and working at Carleton. Such a culture facilitates cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration, local and global engagement, and expands an environment of innovative intellectual inquiry where all can fulfil their potential.

Our commitment strengthens connections and cohesion within and across university communities and promotes inclusive leadership capacity-building throughout the institution.
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Education, Training and Professional Development

The Department offers programming to foster the development of personal competencies and the implementation of structural elements necessary to accelerate an inclusive and transformational university culture:

  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Cultural Competencies for Inclusive Workplaces
  • Unconscious Bias Training
  • Equity in the Classroom and Workspaces

Employment and Educational Equity Policy

Carleton University is committed to providing equity in employment (including pay equity) and maintaining a supportive, hospitable and welcoming employment environment for all individuals. The University is committed to achieving and maintaining a diverse workforce and to initiating special measures as required to ensure full participation and advancement of employees in groups that have traditionally been under-represented, to enable them to compete for positions and work with others on an equitable basis.

Carleton University is also committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and research and to providing equity in its educational programs and services. The University strives to provide the best possible educational experience for all of its students and to encourage and assist all students to succeed academically and as members of the University community. The commitment to provide educational equity extends to members of disadvantaged groups as outlined in the University’s Statement on Conduct and Human Rights, and includes international students within these categories.

Provisions relating to both employment and educational equity are contained in the Human Rights Policy.

Events and Campaigns

Cultural transformation involves awareness-building and visibility. The Department sponsors or commemorates events and campaigns across campus to celebrate and illuminate the principles and practices related to equity and inclusive communities including:

  • Inclusion Week
  • International Women’s Day
  • Black History Month
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day

Policy Advice and Counsel

The Department is a leading voice on pan-university bodies, collaborating with university partners to advocate for the consideration of equity, inclusion and Indigenous ways of knowing and learning in all strategic institutional priorities.

Among other programs, EIC works with the Office for Research Initiatives and Services to support the Canada Research Chairs program. Click here for more information.

Consultation and Planning

EDI Action Plan

Following a robust consultative process led by EIC in 2020, the Carleton University EDI Action Plan was officially launched in March 2021.

This comprehensive plan outlines ways to reimagine curricular and pedagogical practices, and commits to further enhancing student supports, research infrastructure, leadership development for academic and non-academic staff, organizational culture and more. Please read the final Carleton University EDI Action Plan. A more concise companion is also available.

Disaggregated Demographic Data (DDD) Collection

Carleton University’s success, now and into the future, must be built upon the best information, evidence and data available about the experience of all our students, faculty and staff through the lens of equity, inclusion and Indigenous ways of knowing and learning. One of the first priorities emerging from the EDI Action Plan to support this goal is the need to internally collect disaggregated demographic data (DDD).

Carleton University is currently required to collect demographic information for 4 designated groups – Women, Racialized Persons, Indigenous Persons, and Persons with Disabilities under the Federal Contractor’s Program. Direct student demographic data collection is confined to gender. These incomplete and overly broad categories are insufficient to permit understanding of different experiences within and cross-cutting intersectional experiences across groups.

Accurate and disaggregated quantitative and qualitative information is critical to the university’s ability to recruit and attract the broadest spectrum of talent, expertise, knowledge and experience necessary to enrich the student experience, promote the best decision-making and accelerate academic excellence. It is also essential to assess the university’s progress towards eliminating barriers and removing conditions of disadvantage for students and employees.

Through the commitment and ongoing collaboration from leaders across campus, the university has commenced the process of planning, designing and socializing and ultimate implementation of DDD collection. EIC is a critical partner in the fulfilment of the university’s aspirations.

Engagement in National EDI Initiatives

Carleton has reaffirmed its leadership intent in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in other ways. By endorsing the NSERC Dimensions Program Charter, the university adopts its principles designed to achieve greater research excellence, innovation and creativity in higher education through EDI: Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada.

Carleton is also a member of Universities Canada and as such the university has committed to the seven principles of Inclusive Excellence.