Mount Saint Vincent University is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in employment and believes the excellence the institution is known for is enhanced through the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University benefits from shared experience with people from diverse backgrounds who bring new and varied perspectives to academic endeavors and community  life.

Dimensions Program at MSVU  
MSVU is one of 17 universities and colleges from across Canada – and the only Nova Scotia institution – selected to work with the Tri-Agency Dimensions team to foster increased research excellence, innovation and creativity within the post-secondary sector across all disciplines through increased equity, diversity and inclusion. Learn more:

If you would like to read the full MSVU Dimensions application, please contact

Dimensions Committee Members 2022-2023*:
Tamara Franz-Odendaal (Chair, 2020-2022) (Biology)
Phillip Joy (Vice-Chair, 2022-2023) (Applied Human Nutrition)
Susan Brigham (Education)
Tianyuan Yu (Business and Tourism)
Derek Fisher (Psychology)
Veronica Bacher (Research Office)
Tammy Mercer (Human Resources)
Isabelle Cormier (Institutional Analyst)
James Jollymore (Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success)
Claire Lahey (Undergraduate student)
Paige Drake (Graduate student)

Dimensions Ex Officio members:
Tegan Zimmerman (RESO Consultant)
Jacqueline Gahagan (AVPR)
Delvina Bernard (EDIA Advisor)
Brook Taylor (VP-Academic)

*Additional members are welcome, especially Indigenous and racialized members of the Mount community

Canada Research Chairs Action Plan 
Mount Saint Vincent University is currently developing a Canada Research Chair (CRC ) Action Plan to ensure equitable and representative CRC nominations and appointments at MSVU. We are committed to including the unique experiences and needs of the four designated groups: women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities, in  all aspects of research.

Research shows that teams of diverse researchers are more innovative, have a greater collective intelligence, have more capacity to tackle complex issues and, ultimately, achieve excellence. For Canada to reach its full potential for innovation there needs to be a diversity of perspectives to tackle issues and respond to opportunities effectively that will have real impact. Moreover, to retain excellent research talent in Canada, diverse researchers need to feel meaningfully welcomed, supported, valued and included (Canada Research Chairs).


Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA) Resources


Dr. Phillip Joy (he/him)
Vice Chair, Dimensions Committee

From Theory To Action: MSVU 150th Anniversary Student Research Symposium

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To view the virtual posters, click below!

Alexia Major

Cameron Telch

Elvenia Gray-Sandiford

Sarah Haggett

Joel Murphy

Kadeon Fletcher

Amber Duynisveld

Natalie Lawy

Rafaela Muriel Alarcon

Maria Victoria Estrella