Canada Research Chairs Institutional Accountability
Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in employment and believes that our research excellence is enhanced through the diversification of Canadian Research Chair nominations. MSVU’s overall research culture benefits from shared experience with people from diverse backgrounds who bring new and varied perspectives. Building on MSVU’s commitment to the advancement of women that is historically embedded within our policies and practices, we will include members of all equity deserving groups within the frameworks created by our legacy.
Throughout its history, MSVU has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to advancing the education, support, capacity building, and career opportunities of women. Explicitly, MSVU promotes research focused on women and related issues of gender and equity that includes representation from most academic departments. Integrally linked to this overarching and interdisciplinary focus on gender equity is an emphasis on social responsibility and community engagement, which incorporates equity more broadly. Many of the University’s educational programs and departments, as well as many faculty members, have a developed a mature record of accomplishment respecting these commitments.
MSVU will continue to uphold excellence in the attraction, recruitment, and retention of a diverse pool of candidates for future CRC nominations. MSVU has been selected as a pilot university for the federal Dimensions: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion program: one of 17 universities and colleges in the country. The process followed in the pilot will assist the already gender-rich environment at MSVU. The University takes very seriously its Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion pilot status and will develop university wide plans to address capacity in this regard.
Learn more about MSVU’s commitment to EDI and strategy for raising awareness here.
In 2021, the MSVU Research Office has hosted multiple events targeted at raising awareness of the benefits of EDI within the MSVU research community. These include two Town Halls, a presentation on embedding EDI in research teams and best practices for promotion of EDI within those teams, and a grant writing workshop aimed at integrating EDI into proposals. Student, faculty and staff can access the presentation recordings here. A broad communications strategy with respect to the Dimensions program, the CRCP, and the EDIA Advisor has been developed and implemented through the Research Office.
More information about the Canada Research Chair Program:
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices
- 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement
- Canada Research Chairs: Program Statistics
- CRC EDI Stipend Report 2020-21
- Statement of Account Form for the EDI Stipend
Associate Vice-President Research: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-President Academic and Provost: email@example.com
How EDI concerns are monitored, addressed, and reported
Staff and Faculty can direct EDI related concerns to the Harassment and Discrimination Advisor. The Mount’s Harassment and Discrimination Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) acts as a confidential, fair and impartial resource to the University community on all aspects of harassment and discrimination. The Advisor offers advice and support to any student, faculty or staff member who has concerns about harassment or discrimination. The Advisor also works to resolve informal complaints of harassment and discrimination and, when required, refers formal complaints to an external investigator for investigation. The Harassment and Discrimination Advisor reports directly to the President and Vice-Chancellor. Complaints relating to the non-academic discipline policy can be directed to the Office of Student Experience.
All members of the Mount Community are responsible for reading and understanding the Harassment and Discrimination Policy. The Policy offers specifics on the procedures and processes regarding addressing, reporting, and monitoring concerns related to EDI.
Any individual who believes they have experienced or who is aware of an incident of harassment or discrimination is encouraged to communicate their concerns:
- Faculty or staff are encouraged to discuss their concerns with the Harassment and Discrimination Advisor, their Supervisor, their Department Head, Director or Dean, or a representative of Human Resources. Unionized employees may also seek support from their Union.
- Students are encouraged to discuss their concerns with the Harassment and Discrimination Advisor, their Dean, a representative of the Office of Student Experience (including Counselling Services), or the Manager of Campus Security.
Parties are entitled to have a support person of their choice attend any meetings regarding a complaint.
Learn more about the CRCP’s equity target data here.
We are currently in the process of developing an EDI Action Plan at Mount Saint Vincent University. This will include a strategy for governance, reporting, accountability, and monitoring concerns.
Policies that govern the staffing of Canada Research Chair positions at MSVU
- Interim Strategic Research Plan 2019-2021
- Collective Agreement between Mount Saint Vincent University Board of Governors and Mount Saint Vincent University (2018-2021)
- View MSVU’s CRCP Utilization Spreadsheet here.
- Requirements for recruiting and nominating Canada Research Chairs.
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