The EDI committee has been working on several initiatives. You can find information about some of our events and ongoing work below. For a full account of the tasks we have been completing/planning to complete, please see the timeline on the Overview page (under “Plans and Actions”).

The EDI Committee has supported the creation of a name pronunciation guide for all members of the department. To see/hear members’ preferred pronunciation of their name, navigate to their profile under the ‘People’ tab of the department’s website. There, you will find both the phonetic spelling and audio recording of each member’s name, as they’ve submitted it.

We hope this pronunciation guide will contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment in the department, by helping us all pronounce each other’s names correctly. (If you’d like to contribute your name pronunciation, send a voice memo of your name’s correct pronunciation and a phonetic spelling of it to

How did we do this? If you are interested in implementing a similar initiative, click to see the proposal (PDF, 67 KB) for this project and the instructions (PDF, 83 KB) we provided folks with.

Are you interested in supporting the EDI Committee’s work in the department?

We are always looking for interested undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff to join the EDI support committee (EDI-SC). View this document for more information about the EDI-SC and about how to join.

How did we do this? Click to see the policies (PDF, 19 KB) we developed for the creation of the Support Committee.

Psychology faculty, grad students, and post docs are invited to join our Psychology Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) reading group. We meet remotely but synchronously for one hour in small groups. We circulate information about the upcoming book at least one month prior to each meeting, so that everyone can read the book beforehand and have a meaningful discussion during the meeting. We will change the group’s topic each year, so please email Sari van Anders with topics you’re interested in.

Current topic and book

This academic year 2021-2022, we are focusing on learning more about Indigeneity, settler colonialism, and decolonization. We discussed "Wampum Belts" (PDF, 120 KB) by Tehanetorens. We discussed “Our Voices: Aboriginal Voices on Canada’s Past” (PDF, 193 KB) in our Winter term meeting. If you would like to reflect on the prompts we developed and discussed about these books in the reading group, please click the links.

Past topics, books, and reading group prompts

2020-2021: anti-Black racism, Blackness, whiteness, and white supremacy.
If you would like to read any or all of the books we read, here is a list:

  • “The Skin We’re In”, by Desmond Cole

  • “Me and White Supremacy”, by Layla Saad

  • “They Said This Would Be Fun”, by Eternity Martis

If you would like to reflect on the prompts we developed and discussed about these books in the reading groups, please see the linked documents for “The Skin We’re In” (PDF, 201 KB), Me and White Supremacy” (PDF, 116 KB), and “They Said This Would Be Fun” (PDF, 178 KB).

How did we do this? Click to see the proposal we developed for this initiative.

The EDI Committee hosts “15/15” events: 15 minutes of information/presentation, and 15 minutes of questions.

Previous 15/15 events and associated documents:

Please see the linked documents for handouts and resources circulated for previous 15/15s.

* Please contact Dr. Sari van Anders if you have any questions about this 15/15 event

The EDI Committee created a Teams channel dedicated to sharing EDI-related information and resources within the department. All graduate students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate. To gain access to the channel, please email the EDI Committee (

How did we do this? Click to see our proposal for this initiative (including community guidelines we've shared with users).

The EDI Committee created an Instagram account dedicated to sharing EDI-related information about initiatives within the department and the university. Although it is primarily geared towards undergraduate students, all are invited to follow us at @qupsychedi on Instagram.

How did we do this? Click to see our proposal for this initiative.