EDI in Research Practice: A Workshop to Develop Your EDI Action Plan


Tuesday May 2, 2023
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Learn how to develop an action plan to embed equity, diversity, and inclusion in your research program and practices through this hands-on, in-person, full-day workshop for faculty members. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at the Donald Gordon Hotel and Conference Centre and facilitated by Aleksandra Bergier (Research Advisor, EDII, VPR Portfolio) and Leela Viswanathan (Viswali Consulting). A continental breakfast, buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.

At this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn:

  • a logical approach to designing an action plan that addresses EDI in their research practice.
  • ways to communicate all elements of the plan clearly and succinctly, by drawing from SMART principles (i.e., specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound),  and results-based management approaches.

While the facilitators will briefly address the importance of EDI in research design (also known as SGBA+), the primary focus of the workshop is EDI in research practice (e.g., team composition and recruitment, training and development opportunities and inclusion, etc.).

The morning portion of this event will be dedicated to identifying barriers to EDI in the participants’ research fields and disciplines, and to exploring the steps needed to design an outcomes-driven plan as a measurable and impactful approach to EDI. In the afternoon, participants will have an opportunity to practice developing their own EDI action plans with the support of peers, Research Project Advisors, and the facilitators.

Researchers who are at different stages of their EDI journeys will benefit from learning about how to translate their intentions for EDI into activities that lead to measurable outcomes and that keep researchers accountable.  Participants will be encouraged to draw from their action plans as a point of reference when they develop funding applications and conduct strategic planning.

Interest in this session has exceeded our current capacity limit.


Please let us know at least a week in advance of the workshop if you need to cancel your registration so that we can offer your spot to someone else.

Presenters’ bios:

Aleksandra Bergier 

As a Research Advisor, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization (EDII) at Queen's University Aleks serves as a primary contact and strategic resource for researchers to integrate EDII into research design and practice. She provides expert advice and education to address EDII requirements in provincial, national and international funding competitions. As an advisor, researcher, writer and communicator she is deeply committed to generating ripple effect around self-voiced stories that (re)define meaningful futurities for equity-deserving groups and culturally-diverse communities.

Dr. Leela Viswanathan

As the principal and founder of Viswali Consulting , Dr. Leela Viswanathan is working with the Queen’s University Vice-Principal Research Portfolio as a consultant, offering expertise in embedding equity, diversity, and inclusion in research design and practice. A lifelong learner, Dr. Viswanathan is an accomplished and innovative educator, mentor, and researcher. Viswali Consulting collaborates to build human-centred plans, policies, and relationships with diverse communities, to facilitate individual and systems change, and achieve lasting results.

For further information please contact Aleksandra Bergier