Queen’s University is committed to advancing the principles of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization (EDII) in all aspects of research including the production of knowledge, equitable access to funding opportunities, and inclusive and diverse research team composition. The University recognizes that EDII policies and practices strengthen the research community, as well as the quality, social relevance, outcomes, and impacts of research. Researchers are expected to follow all applicable institutional policies, procedures and practices supporting EDII and advancing its goals within the University.
Queen’s University has proudly endorsed the Government of Canada's Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada charter. Dimensions Canada is a national program to increase EDI within Canada's post-secondary institutions and the university research ecosystem.
University Research Services has compiled a “toolkit” of useful EDII resources to help our research and innovation community implement EDII policies and practices into their respective research programs, projects and research environments. This page is updated on an ongoing basis, so please check back often for updates.
- Canada Research Chairs (CRC)/Tri-Agencies – Unconscious Bias Training Module
- This interactive module is designed to promote an understanding of unconscious bias and how it can affect the peer review process. It will also provide strategies for mitigating bias during the review process.
- Engendering Success in STEM – Resources
- Engendering Success in STEM (ESS) is a research partnership with the shared goal to foster women’s inclusion and success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We bring together social scientists, STEM experts, and stakeholders in STEM industry and education. Our goal is to use an evidence-based approach to break down the biases girls and women face on their pathway to success.
- CRC – Best Practices Guide for Recruitment, Hiring and Retention
- This guide is provided as a tool for institutions to use as they determine how best to address areas for improvement identified when assessing their work environment, and to develop their equity, diversity and inclusion action plans.
- CRC – Guidelines for Assessing the Productivity of Nominees
- Definitions of what constitute Career Interruptions and Personal Circumstances for the CRC program.
- Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research
- SSHRC has developed these guidelines to ensure that the merit review of Indigenous research upholds SSHRC’s principles for merit review. These guidelines are intended to supplement the SSHRC Manual for Adjudication Committee Members, but might also be used by applicants, external reviewers and the postsecondary institutions and partnering organizations that support Indigenous research.
- AdvanceRIT – Examples of Bias in Letters of Recommendation (PDF 657 KB)
- University of Arizona Commission on the Status of Women – Avoiding Gender Bias in Reference Writing (PDF 370 KB)
EDI Practices for Team Composition and Training
- Natural Sciences & Engineering Council (NSERC) – Guide for Applicants: Considering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Your Application
- NSERC report that includes key definitions and questions to consider when incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion in research.
- New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) – Best Practices in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
- This guide helps support NFRF applicants and reviewers, and the research community, in achieving greater equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in their research.
- (Net ID & password required) - An overview of EDI guidelines, best practices and resources available to researchers at Queen’s. Guide to EDI Resource (PDF 214 KB)
- “Evidence-Based Strategies for Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Undergraduate Research Labs,” Frontiers in Psychology (2019)
- “Ten Simple Rules Toward Healthier Research Labs,” PLoS Computational Biology (2019)
Diversity in Research Design
- Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research - SSHRC guidelines that should be used as a reference for applications related to Indigenous research
- Sex- and Gender-based analysis - CIHR website that provides an overview of key terms, online training, and key resources for researchers
- Appropriate integration of sex & gender in research - CIHR website outlining key considerations for the appropriate integration of sex and gender in research.
- SGBA online training - short training videos on SGBA from CIHR.
- Applying GBA+ to your work - Status of Women Canada webpage that provides examples of how "gender-based analysis plus" (GBA+) can be applied to different workplace issues.
- GBA+ training - Status of Women Canada training course on GBA+
- CIHR – Sex and Gender Champions
- A Sex and Gender Champion is a researcher who possesses or acquires expertise in the study of sex as a biological variable and/or gender as a social determinant of health. This page will describe the best practices for including a Sex and Gender Champion in your projects.
- Status of Women Canada – Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)
- GBA+ is an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men, and gender diverse people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. The “plus” in GBA+ is not just about differences between biological (sexes) and socio-cultural (genders). We all have multiple characteristics that intersect and contribute to who we are. GBA+ considers many other identity factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability and how the interaction between these factors influences the way we might experience government policies and initiatives.
- Women’s College Hospital Women’s Xchange – The Health Researcher’s Toolkit: Why Sex & Gender Matter
- The seven modules included in this toolkit introduce key concepts, definitions, and short video lectures from research experts on integrating sex and gender into a variety of research methodologies – from secondary data analysis to concept mapping. Case studies, knowledge reviews, and short quizzes all help reinforce the described steps and strategies.
- Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment
- Gendered Innovations harness the creative power of sex, gender, and intersectional analysis for innovation and discovery. Considering these approaches may add valuable dimensions to research. They may take research in new directions.
- Setting New Directions to Support Indigenous Research and Research Training in Canada 2019-2022
- This Tri-Council plan, co-developed with Indigenous Peoples, addresses key principles of self-determination, decolonization of research, accountability and equitable access.
- Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide - Defines appropriate use of Tri-Council funds.
- Canada Research Coordinating Committee: Strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion in research
- By considering differing views, ideas and approaches, equitable and inclusive practices help promote research excellence that better addresses the needs of a diverse Canadian population.
Accommodation & Accessibility
- Queen’s Service Animals Guidelines
- SGS – Supervision Guidelines for Faculty: When a Student May Need Accommodations
- Academic Consideration for Students in Extenuating Circumstances
- Council of Ontario Universities – Accessible Event & Conference Planning
Policies & Supports Regarding Leaves
- Tri-Agencies – Maternity, Parental, Medical or Family Medical Leave for Grantees
- Tri-Agencies – Paid Maternity and Parental Leave for Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
- CRC – Leaves Policy
- NSERC – Discovery & Discovery Development Grants – Pilot for primary caregivers who are eligible for but decline taking extended leave
- UBC: Making equity, diversity and inclusion matter in research – a video primer https://research.ubc.ca/support-researchers/conducting-your-research/equity-diversity-and-inclusion
- Queen's University VPR Portfolio hosted a Panel Discussion and Q&A webinar on Wednesday September 2 from 2:00-3:30 ET
- Resources 4 Research @ Queen’s presents: What is in your EDII toolkit? Championing EDII practices in different disciplines.
- View a recording of the EDII toolkit webinar (Note: Queen’s NetID and password are required to view the video)
- Office of Indigenous Initiatives
- Vice-Principal (Research) Portfolio Indigenous Research
- Human Rights and Equity Office
- Inclusive Queen’s Employee Resource Groups
- Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion (PICRDI)
- Tracking our Progress on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (numerical data, and link to the enrolment report)
- Queen’s Natural Scholars Program
- Queen’s CRC Equity Action Plan
- EDI Committee at the Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Health Sciences EDI Office
- University Relations Guiding Philosophy on EDI
- EDII at Smith School of Business
- Diversity Intercultural and International Workshops – Queen’s Human Resources