Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

CANADA RESEARCH CHAIRS PROGRAM

In keeping with the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program requirements, Saint Mary’s University is providing here documents that have been prepared and submitted to CRC Program which outline Saint Mary’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Transparency when it comes to CRC allocations, recruitment, selection and hiring of our Canada Research Chairs.

Following are web-links to important information and practices of the Canada Research Chair Program (CRCP):

A spreadsheet which outlines the current Saint Mary’s University utilization of Canada Research Chairs, showing our CRC allocations and the names of our chairholders in these positions (including their term start end end dates), can be downloaded here:

Saint Mary's_2020-2021-CRC-Status-April2020_Web.xlsx

The most recent Saint Mary’s University’s Action Plan with respect to addressing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Canada Research Chair program – including details around Chair replacement and recruitment processes - can be found here:

SMU-CRC-Action-Plan-June2020.pdf

This EDI Action Plan was last updated on 12 June 2020.  As is indicated in the Introduction of the Plan itself, the Plan should not be viewed as a static document, but rather one which will be frequently under review and discussion, and then updated as areas of improvement are highlighted and identified – earlier iterations of this Action Plan can be found near the bottom of this webpage.

For clear communication of the contents of above full, downloadable, PDF version of the EDI Action Plan, we provide here the Table of Contents for the Plan (June 2020): (future updates of this webpage will have the full content available through links from these Table of Contents headings):

INTRODUCTION

SMU’s EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COMMITMENT STATEMENT

STRATEGY FOR RAISING AWARENESS WITHIN SMU OF ITS COMMITMENT TO,

AND THE BENEFITS OF, EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

RECRUITMENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, AND TRANSPARENCY SAFEGUARDS

MANAGEMENT OF CHAIR ALLOCATION

RENEWAL CRITERIA

ADVANCEMENT CRITERIA

CRITERIA FOR PHASE-OUTS

PROCESS FOR DETERMING LEVEL OF SUPPORT PROVIDED TO CHAIRHOLDERS

ENSURING CAREER LEAVES DO NOT DISADVANTAGE CHAIRS OR APPLICANTS

EMPLOYMENT SYSTEMS REVIEW

COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN

EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION OBJECTIVES, AND MEASUREMENT STRATEGIES

Objective 1:  Strengthen Institutional commitment to EDI

Objective 2:  Meet or exceed the CRC equity targets for women, persons with disabilities,
                      members of visible minorities and Indigenous Peoples.

Objective 3: Ensure sufficient EDI tools and training for all members of
                     CRC and faculty recruitment committees.

Objective 4: Enhance existing data collection tools and reporting
                     mechanisms to ensure robust availability of data

Objective 5: Build on existing initiatives to ensure a supportive and
                     inclusive environment for Chairholders.

EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION TRAINING

PROCESSES AND STRATEGIES FOR COLLECTING AND PROTECTING SELF-ID DATA

STRATEGIES TO ENCOURAGE SELF-IDENTIFICATION

SELF-IDENTIFICATION QUESTIONNAIRE

SUPPORTIVE AND INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE

MONITORING OF A SUPPORTIVE AND INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT
RETENTION

CONCERNS/COMPLAINTS

CONTACT INFORMATION

Appendix A:  SMU Canada Research Chair Self-Identification Questionnaire

Appendix B:  Workforce Analysis: Full-Time Faculty (March 31, 2019)

Appendix C:  Article 10.4 from SMU/SMUFU Collective Agreement

Appendix D:  CRC Environmental Scan – Open-Ended Questions

 



Below, we provide earlier postings to this site which chronicle the development and Progress of the SMU Canada Research Chairs EDI Action Plan and Transparency initiatives:

  • INITIAL POSTING (FALL 2017):

In keeping with the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program requirements surrounding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Public Accountability and Transparency, please find in this PDF file information related to the management of Saint Mary’s University CRC allocations:

SMU - Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Transparency - Statement.

  • EDI ACTION PLAN: Past postings and Progress Reports:

    The development of the Saint Mary’s University’s Action Plan with respect to addressing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Canada Research Plan – and any Progress Reports – can be found here:

(original Action Plan, posted 15 Dec 2017): SMU-CRC-Action-Plan-Dec2017

(updated Action Plan v2, posted 17 Dec 2018): SMU-CRC-Action-Plan-Dec2018

Progress Report (Dec 2017 – Dec 2018): Institutional_EDI_Progress_Report-SMU

(updated Action Plan v3, posted 27 Sept 2019: SMU-CRC-Action-Plan-Sept2019