UBC’s Dimensions Action Plan for EDI in Research comprises 24 objectives and 43 actions to improve equity, diversity and inclusion in UBC’s research ecosystem.
The plan was developed as part of UBC’s participation in the federal Dimensions: equity diversity and inclusion Canada pilot program from 2020-2023 and is integrated into the Strategic Equity and Anti-Racism (StEAR) Framework. Development of the plan was undertaken as a partnership between the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and the Equity and Inclusion Office.
This action plan builds upon and complements ongoing initiatives to address and enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism at the university, including the Inclusion Action Plan, the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force Report and recommendations, UBC’s Employment Equity Plan, and UBC’s Canada Research Chairs EDI Action Plan.
The plan’s objectives and actions are organized by five themes specific to research activities, programs and supports at the university, namely:
- Research services
- Funding and award opportunities
- Research culture
- Hiring, promotion and retention of faculty and research staff
- Recruitment, admissions, and funding for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduates involved in research
The scope of this action plan focuses on aspects of the research ecosystem that are directly within the responsibility or purview of institutional leadership portfolios. These offices, in collaboration with identified institutional units, are responsible for implementing the planned actions.