Creating a stimulating and vibrant work environment with diversity of thought and experience is necessary for Waterloo to reach its full potential as an institution in an ever-changing world. To enhance access and opportunities for all qualified candidates during the nomination process and throughout the term of a CRC, a Steering Committee and five sub-committees have been formed (see Governance) to develop Waterloo’s CRC Equity Action Plan.
The Steering Committee will accomplish the following:
- review every aspect of Waterloo’s internal CRC process diligently, making recommendations to remove obstacles for individuals within the FDG (Recommendations will apply throughout the full life cycle of a Chair. The official plan will be released in December 2017),
- Create SMART (Specific, Measurable, Aligned with the wanted outcome, Realistic, and Timely) objectives so that yearly progress on equity efforts can be tracked within the CRC Program,
- engage members of the University community, in future years, to evaluate efforts and use feedback to make the CRC Program and Waterloo as inclusive as possible, and
- report progress on meeting equity targets annually.
The success of diversity efforts hinge on creating a sense of ownership throughout the University. Senior leaders are fully engaged in meeting institutional equity targets and will continue to drive efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive environment, with a goal of broadening efforts within the CRC program to other areas on campus.
The University of Waterloo is deeply committed to developing and implementing a realistic yet ambitious equity strategy that will drive change within the CRC program, and also serve to improve the entire campus community. The commitment and readiness to develop a comprehensive equity strategy is fully championed by the most senior leaders at Waterloo and well supported at grassroots levels. The equity strategy is a timely endeavor that reflects Waterloo’s core values and serves to advance Canada’s research competitiveness. – Diana Parry, Associate Vice-President Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion
Date modified: October 2017