Waterloo's CRC Equity Action Plan (public report)

Waterloo's CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan

Governance of Waterloo’s CRC Equity Action Plan

As part of Waterloo’s 2017 CRC Equity Action Plan, the University formed a Steering Committee and a number of sub-committees to examine how the CRC program was managed, and to put forward recommendations to improve equity, diversity, and inclusivity for Chairholders, including those from the FDG. The roles and responsibilities of the parties involved are described below.

Group Responsibilities
  • seek input from relevant stakeholders to develop recommendations for specific areas of the Action Plan
  • submit recommendations to the Steering Committee
Steering Committee
  • discuss/review/revise recommendations
  • submit recommendations to the Vice-President, Research and International (VPRI)
  • recommendations to be provided under oversight of VPRI to Deans
  • discuss/review/revise recommendations
Vice-President, Research & International, & Vice-President, Academic & Provost
  • discuss/review/revise/finalize the recommendations and submit to the President
  • give final approval of recommendations
Supporting departments:
  • Office of Research
  • Human Resources
  • Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion Office (which includes the Equity Office, Conflict Management and Human Rights Office, and the Sexual Violence Response Co-ordinator)
  • other relevant offices
  • prepare the final Equity action plan
  • develop Waterloo’s public accountability website
  • implement the final recommendations
  • monitor progress toward meeting equity goals
  • create a yearly progress report on our efforts to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment for all Chairholders, including those from the FDG, and the entire university community

The final CRC Equity Action Plan report was posted in December 2017, and a progress report on the objectives is delivered annually. 

Date modified: August 2023

Implementing Waterloo's CRC Equity Action Plan

The Equity Action Plan is coordinated and implemented by the Inclusive Research Team in the Office of the Vice-President, Research and International in consultation with offices such as the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (EDI-R), Institutional Analysis & Planning, and Human Resources.

Please contact the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (EDI-R) for questions and concerns related to the following:

  • education, training, and equity toolkits,
  • advice and consultation about identifying and addressing equity topics, and promoting equity on a case-by-case basis, and/or
  • equity surveys and other equity tools that track progress against equity targets.

EDI-R will work with Human Resources to manage confidential equity data and university-wide surveys. Other targeted events will be developed and delivered by the Inclusive Research Team.

Please contact the Office of Research for general questions related to the management of the CRC Program.

Date modified: August 2023

How equity concerns are managed at Waterloo

Executing a concern:

Role Concern Contact
Department Chair/School Director/Manager/individual Want to address an equity concern proactively Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism
Individual Want to proceed with an equity concern

Speak with the supervisor in question:

  • Faculty - Department Chair/School Director
  • Staff – Manager
  • Students – Associate Dean Undergraduate /Graduate

Addressing a concern:

Role Contact
Department Chairs/School Directors/Managers

Consult with the appropriate unit:

Consult with your Dean for advice on addressing equity concerns.

High level accountability for the support units:


Leadership and Contact

Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism

Christopher Taylor, Associate Vice-President of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism

Office of Indigenous Relations

Jean Becker, Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Relations

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office

Chris Read, Associate Vice-Provost, Students

Office of the Vice-President, Research & International

Leslie Cove, Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Research, International & Commercialization (oversight of research-specific equity concerns and CRC Equity Action Plan)

The Associate Vice-President of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism will be made aware of any larger, systemic equity issues that emerge, and determine how they will be addressed moving forward.

Date modified: August 2023