Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

At NSCAD University, we believe that an inclusive campus is an environment where every member is a valued contributor. It is an environment that encourages diverse perspectives in order for creativity and innovation to flourish. Fostering a culture of inclusion is a process that begins with acknowledging the diversity among us and that many members of our community experience barriers to education, employment, and full participation due to systemic factors. At NSCAD, we are committed to supporting a culture of inclusion that continually designs, reviews and rebuilds structures (policies, programs and practices) that are inclusive, equitable, and accessible to all.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are fundamental values that—when incorporated throughout the institution’s ethos, culture, initiatives and processes—foster a research, learning and working community where everyone feels valued and respected. When EDI is prioritized, it can lead to far-reaching changes that, in many instances, have been long overdue. NSCAD’s EDI Targeted Action Plan (TAP) will be used as a guide to ensure EDI is prioritized throughout all of NSCAD University and the work that we do.

Click here to access NSCAD’s EDI Targeted Action Plan.


NSCAD will demonstrate its commitment to social justice and the removal of barriers to participation throughout our programs, services, and employment environment by executing specific actions to success, such as a community-wide census. An annual census will allow us to ensure that we have a baseline for understanding who is at NSCAD and for measuring the effectiveness of our Targeted Action Plan deliverables.

For more information on the census, including a summary report of the data and an FAQ, click here.

President’s Advisory Council on Anti-Racist Initiatives

In June 2020, NSCAD committed to establishing a multi-stakeholder task force that would advise the president on the development of an anti-racist action plan for the university. The task force, known as the President’s Advisory Council on Anti-Racist Initiatives (PADCARI), is now established and includes representation from students, NSCAD Senate, NSCAD Board of Governors, faculty, staff, alumni and the broader community.

Canada Research Chair

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) is committed to achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise.  NSCAD University, as a participating institution, must make concerted efforts to meet the CRCP’s EDI targets, and provide a supportive and inclusive workplace.

NSCAD has two Canada Research Chairs – Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement and Dr. Leah Decter, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Creative Technologies and Community Engagement.

For resources, important links and more information on NSCAD’s Canada Research Chairs, click here.

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