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NSCAD celebrates the signing of the Dimensions charter, demonstrating its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Dianne Taylor-Gearing sitting in her office signing the Dimensions Charter
Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing, NSCAD President, signs the Dimensions charter

NSCAD has signed the Dimensions charter recognizing the need for greater equity, diversity and inclusion (“EDI”) in post-secondary research.

“The signing of the Dimensions charter affirms NSCAD’s commitment to fostering a research and learning community where everyone feels valued,” says Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing, NSCAD President. “As proud signatories, we acknowledge our role in creating cultural change and that having EDI-informed policies enhances the integrity of our institution and practices.”

The program addresses obstacles faced by, but not limited to, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities. By endorsing the charter, NSCAD has pledged to adopting eight principles throughout our practices and culture. The eight principles can be found here. NSCAD understands that – when EDI is a priority – an institution will benefit from improved access to qualified potential participants, enhanced integrity of a program’s application and selection processes, strengthened research outputs and increased overall excellence in research.

The Dimensions charter was created by The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – three federal granting agencies that support research, research training and innovation in Canadian post-secondary institutions.

For more on the Dimensions charter, visit the following website: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/EDI-EDI/Dimensions_Dimensions_eng.asp