Fostering a culture of inclusion is a shared responsibility and strong leadership and governance are essential to achieve meaningful outcomes. The newly formed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Research Advisory Committee is vital to the work of the Food from Thought (FfT) research program. It aims to empower faculty to apply an EDI lens across the research enterprise, build equitable and inclusive research teams, and formally establish pathways to advancement for researchers. The committee also advises the vice-president (research) on strategies to address systemic barriers in the research enterprise.
Guided by the Food from Thought EDI Action Plan, the work of the EDI in Research Advisory Committee, and the services provided by the Office of Diversity and Human Rights, FfT researchers work to ensure that they embed principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in their research. They implement EDI measures that inform their data collection, recruitment practices, and ongoing monitoring and course correction of research projects. In doing so, they are producing stronger research that more accurately reflects and serves society.