- For information on EDI in the context of the College of Medicine as a workplace and place of study, please connect with the EDI unit (current page).
- For information on health equity, community engagement, curriculum and anti-racism/anti-oppression, please connect with the DSA.
- It is important to acknowledge that Indigenous peoples in Canada are recognized as a distinct group by the Canadian constitution, and that great diversity exists among Indigenous peoples. While the EDI and DSA units work to be inclusive of Indigenous priorities and needs, specific resources and initiatives regarding Indigenous health and Indigenization are the responsibility of the Indigenous Health Committee.
EDI Events Calendar
Message from the Dean
The USask College of Medicine is committed to being a leader among Canadian medical schools in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).
On this page, you will find information about CoM EDI initiatives, as well as resources to help each of us make the college the most inclusive place of work and study it can be. I encourage you to take time to learn more on this page, and return for updates and new information. Do not hesitate to reach out with your thoughts or to get involved in this important work. You will find contact details at the bottom of this page.
If we truly want to be the college of our values and principles, and we truly want to achieve our vision and mission, we must make changes to ensure there is real equity of opportunity, diversity across our full team, and respect for one another. I ask every member of our college community to join in this work and commit to advancing EDI.
Dean Preston Smith
College of Medicine
Structures & Systems
Diversity and Inclusion Working Group
The College of Medicine has developed guidelines for diversity and inclusion. An overview of these guidelines is provided below.
Guidelines review - The college's diversity and inclusion guidelines shall be reviewed annually after adoption. Reviews will be informed by metrics collected up to that point. Reviews may also be informed by extant literature or changes in policy at the university level.
Goals and measurement - The designated groups for staff, faculty and senior academic leadership are Indigenous people, women, visible minorities and persons with a disability. All faculty, academic senior leadership, and staff have the opportunity to self-declare in a confidential process that is guided by the university policies and procedures around data collection.
Recruitment and outreach - Through a number of procedures, the college endeavours to recruit diverse candidates. These include language in employee job postings, advertising job postings via designated groups, transparency, diversity among the members of our search, tenure, hiring, merit and promotion committees, through partnerships, and with our commitment to host one diversity stakeholder meeting every year and publish a progress report on diversity annually.
Retention and advancement - Among steps the college will take in this area, we will introduce a mentorship program for faculty and staff to build on inclusion, refine onboarding processes appropriately, and incorporate diversity and inclusion in communications and training initiatives.
Diverse Committee Representation - We will regularly review committee and working group membership with a focus on ensuring diverse representation.
Education and Training - Regular and ongoing professional development opportunities will be offered to promote diversity and inclusion, and these opportunities will be promoted to our faculty and staff, and will provide training in recruitment and retention of diverse employees.
Coming Spring 2021
The purpose of the survey is to establish a baseline of where the College of Medicine is regarding:
- the representation of marginalized members
- the perception of the inclusivity of college culture
- the demographic data needed for accreditation
The survey will be anonymous, with strict methods in place to ensure no individuals can be identified, including setting a reporting requirement of a minimum of five respondents for each potentially identifying category (e.g., racialized people).
We understand the fear around sharing pieces of our identities and experiences and will ensure this can be done in a safe manner. Please let Dr. Erin Prosser-Loose know if you have any questions or concerns.
Education & Training
- Building an Awareness of Cultural Humility
- Sexual Violence Prevention and Bystander Intervention
- Implicit Association Test
- Unconscious Bias in Peer Review
- College of Medicine, Unconscious Bias Training — Contact Sean Polreis
- College of Medicine, Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression Training — Contact Manuela Valle-Castro
- Positive Space training
Balance & Belonging Speaker Series
The College will host three speakers per academic year who will present on a range of EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) related topics.
Attendees can apply for a Certificate of Attendance, which may be helpful in various applications (i.e. grant applications, promotions material, merit applications, etc) as evidence of EDI activities.
Deadline for Certificate of Attendance applications is Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.
- Inclusion and, of, and in Research
Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, Head of Research and Accessibility Officer, Canadian National Institutes for the Blind (CNIB)
- The Gender of Success and Failure
Jeff Perera, Founder of Higher Unlearning
- Getting it Right: LGBTQ2S Inclusion in Research
Amanda Guthrie, Education and Operations Manager at OUTSaskatoon
Collecting Transgender-Inclusive Data
Inclusion within Medical Research Workplaces (Slides)
- The Psychology of Reconciliation
Dr. Stryker Calvez, Manager, Indigenous Education Initiatives, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning, USask
Psychology of Reconciliation (Slides)
- Uncomfortable Truths and Inclusive Excellence in STEM: Building the Toolkit for Change
Dr. Imogen Coe, Professor, Chemistry & Biology, Ryerson University
People & PlacesSeveral members and units across the college are engaged in equity work, including:
- Senior EDI Specialist, Erin Prosser-Loose
- Division of Social Accountability
- Indigenous Health Committee
- SMSS EDI Representative, Amira Muftah & Committee
- Black Medical Students Association
Connect with the University of Saskatchewan Equity, Diversity and Inclusion resources for more information.