Initiatives & Training Resources

Balance & Belonging Speaker Series

The OVDR will host 3 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.

How to apply for Certificate of Attendance:

  • USask members, including faculty, staff, and students, both inside and outside of the College of Medicine, are all eligible to apply
  • Attend all 3 presentations, or watch livestreams or recordings
  • Fill out this application form, including a self-reflection, on how learnings will be incorporated into your work environment B&B Certificate Application Form
    • A summary of your self-reflection will be displayed on your certificate, and is considered a commitment to do your best to implement your learnings
  • Email form to
  • Deadline for applications for the 2019-2020 Season will be Monday October 26, 2020.

2019-2020 Schedule:

Speaker #1:  Amanda Guthrie, Education and Operations Manager at OUTSaskatoon
        “Getting it Right: LGBTQ2S Inclusion in Research"
        Friday, November 15, 2019, 1:30-2:30pm, GB06 Health Sciences
        Livestream and Recording: d0e5-4c23-bb76-aad20149776d
        Link for: Collecting Transgender-Inclusive Data
        Presentation Slides: Inclusion within Medical Research Workplaces 

Speaker #2:  Dr. Stryker Calvez, Manager, Indigenous Education Initiatives, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning, USask
        “The Psychology of Reconciliation"
        Friday, February 7, 2020, 1:30-2:30pm, GB06 Health Sciences
        Livestream and Recording:
        Presentation Slides: Psychology of Reconciliation

Speaker #3:  Dr. Imogen Coe, Professor, Chemistry & Biology, Ryerson University
        “Uncomfortable Truths and Inclusive Excellence in STEM: Building the Toolkit for Change"
        Friday, March 6, 2020, 1:30-2:30pm, GB06 Health Sciences
        Livestream and Recording:
        View poster here: Imogen Coe

**Please view and share all speaker posters among your networks, including the summary poster here: B&B Speakers

Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

The College working group has developed Diversity and Inclusion Guidelines outlining goals and procedure to proactively increase the diversity of our faculty, senior leadership, and staff.

Story Collecting and Advocating

If you have a story regarding barriers you have experienced in our research environment, or solutions to barriers, that you’d be willing to share please contact Erin Prosser-Loose. Stories will be used to inform development of resources, training opportunities, and reports on common barriers and potential solutions. Stories and discussions will be used to advocate for change where appropriate, but will remain confidential.

Internal Funding Bias Initiative

An initiative to mitigate any potential biases in the OVDR internal funding opportunities is underway. Guidelines, application forms, FAQ’s, and instructions to reviewers, are being reviewed and flagged for bias potential. For example, clearly indicating that delays due to parental leave will be taken into account, and the opportunity to communicate the strengths of your research team in your own words, rather than based on publication record alone. If you have suggestions on how to improve the inclusivity of our internal funding opportunities, please contact Erin Prosser-Loose.

Mental Health First Aid Network

Mental health is a major concern in academic settings and affects all who work here; students, faculty, and staff. While more needs to be done to prevent problems in the first place, it is also important to be prepared in case of crisis. For this reason a number of people in the College have undertaken Mental Health First Aid training. These individuals can respond if you feel you are developing a mental health problem or are in a mental health crisis, until professional treatment is received and/or crisis is resolved. Please contact any of the following for help:

Mental Health First Aiders in CoM:

The network is always looking for more members, to cover as much as the College as possible. Please contact Erin Prosser-Loose if you are interested in joining.

For further mental health resources, see Wellness Resources

General Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Racialized Persons Gender LGBTQ2S+

Contact Us.

If you would like to suggest a resource that is not currently available, please contact  Dr. Erin Prosser-Loose or  Dr. Bruna Bonavia-Fisher

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