Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Cecilia Flores, PhD

Co-chair: Diane Boivin, PhD


  • Srividya Iyer, PhD (Mental Health & Society Division)
  • Rachel Rabin, PhD (Clinical Division)
  • Katie Lavigne, PhD (Clinical Division)
  • Mahsa Dadar, PhD (Human Neuroscience Division)
  • Barbara Barth (Trainee member)
  • Euclides José de Mendonça Filho, PhD (Trainee member)
  • Kristin Davis MSc (Staff member)

Support a vision of an equitable, diverse and inclusive Douglas Research Centre

  • The Equity Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Committee serves as a consultative body to the Douglas Research Centre (DRC)’s Leadership as it works to identify, remove, and prevent barriers that hinder full and meaningful participation for all faculty and trainees in all aspects of campus life.
  • The EDI Committee will work in collaboration with the DRC Research Community and provide feedback to the DRC Leadership to support equitable and inclusive access to research resources and scientific and career opportunities.
  • All faculty and trainees share the responsibility of supporting these values and goals.

For more information about our committee please see our detailed Terms of Reference.


Equity: The removal of systemic barriers and biases enabling all individuals to have equal opportunity to access and benefit from the program.
To achieve this, all individuals who participate in the research ecosystem must develop a strong understanding of the systemic barriers faced by individuals from underrepresented groups (e.g., women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, racialized minorities, individuals from the LGBTQ2+ community) and put in place impactful measures to address these barriers.

Diversity: Differences in race, colour, place of origin, religion, immigrant and newcomer status, ethnic origin, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and age.
A diversity of perspectives and lived experiences is fundamental to achieving research and training excellence.

Inclusion: The practice of ensuring that all individuals are valued and respected for their contributions and equally supported.
Ensuring that all team members are integrated and supported is fundamental to achieving research and training excellence; providing spaces, information and actions necessary to ensure activities and opportunities are accessible to those with disabilities. (From: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/nfrf-fnfr/edi-eng.aspx#1c)


We are pleased to invite you to the launch of the CGEn Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA) Education Series. This series will strengthen our understanding of IDEA in both the workplace and field of genomics through conversations, discussions, research and stories. The first session of this series (event details below), will focus on our identities and how our lived experiences influence our relationships with power, privilege and bias. As we progress through the series, other education topics may include IDEA in grant writing, sex & gender in science, and Anti-racism & allyship.

Session Title: CGEn IDEA Education Session: Power, Privilege & Bias

Date: November 7th, 2023

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT

Location: Zoom (virtual)

Registration: Registration Link  (follow the link and click “join the guest list”)

Please join us on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 13:15-18:00 for the EDI day organized by Institut TransMedTech de Montréal at the at École polytechnique de Montréal.

This event will feature an opening lecture by our keynote speaker, Canadian engineer, businessman, and politician Frank Baylis, research presentations, panel discussions on EDI issues and challenges, and the sharing of innovative practices.

The day’s events are designed to showcase a diversity of talent in the fields of science, health, engineering and entrepreneurship, and to :

  • Offer solutions for Quebec organizations in terms of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Forge and strengthen ties with members of the EDI community
  • Share resources, experiences and diverse knowledge
  • Develop knowledge that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in the research, health and engineering communities.

Location: École polytechnique de Montréal (Galerie Rolland, 6th floor, Main Pavilion)

If you are a member of the Research Community at the Douglas Research Centre and wish to discuss an EDI related item, please contact the EDI Officer representing your Division (for faculty) or representing trainees (for graduate and postdoctoral researchers).

If there is an urgent EDI matter you wish to discuss, please contact the EDI Chair or Co-Chair and/or refer to the University Resources below:

McGill University

  • Equity at McGill website provides a variety of resources for McGill members from the office of the Associate Provost of Equity and Academic Policies that include (but are limited to): Student Wellness Hub, Reporting on Harassment, Discrimination and Sex Violence, Social Accountability and Community Engagement. In addition, this webpage provides contact information for whom you should connect with at McGill if you have equity and harassment complaints.
  • Office of the Dean of Students website provides information about McGill’s Anti-Racism policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Code of Conduct for Students, and Academic Integrity
  • The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Faculty Code of Conduct webpage contains the Faculty Code of Conduct.

L’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

  • The Student Life Services website at UQAM provide resources for on learning and psychological support for trainees and relevant contact information.
  • The Human Resources website provides resources about Institutional policies about health and safety, including information on anti-racism and anti-harassment policies.

L’Université de Montréal

  • Information about the University’s EDI Faculty Committees can be found here.
  • FAÉCUM represents student associations and its website provides resources related to EDI to the student body at the University.

Concordia University