Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Chair: Natasha Rajah, PhD

Co-chair: Jamie Near, PhD (outgoing)
Co-chair: Ridha Joober, MD, PhD (incoming)



  • Educate our research community about best practices in equity*diversity*, and inclusion* (EDI)
  • Ensure best practices in EDI are observed in all social and work-place interactions, and in our engagement with all communities and stakeholders.
  • Identify, remove, and prevent barriers that hinder full and meaningful participation for all faculty, staff and trainees in all aspects of campus life.
  • Support equitable and inclusive access to research resources, and scientific and career opportunities for all members of the Douglas community. 
  • Ensure diversity, inclusivity and representation of under-represented groups in committee composition, leadership roles and various research activities

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)



The Douglas Research Centre is proud to be one of the early signatories of the ALBA Declaration on Equity and Inclusion. The Alba Network was founded by a group of leading scientists to promote equity and diversity in the brain sciences. 

Call for trainee volunteer members


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