Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UNB

The Government of Canada and the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) are committed to excellence in research and research training for the benefit of Canadians. Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is also essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and for responding to global challenges.

For further information, see the CRCP's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices page.

Our commitment

UNB is committed to providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute and where all members of its community are respectful and respected as individuals. We are committed to fostering an inclusive culture and to advancing diversity in all of its forms to leverage the educational and institutional benefits.

The value of diversity is perhaps most profoundly felt in the research context. It is in our diversity of thinking and experience, and with our diverse preoccupations and approaches, that we ignite both creativity and innovation.

Raising awareness

Flowing in parallel to the timely CRCP directives, UNB has established a Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Human Rights. The committee provides a bi-campus forum for sharing information, generating discussion and fostering collaboration on matters related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at UNB and beyond. The committee’s terms of reference ensure broad representation from members of equity-seeking groups and across all campus constituencies.

The committee’s mandate includes fostering collaboration amongst equity stakeholders, developing and delivering relevant equity educational and service programming, strategic planning and goal setting. The committee is also mandated to establish project working groups to address equity directives such as those implemented by the CRCP. Current, on-going and proposed activities include:

  • Further developing the equity curriculum available to all UNB hiring committees (academic and non-academic);
  • Engaging senior management groups, including Dean’s Council and non-academic directors, in the equity planning and goal setting exercises while continuing to educate and inspire on matters of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Addressing concerns

The University of New Brunswick has two primary offices wherein concerns about EDI are monitored and can be addressed.  Both can be visited in person or contacted by mail, phone or email:

The heads of these units, the Associate VP HR&OD and the Human Rights Officer, have direct reporting relationships to members of the Senior Executive (Vice-President Administration & Finance; President, respectively) and regularly scheduled meetings (bi-weekly in the case of HR&OD; monthly in the case of HRPEO) at which concerns are reported. In addition, the HRPEO produces an annual report that is submitted to the President.

If you have any questions or concerns related to equity and diversity at UNB, please contact one or both at equity@unb.ca or humanrights@unb.ca.

Concerns related to EDI can also be brought forward through the faculty union, the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers (AUNBT).

Equity targets at UNB

To see our equity targets and gaps (as determined by the CRCP’s methodology) for each of the Four Designated Groups (FDGs: women, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal Peoples and members of visible minorities), see the CRCP’s Program Statistics.

Institutional EDI action plan

UNB’s Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Human Rights formed an EDI project working group to specifically address the CRCP’s requirements for both public accountability & transparency and UNB’s EDI action plan. Once completed by the working group, the plan was presented to the President’s Executive Team for final approval (pending December 15th, 2017 meeting).

See UNB's EDI action plan (to come by December 15th, 2017)

Managing CRC positions at UNB

At UNB, Canada Research Chair positions help to create hubs around strategic areas of research excellence. We strive to ensure that these programs include a diversity of perspectives in order to enrich the cultural, social and academic communities that we represent and serve, and we will continue to investigate ways to empower members of marginalized groups to make their voices heard within the CRC Program and beyond.

UNB has established many policies and other documents to help govern staffing at our institution, including Canada Research Chair positions: 

From time to time, the CRC Program produces a utilization spreadsheet for each institution that outlines how many chair allocations UNB has, how many are filled and by which chairholders, term start and end dates, which allocations are available, and the type of flex moves used.

It is important to note that this document provides a ‘snapshot’ of UNB’s CRC situation at a particular time, which can change as we move through various CRCP exercises and chair nomination or renewal processes.

CRC vacancies at UNB

Fall 2017: