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Research Institute Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Collaboration and diversity are two essential components driving research excellence at SickKids today. We believe that an equitable and inclusive culture empowers our scientists and staff to freely explore and express their ideas without fear, which has consistently led to new ideas and innovations.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at SickKids outlines our initiatives and interventions towards creating a diverse research environment. The RI EDI office ensures everyone feels valued and recognized through: 

  • Promoting diversity awareness and knowledge 
  • Strengthening employee engagement 
  • Identifying and executing activities that support equity, diversity and inclusion 
  • Reducing systemic biases and barriers preventing inclusive workplaces 
  • Enabling the recruitment and retention of a highly skilled and diverse workforce 
  • Aligning the EDI Action Plan with Canada Research Chair Program (CRCP) targets 
  • Developing data-driven policy 

For the SickKids RI's EDI strategy, including 2020 objectives and initiatives, download the full report.

Download the RI EDI strategy (PDF)


Dialogues in Diversity Digital Series

2021 Series: Centering EDI in Medical Research

Developed by the SickKids RI EDI Office and the University of Toronto, the Dialogues in Diversity: Centering EDI in Medical Research digital series promotes the integration of EDI-related considerations in research design and practices to achieve a more equitable, diverse and inclusive health-care system.  

Led by academics, clinician-scientists, EDI practitioners and social justice advocates, the series examines various aspects of current and emerging priorities in health care focused on pediatric health. The series explores how the application of inclusive best practice, and a focus on the social determinants of health, not only highlights issues of disparity but is essential to develop frameworks to increase access, remove barriers and improve health outcomes. This series starts on March 18, 2021 and will run for 10 sessions over four months.

Upcoming 2021 events

  • April 15: Weighing the long-term consequences and health outcomes
  • April 29: Not reinventing the Medicine Wheel: Centering Indigenous approaches to health care and well-being in Canada
  • May 13: Life on the Spectrum: Disparities in ASD Diagnosis and Delivery of Care in children and adolescents
  • May 27: STEMming the Pipeline. Enhancing Diversity in the Health Sciences
  • June 10: Social Determinants of Health, Health Disparities and health outcomes for Canadian Immigrants and their Children
  • June 24: Accessibility and Accommodation
  • July 8: Mental Health
  • July 22: Adolescent Sexuality 

Register for Dialogues in Diversity series


2020 Series: Explorations of the EDI Implications of COVID-19

In 2020, the first Dialogues in Diversity: Explorations of the EDI Implications of COVID-19 webinar series featured conversations among leading academics, EDI practitioners, and social justice advocates on the realities of COVID-19 and the new challenges we face today and in the future. The series focused on five broad thematic areas in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, including mental health and wellness; women, gender and sexual diversity; health inequity, discrimination, xenophobia and allyship; work and accommodation; and human rights.

Watch recordings of our past Dialogues in Diversity seminars below. 

Setting the Context: The EDI Implications of COVID-19

Thinking Differently about COVID-19: Neurodiversity, Mental Health and Wellness

Holding Up Half the Sky: Women, Girls and Gender Considerations of a COVID-19 Response

Are We All in this Together?: Health Inequity, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Allyship during COVID-19, Part 1

Are We All in this Together?: Health Inequity, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Allyship during COVID-19, Part 2

Working 9 to 5: Remote Work, Accommodations and Workplace Culture during COVID-19

Contact EDI

Contact EDI

For questions or more information about our EDI Action Plan, get in touch with us today.

Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs showcase the calibre and diversity of scientists and clinicians working at the SickKids Research Institute.

Scientific and Academic Chairs

Scientific and Academic Chairs

SickKids is home to 48 scientific and academic chairs. See who holds current chairs in Canada.

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