The Special Advisor’s focus is on achieving several objectives in key areas relevant to the portfolio.
- Review existing uOttawa recommendations and reports related to equity, diversity, racialization, and inclusion (and other related external policies that affect uOttawa in these regards). Specifically, analyze the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) report and the “Report to the President of the University of Ottawa, Diversity and Inclusion: Challenge and Promise” and propose the elements of an action plan for the next two years and beyond;
- Use “gender-based analysis plus” methodologies to identify barriers to implementation of proposed recommendations, identify steps needed to remove those barriers including the financial and human resources constraints; and
- Propose best practices on diversity and inclusion issues. Recommend and advocate for policies and practices promoting gender, diversity, and disability equity for racialized faculty and staff including, but not limited to research support, nominations for awards, advancement opportunities, conditions of employment, and hiring practices.
- Ensure that uOttawa properly collects and disseminates the necessary data for benchmarking and comparative analysis of (a) the current level of recruitment, retention, compensation, and the advancement of male, female, racialized faculty and staff and under-represented groups, and (b) changes in these levels over time.
Advancement and Leadership
- Review, advocate for, and recommend opportunities for education, professional skill-building, mentoring, and cross-faculty and cross-disciplinary interactions for underrepresented faculty and staff with respect to leadership and career development;
- Provide thought leadership and serve as a resource to uOttawa senior administrative and academic leadership on matters of significance to underrepresented, discouraged, or marginalized persons on any grounds enumerated under this mandate;
- Advise the president and the Administration Committee on every dossier being brought forward in order to provide counsel on systemic discrimination;
- When necessary, participate to national or international conferences on diversity and inclusion issues;
- Keep informed about the developments on Indigenous issues without intervening directly except where there is joint agreement to do so;
- Liaise with the community on diversity and inclusion issues;
- Liaise with the Human Rights Office when needed;
- Report to the President, his team and the Administration Committee on a regular basis;
- Submit to the President, in a timely manner, a list of actions to be implemented that identifies priorities, timelines, and measures to evaluate the success of implementation;
- Contribute to the preparation of the next strategic plan concerning diversity and inclusion issues.
- Chair the standing committee on diversity and inclusion; and
- Generally, advise the President on any issue bearing on diversity and inclusion issues at the uOttawa campus.