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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

Dialogues in Diversity: Explorations of the EDI Implications of COVID-19 is a webinar series of conversations among leading academics, EDI practitioners, and social justice advocates discussing the realities of COVID-19 and the new challenges we face today and in the future.

Developed by the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Toronto, the Dialogues in Diversity series provides useful ideas and actionable insights into how unique COVID-19 challenges can be tackled in several ways across various communities.  

Delivered as a multi-part series, and broadcast on the ZOOM platform, Dialogues in Diversity offers multi-disciplinary perspectives on an eclectic range of issues pertinent to the EDI implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Consisting of expert-led, moderated panel discussions, our multi-part series, broadcast on the ZOOM platform, focuses on five broad thematic areas in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: 

  1. Mental Health and Wellness 
  2. Women, Gender and Sexual Diversity 
  3. Health Inequity, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Allyship   
  4. Work and Accommodation 
  5. 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

The webinar explores the range of psycho-social challenges and demands placed on individuals, families and communities by COVID-19. In addition to a discussion around mental health during the pandemic, you'll hear from voices of the neuro-diverse community, who are especially vulnerable at this time. The webinar also provides insight for parents (particularly of neuro-diverse children) on instructional and pedagogical approaches that help children adjust to home-schooling and the loss of social connections. 

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

The webinar explores the ways in which considerations of gender must be included in an adequate response to COVID-19. 

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

At the best of times, structural discrimination amplifies inequalities surrounding access to healthcare and treatment. In the COVID-19 context, disparities in access to privileges - such as affordable healthcare, safe and adequate housing, technology, food security and the ability to effective social distancing - have sharpened. The webinar examines how an effective response to COVID-19 must consider barriers to access and equity, and how these inequities impact health outcomes, for various communities. 

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

Despite outpourings of goodwill and communal responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the assertion that We’re All in This Together - though well-intentioned - inadvertently masks the very real inequities that exist between various groups, and the resilience each is able to enjoy in response to the challenges of the virus’ spread. Discussions in Part 2 focus on the experience of vulnerable communities during COVID-19. 

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

COVID-19 has changed the way workplaces operate. In many instances, non-essential staff, aided by technology, have been working from home. Like every other aspect of COVID-19, however, the transition has not been without challenge, and raises issues of workplace culture as homes become offices. Designed to share employee and employer experiences and offer best practice strategies, this webinar explores the challenges of business continuity. 

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.