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EDI Action Objectives

Details about McMaster’s strategic planning and management process are documented in:
Towards Inclusive Excellence: A Report on McMaster University’s EDI Strategy.

Expandable List

Objective 1 explanation
Objective 1: To enhance campus community understanding of inclusive excellence as an institutional imperative, and to improve campus-wide EDI efficacy. Short-term Priorities include: EDI Strategy Steering Committee and Action Plan Implementation Teams, Institutional Profile of Inclusive Excellence Imperative and EDI Strategy, and Support for Distinct Indigenous Strategy. Medium-term Priorities include: Strategic Integration of EDI and Inclusive Excellence Principles and Priorities, and Accessibility in Branding and Visual Standards. Long-term Priorities include: Integration of EDI and Inclusive Excellence in Fundraising Plans, Engagement of Alumni in Advancing EDI Goals, and Integration of EDI and Inclusive Excellence in Employee Awards.


Objective 2 explanation
Objective 2: To enhance systems and resources to support data-informed and evidence-based EDI-related planning, decision-making and practice. Short-term Priorities include: Expand Student Diversity Census, Enhancement of Employment Equity Census and Applicant Diversity Survey Tools, and Engage Research on EDI-Related Best Practices. Medium-term Priorities include: Metrics, Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Measurement Instruments, Baseline and Benchmarking of Current State and Goals, and Integrated EDI-Related Planning and Reporting Tools and Processes. Long-term Priorities include: Employee Climate Survey and Student Climate Survey.
Objective 3 explanation
Objective 3: To enhance inclusivity and opportunities for interdisciplinarity in curricula and scholarship across Departments and Faculties. Short-term Priorities include: Online inclusive teaching and learning handbook African and African diaspora studies minor expansion, and area studies synergies. Medium-term Priorities include: EDI capacity for Tri-agency Program and Grant Funding Requirments, EDI Training and Resources for Faculty and EDI training and Resources for Sessionals and TAs. Long-term Priorities include: Critical Intercultural Competency and Development for International Graduate Students and Supervisors, EDI-Related Learning Outcomes and Pedagogical Resources, and EDI Integration in Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP)..
Objective 4 explanation
Objective 4: To enhance inclusive leadership capabilities by establishing baseline EDI training requirements and offering ongoing professional development. Short-term Priorities include: Senior Administration Inclusive Leadership and EDI Training, Senate and Board Inclusive Leadership and EDI Training, and Manager and Supervisor Inclusive Leadership and EDI Training. Medium-term Priorities include: Online Training Opportunities, Accessibility and Accommodation Management Resources for Supervisors, and Student Leader and Student Group EDI Training. Long-term Priorities include: EDI Integration in Collective Agreements and EDI Integration in McMaster Capabilities.
Objective 5 explanation
Objective 5: To enhance opportunities for meaningful consultation with, engagement of, and provision of support to equity-seeking groups. Short-term Priorities: Discrimination & Harassment and Sexual Violence Policies and Procedures, and Equity-Seeking Group Networks and Consultation Mechanisms. Medium-term Priorities include: Accessibility and Accommodations Policies and Procedures, Profile of EDI-Related Supports and Services, and EDI- Related Communities of Practice. Long-term Priorities include: Leadership Development and Succession Planning for Faculty, Leadership Development and Succession Planning for Staff, and Physical and Virtual Wayfinding Navigation Tools.
objective 6 explanation
Objective 6(i): To enhance the recruitment and retention of equity-seeking employees. Short-term Priorities include: Employment Equity Facilitator Program, Search Committee Training, and Institution-wide Faculty Hiring Practices. Medium-term Priorities include: Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiatives, Tenure & Promoting Faculty Practices, and Career Progression & Merit Policy and Practices. Long-term Priorities include: Early Career Faculty Development and Employment Systems Review.


To enhance the recruitment and retention of equity-seeking students. Short-term Priorities include: Student Access Strategy, International Student Experience and Success, and Graduate Student Experience and Success. Medium-term Priorities include: Admission Policies and Practices, Admissions Personnel Training, and Mentorship Programs. Long-term Priorities include: Pathway Programs, and Financial Aid and Awards (Bursaries and Scholarships).