Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

picture of fingerprints of different coloursThe Biochemistry Department recognizes and values equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) principles across all aspects of its functioning. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and provides equitable outcomes for our students, post-doctoral scholars, staff, and faculty. To develop meaningful change, the Department established a committee in 2022 to address issues related to EDI within our community.

What is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion?

  • Equity - ensuring that access, resources, and opportunities are provided for all to succeed and grow, especially for those who are underrepresented and have been historically disadvantaged
  • Diversity - the conditions, expressions, and experiences of different groups identified by attributes such as age, sexual orientation, Indigenous status, disability, race, ethnicity, etc.
  • Inclusion - a workplace culture that is welcoming to all people regardless of sexual orientation, Indigenous status, ability, race, ethnicity, etc., and everyone is valued, respected, and able to reach their full potential

Accessibility in the Dept. of Biochemistry

The Dept. of Biochemistry is located on the 3rd floor of the Medical Sciences Building (MSB), which is accessible by outside ramps and automated door openers. Elevators connect all floors of the building. The Dept. also has two single-user, gender-neutral, accessible washrooms.

Land Acknowledgement

Western University is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lenaape, and Chonnonton Nations. These lands are connected through the London and Sombra Township Treaties and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. The local First Nation communities include Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Munsee Delaware Nation. In the area, eleven First Nation communities and a growing Indigenous urban population exist.

We respect the longstanding relationships that Indigenous Nations have and have had with this land since time immemorial. As the original caretakers, they have lived as one with the land: valuing it, respecting it, and allowing it to replenish.

We acknowledge historical and ongoing injustices that Indigenous Peoples (e.g., First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) endure in what is now known as Canada. We accept responsibility to correct miseducation about Indigenous communities, to renew respectful relationships with them, and to value them. We call you to action: to not only reflect on, but also contribute to, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. 

Biochemistry's EDI Committee

Mandate

  • Cultivate a welcoming and accommodating environment for all 
  • Educate students, post-doctoral scholars, staff, and faculty about the importance of EDI
  • Act upon EDI-related issues brought forward by community members
  • Maintain a list of services and contacts for referral
  • Support university-led efforts to reduce systemic barriers in academia

Future Goals

Create a reporting system for EDI-related issues

Current Focus and Timeline

  • Spring 2022 - Implement 2018 recommendations from Gender Equity Task Force in Biochemistry 
  • Fall 2022 – Create an EDI training session for Biochemistry Department

Progress

  • Feb 2022 – the Biochemistry EDI committee held its first meeting
  • Spring 2022 - EDI webpage for Biochemistry's website created

Current Members

  • 2 faculty, including Chair of Biochemistry Department: Drs. Derek McLachlin, Greg Gloor
  • 1 staff: Dr. Lynn Weir
  • 1 post-doctoral scholar: Dr. Haider Hassan
  • minimum of 2 graduate students (maximum of 3): Beth Connelly, Jordyn Meaney, Emma Walker 
  • 2 undergraduate students: Paul Akouris, Rachel Lau

Former Members

  • Dr. Mike Boffa (faculty)
  • Dr. Sally Esmail (post-doctoral scholar)

Contact

For more information or questions about the EDI Committee in the Biochemistry Department, please contact Lynn Weir (Research Co-ordinator). 

Contact

For more information or questions about EDI initiatives in the Biochemistry Department, please contact Lynn Weir (Research Co-ordinator). 

Reporting Harassment and Discrimination

Western is committed to providing a learning and working environment that is free of harassment and discrimination. All students, staff, and faculty have a role in this commitment and have a responsibility to ensure and promote a safe and respectful learning and working environment. Relevant policies include Western's Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy (M.A.P.P. 1.35) and Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy – Administrative Procedures (M.A.P.P. 1.35). 

Any student, staff, or faculty member who experiences or witnesses behaviour that may be harassment or discrimination must report the behaviour to Western's Human Rights Office (blue button below and on right). Harassment and discrimination can be human rights-based, which is also known as EDI-based, (sexism, racism, transphobia, homophobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, antisemitism, and ableism) or non-human rights-based (personal harassment or workplace harassment).

The Department of Biochemistry is setting up an online reporting system for members of our Department to report any concern or incident that is EDI-based (purple button below and on left). This system is not yet functional but will be soon - stay tuned!

purple-coloured icon with words "report an EDI-related concern or incident to the Department"blue-coloured icon with words "report discrimination and/or harassment to Western's Human Rights Office"

EDI Resources 

Anti-racism

Accessibility

Indigenous Information

2SLGBTQIA+

  • =Two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual 
  • Pride Library 
  • PrideWestern (USC service working for and with Western's queer and trans community) 
  • Western Queer Caucus (Group for queer faculty, staff, and graduate students at Western) 
  • Spectrum (Club that creates a safe space for Western’s 2SLGBTQIA+ students)  

Women's Issues

  • Western's Caucus on Women Issues (Promotes and safeguards the interests of women at Western; women staff, faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates at Western can join) 
  • Women of Ivey Network (WIN) (Leaders from Ivey community fostering a gender-inclusive culture and accelerating the advancement of women in business) 
  • Women in Engineering (Offers unique opportunities to Western’s women engineers for team building, learning, and support) 
  • Western Women in Neuroscience (Promote discussions and activities related to being a woman in psychology and neuroscience at Western) 

EDI Offices at Western

EDI Workshops and Learning Modules

Policies and Codes of Conduct at Western

Additional Resources