Building on a University-wide commitment to advance Equity at McGill and its EDI Strategic Plan, the Faculty of Engineering has identified six EDI Strategic Priorities. Each Unit (i.e., Department or School) in the Faculty is mandated with developing and implementing a Unit-specific EDI strategy in alignment with these strategic priorities. The Faculty of Engineering commits to reporting on progress and outcomes. Updates to come.
Recruitment Life Cycle
The Faculty of Engineering is working to advance EDI in all aspects of the staff life cycle, including recruitment, hiring, retention, mentorship, and recognition. Specific measures include mandatory EDI training for hiring committees and other decision-making roles, developing recruitment best practices, enforcing targets for hiring professors and faculty lecturers from underrepresented groups, and reporting on faculty demographics.
Faculty and Staff EDI Education
The Faculty of Engineering aims to integrate principles of EDI into academic research culture and other areas of faculty and staff activity. A major objective is to support principal investigators in applying an EDI lens to their research sphere. This comprises research proposals and grants, recruitment and training of highly qualified personnel (HQP), team management and recognition, professional networking, and conference organization.
This priority area focuses on integrating EDI content into students’ educational experience and developing modes of strategic measuring with respect to skills development. This supports students’ understanding of EDI considerations and practical applications in the context of engineering and design.
E-IDEA’s Teamwork Initiative is a program that supports Faculty of Engineering course instructors in developing EDI components to their teaching strategy. The Youth Action & Outreach program offers two-way experiential engagement opportunities between McGill Engineering students and local youth while building a strong foundation for applied EDI.
EDI Advocacy Program
The Faculty Equity Ambassador Program is currently being reorganized to better address the needs of our community. Under its new name, EDI Advocacy Program, a robust infrastructure will be implemented to support a growing community of practice, increase training and engagement opportunities, boost awareness of University resources, and enhance EDI communication within the Faculty of Engineering.
Communication and Engagement Strategy
E-IDEA will work closely with the Faculty Communications team, University Advancement team, and cross-promotion partners to enhance visibility, communication, and engagement related to the Faculty’s EDI initiatives. This entails relationship-building with staff collaborators and student groups, as well as developing a robust strategy for website, social media, and newsletter content. A major goal is to accessibilize information about EDI strategies and progress tracking for the public.
Resources and Funding Strategy
The Faculty of Engineering is developing a resource and funding strategy to sustain EDI initiatives with long-term impact. This involves strategic collaborations, strengthening connections with McGill’s central Equity Team and other EDI leaders across the University, and coordination with University Advancement to effectively engage prospective donors.