Social Equity Undergraduate Research Awards (SEURA)

The Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts Internship Office (ARIA) and Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Awards aim to provide equity training and research opportunities for undergraduate students, by allocating funds for them to conduct research involving strong components pertaining to equity, diversity, and social justice, full-time, during summer. 

Research on social equity, diversity, or social justice

Social equity, diversity, and social justice related research notably attempts to deepen:

  • Knowledge on and understanding of barriers that impede social equity or social justice, including if and how those barriers have changed or evolved over time (e.g. bias, microaggressions, prejudice, poverty, discrimination, colonialism, slavery, patriarchy, stereotypes, representations in the public sphere or lack thereof); and/or
  • Knowledge on and understanding of the experiences specific to people and groups that have diverse backgrounds, identities and lived experiences, including how these experiences impact marginalization and oppression (e.g. racialized/people of colour, LGBT/queer people, people of lower socioeconomic status, indigenous communities, ethnic/cultural groups, migrant communities, people with disabilities); and/or
  • Knowledge on and understanding of strategies to promote or help achieve greater social equity or social justice (e.g. interventions to increase awareness, identification of best practices to facilitate equity, development of tools to increase accessibility for people with disabilities).

Social equity

Social equity refers to the idea that people should have access to the same opportunities to grow, to meet their fundamental needs, and to fully contribute to an organization or to society. At the same time, equal access and opportunity does not mean equal treatment for everyone; rather, achieving social equity requires an acknowledgement of ways in which certain people or groups, have been historically marginalized and oppressed; it also requires an understanding of the systemic and structural barriers which may impact the experiences of marginalized and oppressed people and groups.

Diversity

Diversity refers to the wide range of backgrounds, identities, and experiences that people represent. In an equity context, diversity refers to the presence of people from a range of marginalized, oppressed or underrepresented groups. It is often but not exclusively used in reference to racial diversity, class diversity, ethnic diversity, sexual diversity, gender diversity, and ability diversity.

Social justice

Social justice refers to actions and processes that are taken with the purpose of ensuring and advocating for respect, social equity, and fairness. It is often in opposition to practices and situations where people are exploited, taken advantage of, treated unfairly, or oppressed – regardless of whether or not is voluntary or conscious. Social justice is often rooted in a vision of society as respectful of diversity, thriving for social equity, and valuing social responsibility.

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