EDI Consultation Hours

“This grant asks for a section on EDI in research, and I don’t know where to start.”
“I want to discuss equity issues with my team, but I’m scared of saying the wrong thing.”
“I read a resource on inclusion at work, but I don’t know how to apply those practices in my context.”

Sign up for a one-hour, virtual consultation to get personalized support related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) questions and practices in your specific research context. Consultations are provided by Falisha Karpati, PhD.

Falisha (she/her) is an independent Inclusion Consultant with a focus on academic and research organizations. She has led EDI assessments, action plan development, training and grant support for a range of research units within McGill and beyond. Prior to launching her consulting practice, she held the role of Training and Equity Advisor with HBHL. Falisha brings a background in neuroscience research, with a PhD from the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill.

Dates, times and format

One-hour consultations are available from January 29 to March 8, 2024, on Tuesdays between 11:00 am and 1:00 p.m. EST and Thursdays between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST. Meetings will take place virtually via Google Meet.

Additional time options and formats may be provided upon request, dependent on availability. If you would like to request a consultation at a different time or in a different format, hello [at] falishakarpati.com (please email Falisha).

A minimum of two business days is required between booking and the consultation time.


Consultations are open to all faculty with a research area related to brain health.


Sessions will focus on practices that you can implement to strengthen your research teams and projects via equity, diversity and inclusion. For example, conversations could cover equitable recruitment of trainees, collaborative meetings, fair supervision, inclusive training and scientific activities, diversity considerations in research design, sex- and gender-based analysis plus (SGBA+) or accessible science communication. Such practices can support your teams and projects to meet the expectations for equitable and inclusive research that are held by many research funding programs.

The conversation will be personalized to your context, and this is a non-judgemental learning space where honest questions are encouraged. When you book a consultation, you will be asked to specify at least one topic or question that you would like to discuss during the meeting.

These consultations are intended as an EDI learning initiative and will be focused on knowledge and practices applicable in the context of research projects and teams. No legal advice will be provided. The consultations are not reporting channels for harassment, discrimination, sexual violence and/or violations of any institutional policies. If you would like to report such conduct, please consult McGill’s Office for Mediation and Reporting.


Both Falisha and the HBHL team will have access to the names, emails and affiliations of consultation participants. Falisha will not share any content of the discussion that is identifiable at the individual or research team level. Researchers are free to share any content from their consultation internally among their research team.

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