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Lassonde introduces EDI fund to support grassroots initiatives that reduce barriers and promote equity, diversity and inclusion

The Lassonde School of Engineering at York University has introduced a new equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) funding initiative to promote a culture of EDI at the School while helping to remove systemic barriers for faculty, students and staff in academia.

This initiative, spearheaded by the EDI Sub-Committee and the Lassonde Research Office, will support the development and enhancement of an inclusive culture at Lassonde and beyond. The funding will provide community members with a multitude of ways to advance equity, diversity and inclusion, from developing new recruitment strategies and funding EDI training to supporting faculty members during parental leaves and life events.

There are two funding categories available as part of the EDI fund. The first aims to improve work-life balance and support faculty members who are new parents, caregivers or going through extraordinary life events. The second category is meant to support initiatives that strive to catalyze change and create a diverse and inclusive environment at Lassonde.

“Different backgrounds and experiences provide a wide range of perspectives which strengthen our educational and research missions aimed towards making a positive impact on a global scale,” said Jane Goodyer, dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering. “By introducing new EDI funding that supports initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion within our community, we can create a cultural change within our School and beyond. Our work can help create systemic change in academia and in the workforce.”

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are a key priority for the School, with the EDI Sub-Committee and k2i Academy acting as key drivers in implementing initiatives and programs that can create a systemic change within the School and across the education system.

This EDI fund is a trailblazer in the academic community, meant to empower students, faculty and staff to make a difference and pave the way to a more equitable future for all.

With this fund, students, faculty and staff have the freedom to design their own initiatives, get creative, and find ways to think outside the box to make the School a more diverse and inclusive space. Community members can also use this funding towards training opportunities to enhance their EDI knowledge and credentials.

For more information about the funding categories and application instructions visit Lassonde’s EDI Funding page.