Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

What is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion?

According to the Government of Canada's Best Practices Guide in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Research:

  • Equity refers to "the removal of systemic barriers and biases enabling all individuals to have equal opportunity to access and benefit..."

  • Diversity refers to "differences in race, colour, place of origin, religion, immigrant and newcomer status, ethnic origin, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and age."

  • Inclusion refers to "the practice of ensuring that all individuals are valued and respected for their contributions and are equally supported"

I am passionate about moving EDI iniatives forward in cardiovascular epidemiology. This is why I incorporate gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) analytic processes and, specifically, intersectionality into my research. One of my main goals is to gain a better understanding of how sociodemographic factors/social determinants of health (e.g., gender, race & ethnicity, access to care) interact with known clinical risk factors in influencing cardiovascular outcomes in women*.

* When I use the term woman/women, I use it in the broadest sense- referring to all individuals who identifiy as women- a social construct that is distinct from an individual's biological sex.