"Equity, Diversity, Inclusion" consultation at the School of Social Work: qualitative online questionnaire and focus groups

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2022

To the School of Social Work students, professors, and members of the Administrative Staff,

We are pleased to inform you that the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) consultation process has now begun!

You can participate by filling out the following qualitative online questionnaire:


Or register for the following focus group(s)* by emailing SVSEDI@uottawa.ca :

  1. Students living with a disability (in French): March 15, 2022, from 1:30 to 4:30pm
  2. Students identifying with one or more racialized groups (in French): March 17, 2022, from 9:00 am to 12:00pm
  3. Students who identify as Indigenous (bilingual English/French): March 21, 2022, 9:30am to 12:30pm
  4. Students identifying as Muslim (in French): March 28, 2022, from 8:30 am to 11:30am
  5. Students identifying as Jewish (bilingual English/French): March 28, 2022, from 1:00 to 4:00pm
  6. Students who identify with one or more racialized groups (in French): March 29, 2022, 9:30am-12:30pm
  7. Students identifying with the LGBTQIA2S+ community (in French): March 29, 2022, from 1:30 to 4:30pm


*P.S.: The focus groups have been determined based on the human resources available to ensure a discussion in the safest possible space, and the estimated number of participants. The proposed list is not intended to exclude anyone, hence the offer of an online qualitative questionnaire. However, if you would like to suggest an additional focus group, please feel free to do so by emailing SVSEDI@uottawa.ca. If the demand is sufficient and in line with the objectives of the consultation, we will do our best to offer the requested focus group.

This consultation is carried out by the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) and aims to develop an EDI action plan to ensure that the School is an inclusive learning, research and working environment, where everyone can feel welcome and reach their full potential.


It is intended for people who identify with one or more of the following marginalized groups:

  1. Indigenous People (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, International Indigenous)
  2. Racialized groups (including but not limited to: Asian, Black, Hispanic, South West Asian and North African)
  3. Religious and ethnoreligious minorities (Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu)
  4. LGBTQIA2S+ community
  5. Groups with a disability (long-term or recurring, visible or invisible impairment affecting physic, mental, sensory, or psychological capacities)

If you identify with one or more of these groups, don't miss the chance to have your voice heard! You will be asked to:

  • Speak out about the barriers to inclusion that you encounter or have encountered within the School of Social Work (including internships/practicum), whether in interactions (e.g., micro-aggressions), course content, formal and informal rules of operation in the School, etc.;


  • share your ideas for sustainable solutions/recommendations to mitigate or remove these barriers.


The EDIC recognizes that it is essential to work hand-in-hand with people from marginalized groups, so we strongly encourage you to share your realities and ideas with us. Make this consultation yours!

If you have any questions, ideas, or concerns about this consultation, please let us know at SVSEDI@uottawa.ca.


Thank you for your time!

The members of the EDIC:

Stéphanie Garneau, professor at the SSW and head of the EDIC

Thamara Labossière, doctoral student at the SSW and EDIC’s coordinator

Rose Catherine Edouarzin, master’s student at the SSW and intern at the EDIC

Naomi Abrahams, doctoral student at the SSW

Rosette Buuma, undergraduate student at the SSW

Yacout El Abboubi, undergraduate student at the SSW

Morènikè Ashani Idji, doctoral student at the SSW

Simon Lapierre, director of the undergraduate studies at the SSW

Yamiley Louissaint, undergraduate student at the SSW

Jacynthe Mayer, Senior Field Placement and Education Coordinator at the SSW

Dahlia Namian, director of the postgraduate studies at the SSW

Jesse Osborne, undergraduate student at the SSW

Sébastien Savard, director at the SSW

James St-Pierre, undergraduate student at the SSW

Emilie Tessier, master’s student at the SSW

Willande Toussaint, undergraduate student at the SSW

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