Celebrating women university leaders and researchers

Women university leaders and researchers are fostering a dynamic and inclusive academic environment. They are leading the way in cultivating a fresh and diverse research ecosystem, world-class teaching and pro-active community engagement.

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To enrich their learning experience, we must expose students to cultural and gender diversity, and to all perspectives. The essence of the academic mission is to offer a learning environment that is richly diverse.

By the numbers

  • 42%
    women faculty

    In 2021-22, 42% of full-time faculty at Canadian universities were women, up from 39% in 2015-16.

    Source: Table 37-10-0077-01, Statistics Canada, 2023.
  • 25
    women university presidents

    In November 2019, women university presidents make up 26% of Universities Canada's membership, up from 20% in 2015.

    Source: Universities Canada.

Workshops on equity, diversity and inclusion: moving forward

On February 28-March 1, 2018 Universities Canada members advanced the dialogue mobilizing the full spectrum of ideas, talent, perspectives and experiences at two workshops for university presidents and senior academic leaders.

Recognizing the importance of a diverse student body, faculty and staff, university leaders discussed ways to recruit and promote a more diverse academic workforce and student body.

University leaders also focused on promising strategies to boost the recruitment and retention of women university leaders.

These discussions will inform Universities Canada’s next steps in supporting members’ commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion on campus and in Canada more broadly, as articulated through the adoption of the Inclusive Excellence Principles and action plan  in October 2017.

Read Pioneering business administrator calls for more women in higher-ed leadership, University Affairs, March 13, 2018

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