Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at the RI-MUHC

At the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), we are committed to identifying and fully recognizing our challenges in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and we commit to working towards resolution of these challenges for the benefit of all members of our community, regardless of their identities, affiliations and experiences.

We believe that diversity is a strength. We believe that our work environment should allow individuals to express their differences, and that these differences should be welcomed and celebrated. We aim to prevent obstacles to attraction, recruitment, retention, recognition and advancement, particularly for underrepresented groups. Our goal is to strengthen our organization through listening, education, reflection, learning and growth. To begin, we favour a position of openness and humility to achieve a better understanding of our community.


At the RI-MUHC, we understand equity as the fair and appropriate treatment of individuals and groups according to their needs, experiences and abilities. We promote a distribution of resources and opportunities that ensures that equity-seeking groups have the same conditions for participation and success and overcome the systemic barriers they face.

Diversity describes the presence of difference in a group of people. At the RI-MUHC, we understand diversity as the range of dimensions, qualities, and unique characteristics of human beings and identity differences (gender, race, sexuality, bodily capacity, ethnicity, religion, social status, etc.) present in any group of people. Our institutional approach aims to understand the oppressive experiences that social groups have had because of their differences, with the aim of transforming these oppressive conditions.

Inclusion is the goal of our approach. It creates a sense of belonging, which emerges when teams engage the full potential of individuals, where innovation thrives and views, beliefs and values are integrated (Burnette, 2018). We see inclusion as creating a culture that promotes equity, and that celebrates, respects, accepts and values difference. This vision of inclusion leads to transformations in organizational culture, the effects of which are felt at both individual and collective levels.

Our Policy and Action Plan

Read our complete EDI policy (Download in pdf format).

Read our EDI action plan (Download in pdf format).

EDI Advisory Committee

The Institute's EDI Advisory Committee is a participative body, representative of the diversity of its members. It promotes discussion and understanding of EDI obstacles and initiatives among Institute members, and address them at the institutional level. It provides advice and recommendations on EDI matters to the Institute's management and to the Human Resources and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Board of Directors, and follows up on these recommendations.

EDI Events

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The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre supports numerous speakers, seminars, and webinars focused on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).


Focus on mental health: Transformative RI-MUHC event offered insights and meditation

Expert talks on mental health as well as practical meditation sessions empowered attendees to enhance...

An invitation to innovation for Indigenous neuroscience students

The BRaIN Neuroscience Retreat at the RI-MUHC offered a preview of a diverse and dynamic scientific landscape

An opportunity to learn, celebrate and connect during Black History Month at the RI-MUHC

An expert panel explored Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in research and healthcare

Empowering Change

As we anticipate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, Dr. Nitika Pant Pai sets the pace in her Leadership Journey with WomenLift Health

Together towards Inclusion

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre presents their Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan for 2022 to 2025

Recognizing the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Advocates and colleagues gather at the RI-MUHC to raise awareness and help promote the integration of people living with disabilities into our work...

Celebrating Pride Month with the first Pride in Research seminar

The RI-MUHC led a one-hour webinar to explore the perspectives of LGBTQIA2S+ people in the research space

Two CIHR-IMHA Inclusive Research Excellence Prizes for RI-MUHC researcher

For Tania Janaudis-Ferreira, health outcomes research begins with meaningful patient partnership

RI-MUHC participates in the DuoEmploi program

During the Quebec Week for Persons with Disabilities, two people joined research and administrative teams for a daylong internship

Fiera Capital and the MUHC Foundation announce the winners of new awards

Fiera Capital Awards for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Health Care Research provide critical funding to young...

Our EDI Partners

  • MUHC Board of Directors’ Committee for Action on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (C-AIDE)
  • The RI-MUHC is a proud Employer Partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, which allows its community to have access to a large variety of resources and webinars free of charge.
  • The RI-MUHC is a member of the national Leadership Circle for Indigenous Inclusion from Indigenous Works.
  • RI-MUHC researchers and administrators who are willing to recruit people with disabilities or looking for support for team members with disabilities can benefit from the services of our partners Aim Croit and Moëlle épinière motricité Québec.
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Resources and Information

The RI-MUHC Inclusive Writing Guide

Challenging Barriers: Recruiting and Retaining People wiht Disabilities. 2024 institutional guide

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the RI-MUHC Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience Program (BRaIN)

Our Words Matter: Inclusion and Respect, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Social Accountability and Community Engagement (SACE) Office, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Event Calendar, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Lifeworks Wellbeing Solutions

Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse

MUHC Board of Directors’ Committee for Action on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (C-AIDE)

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR)

Contact Us

If you believe that you, or someone you know, are being subjected to harassment, stereotyping or prejudicial assumptions, please contact edi.ri@muhc.mcgill.ca.

To make a suggestion or participate in events supporting EDI at the RI-MUHC, please contact edi.ri@muhc.mcgill.ca.