“We still have a long way to go,” says uRegina president of gender parity, diversity in leadership roles

September 2, 2016

Current statistics on gender and diversity in university leadership show a troubling pattern, according to a recent op-ed by University of Regina President Vianne Timmons. The author reflects on the optimism she felt at seeing women moving into leadership roles in the mid-1990s, but notes that “soon, men moved back into these roles, and few of them were ever occupied by women again.” Timmons cites statistics demonstrating that the number of women serving as university presidents in Canada remains around 20%—the same as it was two decades ago. Timmons concludes with a discussion of the often-negative reactions that are directed against calls for greater gender parity or diversity in leadership positions, adding that “it is time to look at our practices and collective mindset and recognize that we still have a long way to go.” Universities Canada