UOttawa pledges to meet its CRC diversity targets amidst criticism

May 24, 2017

The University of Ottawa says that it is confident that it will meet the federal government’s targets for diversity among the Canada Research Chairs held at the school, yet a UOttawa professor says that doing so will require more than words. UOttawa Spokesperson Isabelle Mailloux Pulkinghorn says that the school is making progress on addressing the existing shortfall in the diversity of its CRC holders. “The University of Ottawa has redoubled its efforts to ensure measures are in place throughout its Canada Research Chair recruitment and nomination process to support the full participation of members of these groups.” But Amir Attaran, a UOttawa professor who recently held a research chair and is now suing the university for discrimination, disagrees. “This is a university that went backwards on equity not forwards,” says Attaran. Metro