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Welcome to the EDI in Research & Innovation website

The Division of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) is dedicated to building a culture of inclusive excellence.

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Join the #UofTResearchChallenge

Through the #UofTResearchChallenge we want to highlight your passion for U of T’s diverse research community, research initiatives and learn how you’ve integrated EDI into your research practice or design. To join the challenge, click on the learn more tab below and upload your submissions. All chosen entries will include a U of T prize pack.

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Equity means fairness. It is the removal of systemic barriers and biases enabling all individuals to have equal access to and to benefit from any aspect of society. It accounts for everyone’s different and unique identities, lived experiences, and backgrounds, and reflectively allocates for resources needed to reach an equal outcome. A commitment to equity acknowledges that disparities in opportunities are rooted in historical and contemporary injustices and systemic barriers.


Diversity is defined as differences in race, place of origin, religion, immigrant and newcomer status, ethnic origin, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, and many other aspects of identity. It consists of the conditions, expressions, and experiences of different groups.


Inclusion is the practice of creating an environment that ensures all individuals are treated equitably, has access to the same opportunities, and feels welcome and respected. Inclusion means actively fostering the conditions in which everyone can fully participate and maximize their creativity and contributions free of bias or discrimination.

VPRI’s role

VPRI works with leaders and partners across the University to embed EDI in research and innovation. We provide the following EDI-related services and supports to the tri-campus community: