Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Guide

This page contains resources on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and may help you implement EDI principles in your work and academic communities.


  • Equity is the fair and respectful treatment of all people. Equity is the process; equality is the result
  • Diversity is the demographic mix of the community, with a focus on the representation of equity-deserving groups
  • Inclusion is the creation of an environment where everyone feels welcome, is treated with respect, and is able to fully participate


EDI in Research

EDI in Research Design

For resources related to research design and methods, consult the resources page of the EDI in Research & Innovation website. The sections are adapted in part from New Frontiers in Research Fund – Best Practices in EDI in Research. These sections provide a range of potential practices to support EDI in your research team and HQP training, as well as information on implementing these practices on an ongoing basis.

Training HQP

VPRI offers a handbook addressing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Research Funding Applications – Research Teams and the Training of Highly Qualified Personnel (UTORid required to access).

This handbook outlines a number of ways in which you can address equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) considerations in a research funding application. This resource is focused on embedding EDI in the composition of the research team and/or in the training of highly qualified personnel (HQP), and does not describe the integration of diversity/gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) into research design.

Lab Handbook Template

You may use this lab manual/handbook template as a guide for designing your own handbook. This can be used to describe a lab code of conduct, outline expectations, and provide a guide to lab culture.
This template was developed by BrainsCAN at Western University and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No-Derivative Works 4.0 License