Diversity Statement


The Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) supports communication, advocacy, and collaboration in support of its members’ professional development. CARA members are a diverse group of over 1,000 professionals who live and work on Indigenous peoples’ ancestral and unceded lands in what is now called Canada. We acknowledge that Indigenous peoples have lived through decades of legislated oppression and continue to feel the effects of ongoing colonialism today. Those of us who are newcomers in Indigenous territories are responsible to promote truth-telling and to proactively pursue reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

We honour diversity by recognizing multiple and overlapping identities, and the unique qualities and characteristics that each identity offers. Diversity may include age, education, gender, parental status/responsibility, immigration status, religion, language, place of origin, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and many other attributes. CARA recognizes that diversity makes us stronger, and that everyone benefits when diverse individuals bring their unique backgrounds and perspectives to meet the challenges of research administration in Canada. CARA also recognizes that research administrators play a significant role in addressing systemic racism in the research environment in Canada.

We commit to fostering a culture of inclusion that supports our members’ equal participation. We commit to increase our understanding and acceptance of diverse identities by:

• Hosting webinars related to EDI in the Canadian research environment;
• Having sessions which focus on EDI at our regional and national conferences;
• Supporting members working in the field of EDI through our special interest groups;
• Establishing special interest groups as needed to respond to specific issues that arise in society related to EDI

To meet the needs of our members, we welcome questions or feedback regarding this statement.

Thank you to the sub-committee of the CARA EDI SIG (Theresa Burley, Ailsa Fullwood, Gwen Hill, and Colleen McKay) who prepared this document, with gratitude for the expertise provided by Rainwatch Advising.