EDI Terms of Reference


The University of British Columbia Department of Radiology Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Radiology (“the Department”) strives to be a centre of excellence in patient care, education, research, and innovation, and is committed to embracing and embodying equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). The Department values an equitable and accessible environment and seeks to identify and mitigate systemic barriers for patients, staff, and trainees.

Striving for excellence requires the collaboration of individual members with diverse identities, backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, ideas, physical abilities, and other visible and nonvisible expressions of diversity. Furthermore, the Department seeks to foster an inclusive environment that encompasses the broader University community and the patients we serve. The Department recognizes that promoting EDI will require continuous work and intentional change and commits to ensuring that its members receive education to promote ongoing dialogue and engagement.

The Department has an obligation not only to recognize differences, but also to accommodate them.  This applies to things like visible and invisible disabilities, non-standard holidays, ceremonial clothing, etc.


The Department recognizes the importance of EDI in selection and promotion and reaffirms its commitment with emphasis on ensuring equal opportunity. Selection committees are diverse, recognizing that this may require restructuring of existing committees.  Applicants are required to submit an EDI statement and all leadership appointments and selections are with consultation with the members of EDI committee. First time aspirants and applicants are considered equally with those who hold leadership roles within the radiology community. Intentional recruitment of applicants with a wide range of experience is encouraged.

There is intentional assessment of real or perceived disparate treatment and such disparities will be addressed. Physicians from minority and underrepresented groups are encouraged and supported to apply for leadership roles in radiology and at the university.


The Department recognizes its role in providing care to the increasingly diverse British Columbia patient population. The Department aims to undertake patient care in an equitable manner, and where barriers are identified, the Department seeks to mitigate these inequities.


The Department is responsible for teaching a diverse community of trainees at all levels. The Department is committed to ensuring an equitable and inclusive learning environment that fosters discovery, advancement, accomplishment and educational success to achieve the full potential of its trainees. The Department invests in improved access to coursework and scholarship in EDI for trainees and faculty members alike. Selection committees are diverse, which may require intentional restructuring, and intentional recruitment of applicants with a wide range of experience is encouraged.


The Department strives to ensure that its research and innovation endeavours will be broadly beneficial to populations across British Columbia, Canada and internationally. The Department works to ensure equal opportunities for its members to participate in scholarly activities, including equitable access to funding opportunities and career advancement. In addition, the Department leadership ensures all investments and funding decisions in research are made and supported through a diversity of opinions and an inclusive lens.  The Department’s commitments are reflected in policies, procedures, and decision-making.

These aforementioned commitments further find expression in the UBC President’s Statement on Racism and Injustice , the UBC Equity and Inclusion Office, the Faculty of Medicine Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and are predicated on the British Columbia Human Rights code. Collectively, these commitments ensure that the UBC Department of Radiology upholds these ideals and remains a centre of excellence in patient care, research and education.


Appendix 1 Hyperlinks:

1. CIHR Equity Strategy: https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/52551.html

  1. UBC President’s Statement on Racism and Injustice: https://president.ubc.ca/homepage-feature/2020/06/01/together-against-racism/
  2. UBC Equity and Inclusion Office: https://equity.ubc.ca/
  3. the Faculty of Medicine Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: https://redi.med.ubc.ca/
  4. British Columbia Human Rights Code: https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/00_96210_01


A link to the Canadian Association of Radiologists Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion statement will be provided once it is approved.