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April 24, 2013

Research on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Ryerson University

A recent panel on diversity research at Ryerson brought together researchers from multiple disciplines to share information.

The Diversity Institute presented Research on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Ryerson, with nine researchers making presentations about their research on labour rights, leadership roles, aboriginal governance and LGBT rights in labour unions.

Ryerson’s Diversity Institute undertakes research on diversity in the workplace to improve practices in organizations. The institute works with organizations to develop customized strategies, programming and resources that will promote new, interdisciplinary knowledge and practice about diversity regarding gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and ability. The event was supported from funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Below is a list of the presenters and their areas of research:

  • Harald Bauder, geography and immigration and settlement studies.
    Research: political economy in immigration and settlement, labour market experiences of immigrants
  • Winnie Ng, CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy.
    Research: labour rights, anti-racism, coalition and capacity, social justice
  • April Lindgren, journalism. Research: diversity in local news coverage, content analysis of ethnic media
  • Wendy Cukier, vice-president, research and innovation.
    Research: diversity in leadership, diversity assessment, innovation and social change
  • Grace-Edward Galabuzi, politics and public administration.
    Research: equity, human rights, social exclusion, racialization of the Canadian labour market
  • Pam Palmater, chair in indigenous governance.
    Research: aboriginal governance, citizenship and identity issues, political relationships within and between aboriginal communities
  • Esther Ignagni, disability studies.
    Research: disability and citizenship, care-work, media and arts-informed inquiry
  • Gerald Hunt, Ted Rogers School of Management.
    Research: LGBT rights in labour unions, impact of gender in business education
  • Ben Barry, fashion.
    Research: cross-cultural consumer attitudes towards diverse fashion models, institutional barriers that prevent and facilitate the inclusion of diversity in the fashion industry


While the researchers represented different areas of study, it was clear that there is room for collaboration and interdisciplinary projects to emerge.

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See photos from the event below.

Diversity Institute