Indigeneity, Decolonization, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Indigeneity, Decolonization, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Research

Laurier researchers identify and address systemic barriers experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities or racialized groups, and LGBTQ2S+ individuals.

The Laurier Centre for Women in Science promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM fields.

The Laurier Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action works to advance community well-being and social justice.

Laurier’s Indigenous Rights and Resource Governance Research Group focuses on Indigenous communities’ rights to make decisions about activities that would affect them and their land, while the Centre for Indigegogy works to improve teaching by and about Indigenous peoples.

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Current Research Strengths

Diversity of Cultures and Communities

Researchers are addressing non-dominant, minority and marginalized voices and discourses, while confronting taken-for-granted beliefs concerning business, political and cultural institutions. This cluster also encompasses historical and contemporary patterns of religious change and interaction, migration and transcultural exchange. Researchers also examine the preservation and promotion of humanity’s cultural heritage.

Gender and its Intersections

Research in this field examines the ways gender is shaped by and intersects with factors such as racism, colonialism, heteronormativity, religion and poverty.

Indigenous Scholarship and Decolonizing Relationships, Knowledge and Practices

This cluster includes Indigenous scholarship by Laurier’s Indigenous faculty members, as well as research related to decolonizing practices and relationships between non-Indigenous and Indigenous communities.

Intersection of Health and Marginalization/Dis-inclusion

Many of the defining factors that shape health status are related to social position. Researchers in this field aim to understand the social experiences of marginalized populations and how various forms of systemic and institutional violence impact their health.

Social Justice and Human Rights

Social justice research examines the systems and barriers to societal equality and seeks solutions to the unfair distribution of wealth, power and privilege.

Emerging Research Strengths

Computational and Technological Bias

User experience design research examines the design of systems, products and services that support diversity, equity and inclusion. Included in this is the exploration and understanding of computational and technological bias as well as the systemic processes which lead to bias in design and technology development.

Educational Supports for Learners and Leaders

Current research in education supports educational leaders to foster Indigeneity, equity, diversity and inclusion among learners, schools and school systems.

Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals

good health and well-being gender equality reduced inequalities sustainable cities and communities climate action life on land peace, justice and strong institutions