The task force was established by President David Barnard in October 2019 to provide recommendations on the process and actions required to identify and examine obstacles and inequities facing students, staff and faculty at the University of Manitoba.  

Chaired by then Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs) Diane Hiebert-Murphy, the task force included senior leaders, faculty members, students and staff members, as well as resource members drawn from relevant units of the University. 

Community input and consultation, including a community experience survey, were key components of the task force’s work. The survey and consultations took place through the winter and spring of 2020. 

Committee work by the task force included a baseline data report and an environmental scan report, as well as a community consultations report, in order to inform task force direction and to shape recommendations. 

An interim report was provided to the President and Vice-Presidents in May 2020.



Terms of Reference

Advancing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Task Force established

Read President Benarroch’s release announcement

EDI community experiences survey

Thank you for participating!

A survey was created to better understand UM community experiences of diversity, inclusion and equity. Students, staff and faculty were asked to lend their voices to this important work. The survey is now closed. 

EDI Community Consultation

We heard you! 

Earlier this year, in-person focus groups were paused due to the Covid-19 situation, but all UM students, staff and faculty were invited to respond online to the focus questions and share personal experiences in our online EDI survey. The input period has now passed. 

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The pandemic has intensified inequities impacting Indigenous, Black and racialized communities as well as people with disabilities and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ and student communities. A new handbook for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) during COVID-19 has been created to connect students, staff and faculty to university and community supports.

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