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Employee Diversity Data Centre

“By choosing to participate in the employee self-ID, you’re choosing to stand-up and be counted as a member of your community, and by that very act you’re reminding leaders within the university that our community has specific needs, including the paramount need for safety and connection.”

Dan Cantiller and Michael Turco, Co-chairs, Positive Space Faculty and Staff Network

6,539+ current employees completed the Diversity Self-ID

88% response rate for full-time faculty and staff

About the 2022 update to employee diversity self-ID data

The 2022 data provides an update, while also communicating changes since 2016. The data includes information about the recruitment, representation and retention of employees from six equity-deserving groups: women, racialized people, Black people, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples, persons with disabilities and 2SLGBTQ+ people. Following the 2020 release of the Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review Report, Black employees have been presented as a distinct equity group so that the university can track its progress on commitments made to confront anti-Black racism and enhance Black inclusion at the university.

Community members are invited to explore the data and discover what is working and what isn’t, to sustain and build on successes and make adjustments where necessary. In short, the data centre is a tool for university leaders, committees and decision makers to advance equity, diversity and inclusion at the university. 

The data does not however tell the full story of progress, or barriers that prevent progress. Therefore, diversity self-ID data should be seen as an indicator of patterns and trends in representation, recruitment and retention. These indicators suggest areas for further discussion and exploration.

The data shows that representation for all equity groups has increased, in varying amounts, from 2016 to 2022. However, the representation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit employees and employees with disabilities has not changed from 2020 to 2022, and the representation of 2SLGBTQ+ employees has declined slightly from 2020.

This high level data masks the uneven representation in different types and areas of work. To learn more about where gaps in representation exist, explore the additional sections in this diversity data centre.

Based on the university’s aspirational goal of reflecting the diversity of the broader community in our student and employee populations, the data presented is compared to the diversity data of the GTA or Ontario, depending on the group. Student data by program and Faculty is available in the student data visualizations

Data about employee diversity in the Lincoln Alexander School of Law will be provided in a separate update, as the 2022 data will be the first data reported for the law school.

The following line graph shows the representation of employees from the six equity groups at the university from 2016 to 2022, with comparison data from the GTA or Ontario and student diversity self-ID data. 

  • The X axis (horizontal) shows the years and the Y axis (vertical) shows the percentages. 
  • One line shows the employee representation and whether it went up or down over the past seven years. 
  • The other lines show the student and community representation. Any space between the employee representation and community lines, where the employee representation line is below either of these lines, indicates a gap in representation. Please note that the community representation reflects the most recent data in the 2021 Census. See the glossary for more details.
  • Employees include faculty, staff (includes full time career and long term contract employees), contract lecturers, student employees, research employees and casual, part-time and short term contract employees.

The graphical illustrations facilitate an interactive experience – users can see the data that corresponds to the visual by hovering or clicking over portions of the illustration. The data can also be explored using keyboard shortcuts (external link) 

To explore the data further or in a different format, the aggregated data can be downloaded and saved in a variety of formats such as Google Sheets, MS Excel, CSV and more, using the link provided at the bottom end of the graph or chart. Downloads are provided for the data in a graph or chart based on user selections. For example, for this line graph, the data provided would be for the equity group selected in the drop down menu.

This visualization is best viewed in desktop mode.

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