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Equity Statement

Our Institute advocates for and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion principles. We firmly believe the best biomedical research and clinical care arises from: the identification and elimination of barriers; a diverse and multidisciplinary team who has different lived experiences and diverse expertise; and an integrated and supportive approach to research and training. Our Institute is made up of diverse individuals at different career stages and lived experiences. We train students and fellows from around the globe including those that disproportionately face barriers and inequities ( In this vein, we have taken action to initiate short term training fellowships offered by the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) and the Emerging Leaders in the Americas for graduate students from low-income countries. Our research approaches embrace sex-and-gender-based analyses (SGBA) so that our outcomes address the intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality and social identities. Our faculty members engage in focussed efforts to address systemic barriers in race and gender inequality in science and leadership through participation in committees and programs that serve equity-seeking groups. We engage in focus groups with Women in Gastroenterology at CAG and the Latin American Network at McMaster; participate in special summer scholars programs that offer black, indigenous and LGBTQIA+ students research training (; and sit on University Advisory Committees that address equity, diversity and inclusion issues and promote programs to reduce systemic bias and inequity. Students, fellows and faculty alike that join our Institute will enjoy an environment where all individuals feel valued, respected, and supported, and thus a fulfilling educational and professional experience. We offer a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, fostering a collaborative and innovative community that can drive positive change in the world.