Dr. Arig al Shaibah is McMaster’s inaugural Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion. In addition to overseeing the Equity and Inclusion Office, she is currently responsible for championing inclusive excellence and leading the development and implementation of institution-wide strategic equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) priorities at McMaster. Arig has worked in higher education for over 20 years, bringing EDI principles and practices to bear in all of her accountabilities. Prior to arriving at McMaster, Arig held the roles of Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) and Acting Executive Director (Human Rights & Equity) at Dalhousie University, and, before that, Assistant Dean (Student Life and Learning) at Queen’s University. Arig holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a PhD in Education (Cultural and Policy Studies). Her doctoral research involved a study of the perspectives of senior-most administrators with respect to the barriers to and enablers of equity in higher education. Arig is an interdisciplinary EDI scholar-practitioner and administrator who has held active teaching appointments in Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender Studies, Public Administration, and Sociology, and she has been actively engaged in EDI action research to elevate the efficacy of her various EDI leadership practice. Her areas of academic and professional interest are intergroup relations, race and racism, social inequality, as well as questions of how to foster inclusive leadership and mobilize organizational EDI change. Arig currently sits on several EDI Advisory Committees at the local, provincial, and national levels. More information on her work to advance EDI at McMaster can be found at: Meet the AVPEI - Equity and Inclusion Office (mcmaster.ca).
Recognition Award in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
A donation in the amount of $1000 will be awarded annually to a SWAAC member who has shown exceptional leadership, initiative and commitment in fostering or furthering diversity and inclusion at their institution. The donation will be made on the recipient’s behalf to an institution of her choice, in the form of a contribution to an endowment or fund that supports initiatives to promote equity and diversity for students, staff, or faculty at their institution. Evidence of leadership through:
Commitment to diversity as an important part of the institution’s educational mission
Public and/or academically oriented endeavors that demonstrate intellectual excellence and commitment to cultural diversity in service, teaching, scholarship, and/or creative activity
Creation of recruitment and retention initiatives to attract, recruit, and professionally develop individuals who increase the diversity of faculty and staff
Demonstrating activities to attract, recruit, and ensure the success of a diverse student body
Demonstrating activities to recruit, retain, and professionally develop individuals who increase the diversity of our faculty and staff contributions to enhance campus climate, particularly for underrepresented and marginalized communities
Promotion of programs, initiatives, and/or projects that foster a diverse and inclusive campus culture
Creation of strategic partnerships that help advance institutional change related to equity and diversity
Efforts to increase diversity within one’s academic or administrative unit and/or the University
Efforts to use scholarly and/or creative work to enhance the success of students and faculty of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds
Each nomination must address the key areas that form the basis for nomination
The nomination should be accompanied by a one page summary and two letters of support from senior colleagues, one of whom is considered by the community to be a representative of diversity within the institution.
The deadline for submission of nominations: March 15, 2021.
The Selection Committee shall be the elected members of the Executive.