Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Below are some of the many resources available that we believe would be helpful to students. This webpage is always evolving and if you know of additional resources, please reach out to us at
Students who Identify as LGBTQ2+
The Pride Centre is a student service that strives to promote and represent a culture of affirmation through the celebration of individual diversity and choice in all areas of life. We address various equity sectors (anti-ableism, anti-racism, anti-colonialism, etc.) with a core focus on the intersections of 2SLGBTQ+ topics at the University of Ottawa. By hosting events, programming, offering resources and advocating for students, we look to create an environment of respect and acceptance with our communities and allies.
Fier départ / Start Proud, formerly known as Out On Bay Street, makes the student communities we serve the clear focus of what we do. We produce initiatives that provide career and professional development support to LGBTQIA+ students in Canada while building a national network of like-minded professionals to promote a workplace culture that is more diverse and inclusive.
The Rainbow Pages Business Directory was created to showcase 2SLGBTQ+ businesses and allies in the Nation Capital Region. The purpose of this directory is to promote, advocate, and support local pro-2SLGBTQ+ businesses to cultivate a diverse and welcoming community within The National Capital Region. We are here to increase the economic strength of the 2SLGBTQ+ and allied professionals through business development, leadership, advocacy, and visibility.
Through dialogue, education and thought leadership, we empower employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) Students
The University of Ottawa’s main campus is built upon the ancestral lands of the Algonquin Nation. The creation of the Indigenous Resource Centre (IRC) in 1997 (it used to be the Aboriginal Resource Centre) marked the beginning of a new relationship between the University of Ottawa and Indigenous learners. The IRC works closely with all university faculties and services to develop initiatives that support and benefit First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.
The Black Student Leaders Association will serve to assist and enhance the academic, social and philanthropic aspects of black students’ journey at the University of Ottawa. We will represent ourselves and the members of our community in a way that positively and truly reflects who we are and who we have potential to be as leaders in our own right; all the while paying homage to our ancestors and remembering our roots. We extend open arms to all students and faculty of all ethnic backgrounds.
The purpose of Onyx Initiative is to expand the Black Talent pipeline by fostering cohesive, mutually beneficial partnerships to close the systemic gap in the recruiting and selection of Black university and college students and recent graduates for roles in corporate Canada.
Students with Disabilities
Lime Connect represents the largest network of high-potential university students and professionals ─ including veterans ─ who happen to have disabilities in the world.
We are a global not-for-profit organization that's rebranding disability through achievement.
Funded by the Government of Ontario and powered by Magnet, Ability is a data-rich job‑matching technology platform. This free online portal provides resources that connect Ontario businesses directly with people living with disabilities.
Persons who Identify as Women
The Telfer Women in Management Network is passionate about gender equity and determined to achieve it.
We are here to foster meaningful relationships between students and female business leaders through unique events, workshops, and community engagement.
Persons with Down syndrome
EPIC has been dedicating to helping people with disabilities find work for the more than 30 years.
Important note: While EPIC provides its services outside of Canada, the resources on its website are still informative and relevant to Canadians with Down syndrome.
This website features a multitude of work success stories by individuals with Down syndrome. While the success stories are described very briefly, they provide inspiration and job ideas, along with clear evidence that there are many roles that can offer individuals with Down syndrome meaningful work.
Counselling Services is offering a number of wellness groups, including for students from racialized communities, students belonging to Black communities, and international students.
* Please note that the Telfer Career Centre does not intend to act as an expert regarding the resources made available to students and employers. The Telfer Career Centre Team recommends that you use due diligence when exploring external links.