The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) at the University of Toronto is a central hub and incubator for data science research, training, and partnerships. Data Sciences is defined as the science of collecting, manipulating, storing, visualizing, learning from, and extracting useful information from data in a reproducible, fair and ethical way.
In 2021 the University of Toronto launched the DSI to unify data sciences research across the University, its affiliated research institutes, and external partners. The DSI leverages the University’s leadership and expertise in the foundational and emergent fields of data sciences. Our programs and initiatives are designed to facilitate collaboration, as well as the development and application of new data science methodologies and tools in a training-focused environment.
Our goal is to accelerate the impact of data sciences across disciplines to address pressing societal questions and drive positive social change.
We focus on the following strategic objectives to towards our mission.
The DSI seeks to catalyse and support research at the vanguard of data science. By promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in both our membership and the research questions, methods, and approaches of our members’ work, the DSI will advance robust and inclusive excellence in data science research and training. The following two principles therefore underpin the DSI’s approaches to EDI:
The DSI reflects these principles in each aspect of our strategic plan, our governance structure, and our metrics of success.
The DSI Community is committed to a safe, inclusive and welcoming space for all. This includes:
The DSI Community supports the principles of equity, inclusion, and diversity where participants, partners, and collaborators of all backgrounds, lived experiences, identities, and walks of life feel welcome, supported, and respected. We are committed to nurturing a sense of community where a difference of opinion and perspective that embodies mutual respect, collaboration, and professionalism is encouraged. We are unwavering in our commitment to maintaining an environment for all members of the DSI community to participate fully and thrive.
We will not tolerate behaviour or conduct that compromises the respectful and inclusive nature of our community and programming, including but not limited to:
There is a zero-tolerance policy and the DSI reserves the right to revoke privileges and access to all DSI Community space, programming, events, and resources for anyone who violates the guidelines and principles in this Code of Conduct.
The DSI Community is supported by engaged and passionate individuals who participate as members and give back as volunteers in roles including mentor, advisor, speaker, etc. We are grateful for their time and expertise, which adds insight and value to our activities.
It is expected that any member or volunteer engaging with the DSI Community agrees to abide by the Code of Conduct and furthermore, understands, acknowledges, and agrees in writing to the following terms:
The DSI reserves the right to uphold these policies and commitments and remove any member or volunteer found not adhering to the Code of Conduct from participating in the DSI Community.
Disclaimer: Please note that the DSI and the University of Toronto do not in any way screen those voluntarily participating in community activities, nor do they inquire into the backgrounds of the participants or attempt to verify the statements of the participants.