About

The University of Toronto Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is a central hub and incubator for data science research, training, and partnerships at the University of Toronto.

Goal

Our goal is to accelerate the impact of data sciences across disciplines to address pressing societal questions and to drive positive social change.

Objectives

The DSI intends to blur traditional academic boundaries, employing an interdisciplinary approach to achieve several key objectives:

Integrate: Provide opportunities for integration of foundational and applied research.

Support: Develop supports for innovative research and training programs at the convergence of fields.

Promote: Research excellence and accelerate research translation across disciplines and into the public domain.

Connect: Provide a central point of wayfinding for data science-related research partnerships.

Advance: Set a university-wide standard for equitable, inclusive, and transparent practices in data science.

History

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. Its 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

Code of Conduct

The DSI Community is committed to a safe, inclusive and welcoming space for all. This includes:

  • physical co-working and event space, where we congregate, network, learn, and build our research projects and training initiatives, and
  • the virtual environments we create to support one another, inspire research activity and training, mentor and be mentored, and grow as people and partner organizations.

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:

  • verbal threats or physical violence,
  • speech or behaviour that is deemed xenophobic, sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory or offensive in nature, or
  • intimidation or harassment online or in-person.

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.

Members and Volunteers

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:

  • Will declare any actual or potential conflict of interest that you may have to the DSI Director of Operations and Strategy or relevant DSI lead.
  • Will abide by University of Toronto Policies and Procedures including, but not limited to: Sexual Harassment, Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Excellence, Statement on Human Rights, and Statement on Prohibited Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment as applicable to you in your role. Specific policies can be found on the Human Resources and Equity website here.

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.