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Inclusive Environments

An inclusive environment is one where everyone is respected equally, feels safe, and has access to the same benefits. As a member of the INRS community, you can help maintain inclusive and safe environments for people of every orientation and gender.

At INRS, we include all variables. Let’s stand together for gender and sexual diversity!

Want to help maintain an inclusive and safe environment?

Here are some tips*.

  • Read the INRS Harassment, Discrimination, and Incivility Policy (available in our normative documents).
  • Take the training offered by INRS on inclusive and safe environments for gender and sexual diversity.
  • Learn the vocabulary related to gender and sexual diversity by reading the Fondation Émergence’s and Interligne’s lexicons.
  • Remind your team and colleagues that there is a zero-tolerance policy for homophobic, lesbophobic, biphobic, and transphobic comments or any other discriminatory acts.
  • Learn how to recognize and confront homophobic, lesbophobic, biphobic, and transphobic violence and discrimination using the R.A.V.E.N. Approach.
  • Do not assume the sexual orientation or gender identity of others. You can avoid assumptions by asking open-ended questions, using inclusive communication and writing (PDF guide, in French only), and avoiding heteronormative and cisnormative stereotypes.
  • Respect and use your peers’ first names and pronouns and normalize sharing pronouns with others.
  • Remind people of INRS’s commitment to maintaining inclusive and safe spaces on your webpages and in your official communications.
  • Display the INRS stickers promoting safe and inclusive environments for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the places where you work and study.
  • Celebrate events such as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, as well as Pride Month, on your lab’s and research team’s social media accounts and webpages.

*By Géraldine Delbès, professor, and Maude Cloutier, doctoral student in biology at the Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie Research Centre.

Affiche Milieux inclusifs à l'INRS

Why share inclusive pronouns?

One way to create and normalize a space where people can share their pronouns is to start by sharing yours. Sharing pronouns is an important part of respecting everyone’s identity. People with diverse gender identities and gender expressions are not always able to publicly display their identity in their study or work environments, which means that they are often likely to be misgendered.

In some cases, sharing their pronouns may even lead to negative repercussions. Pronoun sharing is a way to support people of all gender identities and expressions in their daily lives and contribute to a safer, more inclusive workplace for the entire INRS community. See the electronic signature template on the intranet.


Upcoming training

New training sessions on safe and inclusive environments for gender and sexual diversity will be offered in the coming months. The entire INRS community will receive an email with information on these sessions.


All variables included

INRS makes equity, diversity and inclusion an institutional priority. Welcoming, recognizing, and ensuring the safety of sexually and gender-diverse individuals is part of the institution’s commitment to an inclusive environment for its entire community.


Show your colors

You can go to your research centre’s reception desk to get colourful stickers celebrating gender and sexual diversity. For the Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre, please contact the Academic Programs coordinator.


Are you being harassed, bullied, or discriminated against? You have options!

Homophobia, transphobia, lesbophobia, and biphobia can negatively affect the academic and work lives of sexually- and gender-diverse people. The consequences of such behaviours are significant: they create an unsafe work environment, increase anxiety, and make people feel unsafe or unwelcome in the community.

In Québec, sections 10 and 10.1 of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

No form of incivility, discrimination, or harassment whatsoever should be tolerated. INRS strongly encourages you to report events as soon as they occur. As set out in INRS’s Harassment, Discrimination, and Incivility Policy, you may file a complaint by sending an email to the Complaints Office.

Do you have questions about equity, diversity, and inclusion? Get in touch with us confidentially.