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The University of Waterloo announced the opening of a tenure track position last month, which is only available to “qualified individuals who identify themselves as women, transgender, non-binary or bi- spirits.”
The University’s Faculty of Environment is looking for applicants with experience in geography, geosciences, environmental sciences or sustainability to become a member of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council Tier 2 Canada Research Chair.
Applicants are asked to complete a self-identification form to ensure that they fall into one of the four categories for which the job is open, to “address the under-representation of individuals from stock-earning groups among our Canada Research Chairs.”
“Because this is a special opportunity for a specific member of the four designated groups, the applicant’s self-identification information will be used for screening and consideration purposes,” the university said.
Although the University of Waterloo is a public institution that prohibits discrimination based on gender, it may implement “special programs” under the Ontario Human Rights Code that are “designed to assist people experiencing adversity, economic hardship, inequality, or discrimination.” in this case those who identify themselves as women, transgender, non-binary or bi- spirits.
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“Two-spirit” is a gender variant that originated in Native American culture, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Traditionally, Native American bisexuals were male, female, and sometimes intersex individuals, combining activities of both men and women with characteristics unique to their status as bisexuals,” the department explains.
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The tenure track position, first reported by College Fix, was open to applicants from March 21 to April 22.
The University of Waterloo did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.