Beyond citations: from academia to the workplace

Diversity and inclusion practitioners and academics who conduct research on issues of diversity often share a common goal: to make meaningful social impacts and to effect change within their communities.

However, on-the-ground practitioners are often strapped for time to reflect on and engage in theoretical conversations surrounding the themes of diversity and inclusion. They also sometimes lack resources to draw on for empirical evidence. At the same time, researchers and academics face obstacles when trying to broaden the reach of their fieldwork and thus struggle to make their work useful for others.

To address this gap, CCDI has launched Beyond Citations, to help graduate students mobilize their work in meaningful way and help diversity practitioners access the latest research in the field.  

How to apply

Graduate students (Master's and PhD) are invited to submit an executive summary of their research to be published on the CCDI website. Research could include a thesis, a chapter, a report, or any other previous publications. 

Submissions which meet our criteria will be posted on the CCDI website. Successful applicants will be awarded a one-year CCDI individual practitioner subscription (value: $199).


  • You must be enrolled in graduate studies at a Canadian institution
  • Your research must be related to diversity and inclusion and the Canadian workplace
  • Submissions must be in English (although all accepted submissions will be translated into French when published on the website) 

Submission instructions

All executive summaries must follow our proposed structure:

  • Brief bio (max. 60 words outlining your credentials, your institutional affiliation, academic research areas of interest)
  • Key words 
  • Methodology (max. 100 words)
  • Key findings (max. 500 words)
  • Impact on the workplace/ considerations for diversity and inclusion practitioners (max. 300 words)
  • Conclusion (max. 100 words)
  • Works Cited

A full manuscript or publication must be attached to the submission. There is no word limitation for this attachment.

  • Size 12 font, Arial
  • Works Cited should follow APA-style
  • Executive summaries should avoid academic jargon. Please consider that the audience is a business audience.
  • All submissions can be emailed to Yurkio Cowper-Smith, Coordinator, Consulting, with the subject line "Submission for Beyond Citations"
  • Note that there is no deadline. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Questions or queries can be directed to Yurkio Cowper-Smith

What does the process look like?

  1. Students submit their work via email.
  2. CCDI's research team will evaluate the submission based on the criteria posted (see Instructions noted above).
  3. Once submitted, applicants will be notified within two weeks if their submission has been accepted or not. If accepted, the applicant will be awarded an Individual Practitioner subscription (effective from date of submission acceptance).
  4. Once accepted, the applicant may be asked to make some minor revisions to their submission.
  5. Once content is finalized, CCDI will send the submission for translation and ensure the executive summary follows CCDI's style and branding guidelines.
  6. Submission will be posted on the website.

We expect the timeline from submission to publication to take approximately 1.5 months.