Equity Ethos Statement

The development of this statement contributes to Dalhousie’s strategic vision as a civic university and as a foundation for inclusion and distinction.

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility are necessary conditions for inclusive excellence, which includes our intentional efforts to attract and support a diverse mix of exceptional learners. Dalhousie University pledges to identify and eliminate barriers within university policies, regulations, procedures, and practices related to the recruitment, admission, retention, and success of historically and currently equity-denied learners. These learners may reflect one or more of the following identities:

  • Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Peskotomuhkati, and other Indigenous peoples
  • African Nova Scotian* and other Black and African peoples
  • Racialized persons
  • Persons with (dis)abilities – visible and invisible
  • Persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities
  • Persons whose gender is under-represented within a particular academic discipline
  • Former youth-in-care, and those who continue to experience the long-term effects of adverse childhood events
  • Asylum-seekers, refugees, and other learners who have been forcibly displaced due to persecution, violence, conflict, human rights violations; political instability, weak governance, and state repression; or natural hazards, disasters, and man-made environmental crises
  • Persons who traditionally have not had opportunity or access for post-secondary education because of economic, social, and cultural reasons; lack of formal education; or residence in non-urban areas 

*African Nova Scotians /Indigenous Blacks are a distinct people who descend from free and enslaved Black planters, Black loyalists, Black refugees, Maroons, and other Black people who inhabited the original 52 land-based Black communities in Mi’kma’ki.

Applicants are encouraged to self-identify upon application for admission to Dalhousie to receive information about academic programming, including unique pathways and access options and any designated scholarships and bursaries. Those who self-identify will be considered on an individual basis, and additional information may be required from the applicant by the applicable faculty, school, or unit. Where possible, several factors indicative of academic and personal readiness to succeed at Dalhousie will be considered. The academic and institutional culture will be enhanced by the value equity-denied students bring to Dalhousie.

The above ethos statement is meant to reinforce or bolster existing equity-related statements or regulations at the faculty/department level or serve as a reference point in instances where there is no such statement or regulation.

Regulations in all Academic Calendars fall under the jurisdiction of the University Senate as per Dalhousie’s constitution.


Final Dates for Receipt of Applications for Admission

Regular Session


DDS December 1
Dental Hygiene Diploma February 15
Bachelor of Dental Hygiene February 15
DDS Qualifying Program January 15
General Practice Residency Program October 15
Paediatric General Practice Dental Residency Program September 30
Master of Science in Periodontics June 1


MD Step 1 July 31
MD Step 2 September 3


Law January 10