Our Ideal – What We Aspire To Be And Do
The Equity and Inclusion Office is a central resource where expertise is proactively drawn upon by administrators, faculty, staff, and students: to advance unit-specific and institutional equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility goals; to enact inclusive excellence principles; and to establish respectful living, learning, and working environments that are free from harassment and discrimination, and sexual violence including through timely and procedurally fair investigative and alternative dispute resolution processes.
Our Purpose – Why We Exist
The Equity and Inclusion Office promotes and supports institution-wide commitments to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility, and principles of inclusive excellence, to foster a campus culture and community that respect the human rights, integrity and dignity of all community members.
Our Approach – How We Do Our Work
The Equity and Inclusion Office (EIO) has a broad mandate to work with campus and community partners: to proactively identify and address campus-wide systemic equity and inclusion issues; to play a central role in campus advising, awareness-raising, education and training on accessibility, equity and inclusion; and to support the development and implementation of policies and practices for effective, timely and procedurally fair response and resolution to incidents of harassment, discrimination, and sexual violence, including investigative services.
The work of the EIO is guided by the following values and principles:
- Integrity and Quality of Programs and Services:
providing confidential, fair, consistent, transparent, timely, and informed programs and services
- Intersectional Approach to Community-Building:
attending to the distinct needs marginalized groups and being responsive to how interlocking inequities impact marginalization, while engaging and building community
- Transformative Change with Compassionate Critique:
promoting relational and educational approaches to examining individual (personal) attitudes and behaviours, while urging systemic (structural and cultural) change