Diversity and inclusion

Introduction

Diversity is a fact. It’s naturally occurring. We’re all diverse within ourselves, with a unique mix of values, beliefs and talents, not to mention characteristics like gender, sexual orientation, culture, language, and more. Diversity also exists among people and within institutions, with their many ways of doing and of being.

Inclusion takes effort. It’s how we try to bring out the unique strengths of individuals, groups and institutions. Research shows that by adopting and integrating inclusive practices and policies, and by managing them well, institutions and the people within them thrive. They become more engaged, innovative and productive.

One of the key aims of the Human Rights Office is to help people develop the skills needed to integrate inclusive practices in everything they do. 

Diversity and inclusion

Inclusive campus

What would an inclusive campus look like?

At its most fundamental level, an inclusive campus has three key elements:

  • it is free of barriers, harassment and discrimination;
  • it provides the opportunity for everyone to strive towards their full potential;
  • it actively seeks out differing perspectives, experiences and knowledge and uses these unique qualities to create safe, innovative and vibrant environments.

Let us know what you are doing to help create an inclusive campus and we'll share your efforts and successes with the rest of campus!

 

Human Rights Office commitment

The Human Rights Office is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment that promotes the understanding of and respect for dignity of the person as part of a University community that is free from harassment and discrimination. The office is also committed to leveraging diversity by offering the education and tools needed to create a more vibrant, innovative and inclusive campus, one where both the people and the institution can thrive.

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