During the summer of 2015, Camosun hired a co-op student to research, analyze and make recommendation related to equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives at the college. The recommendations presented in this report were collected through research compiled from informational interviews with college employees and students, along with the evaluation of other institutions' diversity plans and programs.
About the report
Over the span of a six week period, 59 employees and students were interviewed from a variety of departments, schools, and employee groups. This group of interviewees helped maintain a diverse perspective of the college's current standing in regards to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
As a result of these interviews, four suggested areas of focus were discovered including: communication, safety and comfort, attracting diverse populations and integration of international students. This report covers the current challenges for each focus area as identified through the interviews and offers suggestions on how these challenges might be addressed.
The conversations also revealed areas in regards to equity, diversity, and inclusion where employees and students felt the college was successful. These areas include, but are not limited to: hiring practices, membership in the Community Partnerships Network and workshops/courses related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
As a result of this project, it has been recognized and recommended by the Diversity Advisory Committee that the college could benefit from hiring a part-time FTE (full-time equivalent) to support the ongoing work of diversity at Camosun. This report outlines the duties and responsibilities that would be carried out by a Diversity Coordinator if the college chooses to employ one.