Equity, diversity, and inclusion are central to Camosun's culture and values. Defining these ideas through a community-led process will enhance a common core of understanding and lead to the development of policy and practices for how we relate to students, employees and the wider community.
The Equity, Diversity & Inclusion policy student survey has now closed.
If you wish to participate in upcoming Student Focus Groups please contact: email@example.com
Camosun's values as articulated in our Strategic Plan reflect the need for an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion policy that can create a framework for those values to be articulated, understood, and enacted.
Camosun values will be reflected in our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) policy:
- Positive and supportive student experiences
- Lifelong learning
- An inclusive community
- An environment of respect and safety for all
- Our relationships with one another
Key elements of this policy
The foundations of this policy are equity, diversity, and inclusion. In order to develop a model that reflects our community, it is critical for collective dialogue to occur. This policy will be created by our community to serve our community. This process will provide a clear vision, both for the policy and the college directives that it will inform.
Policy statements will reflect and embody the values and commitments of the college toward building an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that is respectful and welcoming to all.
This work is being guided by students, staff, faculty, and administration, through their participation on the Student Policy Advisory and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working and Steering Committees. All members of the college community, including students and employees will be invited to provide input as part of the policy development process.
This policy work is being jointly led under the portfolios of the Student Experience and Education divisions and the Human Resources department.
Since November 2017, members of the Steering Committee, college-wide Working Committee and Student Policy Advisory have been meeting to shape and guide how this work could unfold in a good way, as a community-led process across our college community.
This has included looking at promising policy practices, principles for policy development, opportunities and strategies for college community engagement, creation of a policy development work plan and the legal/regulatory context of this important work.
Moving forward with this work was supported and endorsed by the College Executive Team in February 2018.
A student-survey was created, in which Camosun students shared their thoughts and feedback on what Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion means to them, what it looks like at the college, and what more the college can do to make the college a safe and respectful learning environment.
The policy development committee members are currently in the process of engaging with our wider campus community, including employees, to raise awareness around the significance of equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus.
An online survey is currently being developed to allow employees to provide input on what the terms "equity, diversity, inclusion" mean to them and what Camosun can do to integrate these values into the functions of the college. At the end of the survey, employees will be able to opt-in to focus groups for further engagement and dialogue.
Over the summer, we will analyze themes that emerge from all responses to the online student and employee surveys. We will also conduct focus groups with interested students and employees.
In the fall, we plan to conduct further focus groups, as well as one-on-one interviews to enrich the existing conversations around what Camosun can do to integrate the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.
We recognize the importance of training and learning opportunities around Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for students and employees. As such, we are currently working as a community to assess what those opportunities may look like in the coming months.
For more information about opportunities for engagement, please contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Development of an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion policy builds on our existing policy frameworks and relates to a series of provincial legislation. Some key policies are linked below.
Related policies and procedures
- 2015 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Report
- 2016 Policy Needs Assessment Report employee login required
- Academic Schedule Policy
- Admission Policy
- Employee Standards of Conduct
- Employment Equity
- Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
- Indigenization and Reconciliation Project Charter employee login required
- Indigenization (Policy in progress)
- Respectful Workplace
- Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy
- Student Conduct Policy
- Student Appeals Policy
- Student Complaints Process