EDI Action Plan Builds Way to Greater Understanding
Newly Released Plan Charts Institution-Wide Goals
Empowering underrepresented voices and prioritizing initiatives that lead to tangible outcomes is the focus of Selkirk College’s freshly released Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan.
A living document that captures the college’s commitment to advancing vital equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work both within the institution and throughout the region, the 10-page plan provides a vision that will be carried forward toward broad goals that touch all areas of the post-secondary institution. The result of several years of dedicated work, the plan aims to grow understanding and spur action that will benefit students, employees and community stakeholders.
“I’m proud of Selkirk College for making this a priority and the leadership shown to get us to this point,” says Marissa Carrasco, the chair of the college’s EDI Advisory Committee. “To me, equity, diversity and inclusion involves an ongoing process of reflection. As individuals, we need to recognize that we all have existing biases and as an institution we need to identify systemic barriers. This reflection is vital in advancing our values and commitments.”
A document that aligns with the Government of Canada’s Dimensions Charter, the Selkirk College action plan is fundamental to identifying and addressing systematic barriers experienced by underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups and those in the 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
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