Gina Antonacci, Humber’s senior vice-president, academic.

“Humber College is committed to building and fostering an academic and teaching and learning environment that includes a diverse group of professors and instructors. Exposure to different knowledges, histories, lived experiences and cultural practices is critical to higher education. It is imperative that faculty and staff reflect the diverse lived experiences, demographics and populations of our learners and college community.” 

-Gina Antonacci,
senior vice-president, academic

Frequently Asked Questions

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Jason Seright, dean, Indigenous Education and Engagement.

“Hiring Indigenous faculty members is another step to advancing the recognition and importance of braiding Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing into the academic and teaching and learning experience. Ideally, the incoming Indigenous faculty members will foster innovation and collaboration through a student-focused approach while building mino nawendiwin (good relations) across the college 

-Jason Seright, dean, Indigenous Education and Engagement

Jason Hunter, vice-president students and institutional planning and acting vice-president, human resources and organization effectiveness.

“While we have made significant strides on strengthening our commitment to EDI, there is much more work to be done to ensure equality, inclusion and representation of all groups at Humber. We must work towards becoming an institution that intentionally provides representation, supports and resources for our Black and Indigenous campus community members and other deserving groups that are underrepresented at Humber.” 

-Jason Hunter, vice-president students and institutional planning and acting vice-president, human resources and organization effectiveness

Nalini Jugnundan, Humber’s interim director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

“We know from research that Black and Indigenous peoples are underrepresented in the higher education sector, especially in the classroom and instructional spaces. While hiring Black and Indigenous faculty is critical to Humber’s indigenization and EDI needs, it is only a part of the work required to address the racial equity gap and systemic anti-racism and underrepresentation in post-secondary education. Though not the only solution, this hiring initiative will help enhance EDI at Humber and show that we are addressing gaps and proactively contributing to a more equitable campus learning and working experience.” 

-Nalini Jugnundan, interim director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

John Stilla, senior dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences helps students develop their global citizenship skills through a theoretical and applied education focused on building understanding of the self and the diverse communities in which we all live and work. Critical to the success of such an education is ensuring students have the opportunity to learn from faculty with a diverse range of identities, lived experiences, and knowledges..”

-John Stilla, dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences 

Ongoing Initiatives to Support Diversity and Inclusivity

Humber continues to take important steps toward creating an inclusive and diverse community. Below is a list of current and ongoing initiatives that support our commitment to addressing human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion.

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    EDI Framework and Strategy

    In the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, Humber College identified in Strategic Priority #7 a commitment to build a diverse and inclusive community of exceptional students, faculty and staff and to support a healthy and inclusive community which is reiterated under Strategic Pillar #3 (Healthy and Inclusive Community).

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    Employment Equity Report

    The Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion invites all full-time and non-full-time employees to complete the Employment Equity Questionnaire annually. 

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    Indigenous Education plan

    Humber's 2021-2023 Indigenous Education Plan reiterates the college’s longstanding commitment to Indigenous learners, families, communities and organizations. The IEP also supports the principles outlined in CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Report and Calls to Action, and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Taskforce

    In the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, Humber identified as its Strategic Priority #7 to continue to build a diverse and inclusive community of exceptional students, faculty and staff. This priority is listed under Strategic Pillar #3 – Healthy and Inclusive Community. Members of the College and community make up the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Taskforce that works alongside the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion.

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    Indigenous Education and Engagement Department

    Indigenous Education & Engagement works in partnership with regional Indigenous communities to ensure Indigenous students are supported and connected to their learning environment- academically, culturally and socially. We assist Indigenous students in making the transition and adjustment to the challenges of college life while creating an awareness and appreciation of Indigenous culture and history in the greater campus community.

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    BlackNorth Initiative

    Humber signed on to the BlackNorth Initiative CEO Pledge in July 2020. Through endorsing the BlackNorth Initiative, Humber commits to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians.

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    Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Charter

    Humber signed the Dimensions Charter in September 2019. Through endorsing the Dimensions Charter, Humber commits to adopting the principles throughout the College's policies, practices and culture to achieve greater equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). This commitment reflects ongoing and productive engagement with the Humber community.

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    Employee Resource Groups

    Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led groups that foster a diverse and inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals, business practices, and objectives. Humber launched the Black/Afrcian ERG in September 2020 and the LGBTQ+ ERG in November 2020.

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    The Equity and Inclusion Committee at Humber

    The Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) promotes leadership, innovation, collaboration and information sharing on all matters relating to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and the Employment Equity program within the college.

For more information, contact Nalini Jugnundan, interim director, Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion at nalini.jugnundan@humber.ca.