Humber’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee hosted Equity Hub Day at North Campus on Tuesday.
The event kicked off the academic year by bringing together campus resources and partners that are helping to create a more equitable and inclusive environment for students at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.
Students learned about 14 service areas around the campus including, the Aboriginal Resource Centre, Black Academic Success and Engagement, Community Outreach & Workforce Development, Humber Libraries and more.
These areas aim to provide opportunities for all students, while also working to remove barriers, biases and challenges to help them succeed in and out of the classroom.
By recognizing and showing the value diverse worldviews and experiences, events like this can bring members of the Humber community together. The Committee works to foster an inclusive environment, plan and implement strategies related to increasing diversity, equity and inclusive awareness among the Humber community, while providing education and training.
“The simplest thing to do as a student is attending events on campus. It’s important to recognize the events we host in order to generate a critical consciousness which is not something you see in a day-to-day experience,” says Sasha Ally, specialist in the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Diversity.
Ally addressed students at the event’s panel discussion, inviting them to attend upcoming events and sharing how Humber’s Strategic Plan is reflected in the work of the Equity, Diversity &Inclusion (EDI) Taskforce to incorporate more inclusive practices in academics, campus culture, the workplace, the community and more.
The EDI Taskforce is comprised of faculty, community members and students. Humber aims to reflect the diversity and intersectionality of the communities the College serves in helping to bring a sense of belonging to the campus and having opportunities available for all to be their authentic selves.
Maureen Carnegie, accessibility consultant from Accessible Learning Services and Devon Fernandes, sustainability specialist from Capital Development and Facilities Management, also joined the panel to speak about how the departments are making services accessible to all students and incorporating EDI into their practices.
“We are asking you to broaden your mind and the lens you are bringing to Humber and to challenge that,” says Fernandes. “Regardless of the field you are studying or practicing, you can incorporate EDI into it.”
In keeping with this priority, Humber recently endorsed the federal government’s new Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada. The Dimensions Charter seeks to address systemic barriers in postsecondary education and research, particularly those experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.
Humber’s endorsement of the Charter also demonstrates the college’s ongoing commitment to promoting a Healthy and Inclusive Community, which is one of the three strategic pillars outlined in Humber’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.