Humber endorsed the federal government’s new Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada Charter.
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport was joined by Chris Whitaker, Humber president & CEO, Nancy Simms, director of the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Diversity and John Walsh, vice-provost of the University of Guelph-Humber to sign the Dimensions Charter on Wednesday.
The Charter seeks to address systemic barriers in postsecondary education and research, particularly those experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups, including but not limited to, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups and members of the LGBTQ2+ communities.
“We’ve talked about these issues for a long time and I believe all voices need to be heard in the classroom, the field and the laboratory. Everyone needs to feel they are welcome, that they belong and can fulfill their future and I know this is important to Humber,” says Duncan.
By committing to the charter’s principles and by implementing actions to achieve its objective, Humber recognizes equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strengthen the research community, the quality, relevance and impact of research, and the opportunities for potential participants.
“Equity, diversity and inclusion are integral and critical elements of Humber’s strategic plan and academic mission,” said Simms. “By endorsing the program’s Charter and eight principles, we are further reinforcing our already strong commitment to these core values.”
Humber’s endorsement of the Charter 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.
“For our pillar focusing on Career Ready Citizens, this Charter will help us think strategically about providing innovative and creative applied research opportunities that help prepare students for their careers,” says Whitaker. “For our Accessible Education pillar, we will continue to develop strategies and best practices to attract, include and engage a diverse group of students into our programs and applied research opportunities.”
Humber's EDI Implementation Plan also incorporates the principles of the Dimensions Charter. For information on Humber’s EDI Implementation Plan, please visit the EDI Taskforce.