Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Consultations for the new UPEI Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy  

UPEI Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Survey 

The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous and confidential to the UPEI Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office. 

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The UPEI Strategic Plan 2018–2023 identified that Inclusive Campus Culture is one of our five strategic priorities areas. In this vein the newly formed UPEI Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee has launched a consultation period for the development of a new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for the UPEI campus. The Steering Committee has adopted definitions to guide the discussions, and we want input from you.  

What does Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion mean? 

Equity

Equity is a principle of fairness in treatment, access to opportunity, and advancement for all members of the university community.  It requires acknowledging and seeking to eliminate systemic barriers and biases that have played a role in impeding the full participation of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.

Diversity

Diversity means differences between people.  This can relate to the groups protected by human rights legislation, and also within the university community refers to differences in beliefs, disciplines, education, and values. Understanding diversity requires recognizing that people have multiple and intersecting identities.

Inclusion

Inclusion is the creation of an experience where everyone on campus can be welcome, respected, and valued.  Inclusion requires recognizing that some groups have been historically and/or structurally disadvantaged, and meaningfully engaging with those individuals.

Consultation Themes 

The consultation process for developing the new UPEI Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy are focusing on five main themes:  

  1. Admissions and Student Success - Attracting a diverse student population, through equitable processes is important.  It is also critical to ensure that we retain those students and ensure they are supported to succeed, and feel welcomed, respected, and valued on campus.  
  2. Recruitment and Success of Faculty/Staff - Ensuring that UPEI is recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff requires attention to equity and a commitment to an inclusive campus culture.
  3. Teaching and Research - Teaching and research that reflect principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion serves to support our goals in innovation, creativity, and collaboration while building an inclusive campus culture for everyone.
  4. Organizational Systems - Institutional processes, practices and structures should be equitable. This requires responding to how historically and/or structurally disadvantaged groups experience those systems.
  5. Capacity Building - Working towards an inclusive campus culture will require building capacity to ensure individuals and units understand how to put principles into practice. This means making training and tools available. 

Strategy Development Timeline 
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Steering committee, members, and mandate 

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Written feedback is welcome before February 28, 2020.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office
UPEI, Kelley Memorial Building, Room 305
550 University Ave
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4P3
equity@upei.ca

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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