Presidents’ Practices and Perspectives on EDI

Frequently Asked Questions

What is EDI?

Each Canadian university will have its own definitions for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The following definitions are based on language from the federal government, UBC, DU and UC Berkeley.

Equity: The removal of systematic barriers and biases so all individuals are treated fairly and have equal access to opportunities for education, employment and advancement. Equity recognizes that some groups have been historically disadvantaged in accessing educational and employment opportunities. Equity takes differences into account to ensure fair processes and outcomes.

Diversity: The presence of a range of human attributes and qualities, including but not limited to differences in race, colour, place of origin, religion, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, socio-economic status, and geographies (rural vs urban).

Inclusion: Creating an environment and culture where any individual or group can feel welcomed, respected, valued and supported.

What is Inclusive Excellence?

Universities Canada’s Inclusive Excellence Principles are available here.

Inclusive Excellence is a commitment to the principles and values of equity, diversity and inclusion in the pursuit of institutional excellence in teaching, research, community engagement and governance. Universities pursuing inclusive excellence recognize that success is dependent on how well they include, value and engage a diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni to achieve their mission. All individuals on campus, beginning with university presidents, have a role in enabling inclusive excellence. Source: DU.

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