Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.39
Liaison Christine Pinkham
Submission Date March 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

British Columbia Institute of Technology
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution engaged in a structured assessment process during the previous three years to improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus?:

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:

The new BCIT Anti-Racism Framework launched in spring 2021. The BCIT Anti-Racism Working Group participated in a series of facilitated weekly dialogues throughout the summer and fall of 2020. Their work was instrumental in identifying areas of strength in existing resources and highlighting four priority action areas that fall into four categories:
• Education and Awareness
• Data Collection
• Human Resources and
• Inclusive Learning Environments.

In fall 2020, BCIT faculty, staff, and students participated in a community-wide Thought Exchange on how BCIT can better address racism in our community. Hundreds of participants generated over 300 thoughts, all of which were rated and ranked according to how the ideas resonated with the participants. The feedback and ideas received were used to build out the BCIT Anti-Racism Framework.

Does the assessment process address campus climate by engaging stakeholders to assess the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of employees and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success?:

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity?:

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs, and initiatives:

The findings of the assessment will be released to the BCIT Community in spring 2021. The Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion (RDI) office has collaborated with various BCIT departments on a number of initiatives to fulfill the priorities identified in the Framework:

• The Broadcast & Media Communications department, RDI, and the BCIT Alumni Association have partnered to present “Moving Forward – Let’s talk Anti-Racism”, a set of exclusive interviews featuring two high-profile BCIT alumni that aired on March 15. https://commons.bcit.ca/news/2021/03/moving-forward-lets-talk-anti-racism/
• A follow-up session on March 24 titled “Diversity Circles Anti-Racism Dialogue”, led by Diversity Circles celebrated and discussed the project and continued the conversation.
• Several new education and awareness initiatives have launched including a monthly newsletter from the RDI Office. Each edition features a theme related to Diversity and Inclusion, and guest authors from our community.
• New Respectful Workplace Training was released in January.
• The new Unconscious Bias online training course was released on the Employee Learning Hub on March 21 - in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
• A new workshop on dealing with Microaggressions will also be available through the RDI Office spring 2021.
• Ongoing assessments of barriers faced by the BCIT community related to diversity and inclusion, including a planned Institute-wide survey, focus groups, and stakeholder consultations will be continued.
• February celebrated Black History Month and Pink Shirt Day and the RDI Office and Diversity Circles hosted the following workshops:
o February 17 - Dealing With Microaggressions Workshop
o February 17 - Diversity Circles: Diversity Includes Everyone: Student Panel on How to Be An Ally
o February 24 - Diversity Circles & BCITSA & FSA – Pink Shirt Day Anti-Racism Workshop

Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:

April 2021. To be posted on https://www.bcit.ca/respect/ April 2021.

Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary (upload):

Website URL where the diversity and equity assessment report or summary is publicly posted:
Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity assessment efforts is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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