Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.59
Liaison Chris Adam
Submission Date Sept. 7, 2020
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Dawson College
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 2.00 Chris Adam
Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:
Yes

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

The Human Resources department has numerous policies and implements progressive provincial legislation including:
1. Dawson College policy to stem violence, discrimination, harassment, and abuse of power
2.Dawson Accessibility Centre: The centre offers a variety of services to evaluate and meet the needs of students with documented disabilities and for whom the disability significantly and persistently impacts learning. Services are available for students registered in day or evening credit courses. link: https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/student-accessibility/
3. The Accessibility centre has a Student Inclusion Solution Assistive Technology Lab for special needs student use for exams. Link: https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/student-accessibility/student-accessability-lab/
We provide reasonable accommodations for students with a diagnosis of hearing, visual, motor or organic impairments, learning disabilities, neurological and/or mental health disorders. Services are also offered to students who, due to an accident or illness, will require temporary support. The Centre supports more than 1000 students annually. The special needs areas in 2019-20 are:
Auditory 2%
LD 35%
Mental Health 23%
Motor 3%
Neurological 25%
Organic 5%
Visual 2%
Temporary 5%
Dawson partnership in the CRISPECH centre is a leading "think tank" and research engine in the field of inclusion of special needs students within schools and professionally. CRISPESH – Centre de recherche pour l’inclusion scolaire et professionnelle des étudiants en situation de handicap is a CCTT, un centre collégial de transfert de technologie, affiliated with Dawson College and Cégep du Vieux Montréal. The Center was officially recognized in 2010 by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur.
4. Dawson Peace Centre: In the aftermath of the 2006 shooting at Dawson College, staff, students and faculty expressed a desire to prevail against violence through nonviolence and education. Rather than hire more security or arm the security on campus or purchase metal detectors we built a 22,000 square foot peace garden on the campus grounds, launched an large scale conference on nonviolence and education and created and staffed the Dawson College Peace Centre. The Dawson College Peace Centre offers yearly extra-curricular programming, often open to the broader public, free of cost. Our staff also works with faculty teaching in the Peace Studies Certificate to provide administrative resources like grant writing and management, professional development opportunities and much more.


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Most

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Most

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Most

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

1. All managers participated in full day training on stemming violence and workplace harassment
Workshops
2. Staff workshops offered during stemming violence and workplace harassment - open to all staff
3. Workshops on professional development days on Universal Design and Accessibility
4. Dawson Peace Centre - staffed with two full-time employees: workshops and programs on decolonization, peace & non-violence, environmental diplomacy, woman's issues, diversity, inclusion & social equity, habitat restoration projects as part of well-being https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/peace-centre/about-us/
"The Hive" has a permanent staff member supports students from the LGBT community
The Campus Life & Leadership team has major college-wide cultural events yearly. Black History week, International Cultures week; Indigenous culture and dining.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The mission of the Cegep (college) system is to provide an excellent well rounded education that reflects the cultural and ethnic diversity of Quebec and the world, fosters personal and social development and leads to meaningful employment and further academic study. At Dawson, students enjoy an international community of scholarship reflected in the curriculum, and in the diversity of the student population, faculty and staff.
Specialized research - Centre for Research in the Integration of students with Special Needs: CRISPESH – Centre de recherche pour l’inclusion scolaire et professionnelle des étudiants en situation de handicap is a CCTT, un centre collégial de transfert de technologie, affiliated with Dawson College and Cégep du Vieux Montréal. The Center was officially recognized in 2010 by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur.
Respect Initiative: https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/respect/.

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