Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.21
Liaison Chris Gardner
Submission Date Aug. 23, 2022

STARS v2.2

Douglas College
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.58 / 3.00
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
No

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:
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Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:
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Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

Douglas College has multiple programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups including:

Indigenous Recruiter Advisor
This is a new role at the College which will focus on developing relationships with various Indigenous communities in BC, as well as supporting prospective Indigenous students and parents who are interested in Douglas College programs. The role is housed within the Future Students’ Office, but will work collaboratively with Indigenous Student Services (ISS), the Student Support Navigator, and other key service areas.

Alternate School Visits and Group Tours
The College has begun building a network of Alternate School contacts around the Lower Mainland, whose communities often include a higher percentage of Indigenous and underrepresented students. The goal is to visit these schools on a regular basis, offering knowledge and support to students and counsellors interested in Douglas College programs.
Each year, the College receive campus tour requests from alternate education programs and Indigenous student groups. Our Student Staff and Professional Staff work (in partnership with the ISS team) to welcome and support these students on campus.

Training Group Presentations
In some cases, members of various underrepresented groups enrol in employment programs at Douglas through The Training Group. The Future Student Office (FSO) team is invited to speak to these students about the academic programs and pathways at Douglas, encouraging them to continue their studies in our community.

Pride Event Participation
One of our FSO staff sit on the Pride Advisory Group, and participate in events and activities geared towards this community. The intention is to communicate that Douglas College is a safe and inclusive space, and everyone is invited to join us.

Equity, diversity and inclusion lens & International Student Recruitment
Among Douglas College's goals are the principles of diversity and inclusion. With this in mind, the College strives to ensure the diversity in the staff and faculty is reflective of the incredible diversity of the students. At this time, the College is working on developing an equity, diversity and inclusion lens which hiring managers and recruiters can utilize when recruiting potential candidates. This tool will likely be made available to all staff by the winter of 2022. Additionally, Douglas College intentionally recruits students from across the world.


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

The Student Services Department at Douglas College offers Indigenous Student Services. This program provides Indigenous students culturally appropriate support services, 1:1 support with an Indigenous Student Advisor, assistance with future students, peer mentorship and support with transition into the workplace.
https://www.douglascollege.ca/student-services/student-support/indigenous-student-services

The College also offers peer support for international students through the International Student Mentorship program. Through this program, experienced international students offer mentorship to students who are new to Canada.
https://www.douglascollege.ca/student-services/student-life/new-student-orientation

The college has a Pride Staff committee, which is a peer support and advisory group. It is a goal of the College to create additional peer support groups in the coming year. The new Respect, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist will be helping support the development of these groups.

At this time, Douglas College does not have any mentoring or peer support programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups, however, this is something that the College will be exploring as we determine the actions for our equity, diversity and inclusion framework.


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
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Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The College does not currently have a non-discrimination statement, but there are several policies that are publicly accessible that relate to the College’s commitment to creating a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, free from discrimination. Some of these policies include; the Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Response Policy, Respectful and Inclusive Environment Policy, and the Human Rights Policy. Additionally, the college has the following hiring statement: "We are committed to being a workplace that is free of discrimination, that value diversity and is representative at all job levels of the communities we serve. We encourage applications from members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions and all other grounds included under the B.C. Human Rights Code."

At this time, Douglas College does not have training or teacher fellowships that aim to support students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members.

More information on the Programs listed in this submission can be found at the links below:

https://www.douglascollege.ca/student-services/student-support/student-support-navigator

https://www.douglascollege.ca/about-douglas/learn-about-douglas/core-purpose-vision-and-values

https://www.douglascollege.ca/about-douglas/campus-information/indigenization

https://www.douglascollege.ca/about-douglas/campus-information/careers-douglas-college/career-opportunities

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