Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.91
Liaison Lindsay Walker
Submission Date Oct. 24, 2019

STARS v2.2

Humber College
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

The Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning and the University of Guelph-Humber (hereafter referred to as “Humber” or “the College”) has the right, as well as the legal and moral responsibility, to ensure that all its members are treated fairly, equitably, and respectfully, in order to provide a learning, living and working environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. This policy outlines Humber’s position related to acceptable and unacceptable behavior with respect to human rights and the responsibilities of the College, students and employees.


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:

o Our process is to inform students of their options for recourse, often referring them to Human Rights, Equity and Diversity office.
o Should they choose not to proceed with that route, we may refer them to counselling, or other community organizations that can offer ongoing support related to the particular issue they are facing. Example: student needing refugee application assistance on the basis of persecution for sexual orientation is referred to refugee and newcomer services.
o Student conduct is another option if there is an incident involving another student, and is directed to our Office of Student Conduct.

Human Rights Policy: https://humber.ca/legal-and-risk-management/index.php?q=policies/human-resources/human-rights-policy.html
Human Rights Complaint Resolution Procedures: https://humber.ca/legal-and-risk-management/procedures/human-rights-complaint-resolution-procedures.html

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:

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

The mission of the Community Outreach and Workforce Development (COWD) is to support people in our communities that may not traditionally access education and employment. They do this by collaborating with Humber Schools and departments in partnerships with community agencies and government to offer a broad range of programs and services to assist youth, Aboriginal Peoples, immigrants to Canada, unemployed and underemployed individuals, to enter postsecondary education, apprenticeships and meaningful work opportunities.
Humber’s Youth Transition Program (YTP) is a post-secondary access program that assists local youth, 19-29 to transition successfully to college whether they have completed high school or not. Participants in the free 7-week Youth Transition Program, will have an immersive post-secondary experience that includes advising, mentoring, career exploration, and core academic skill-building. Participants will also be able to take part in a variety of hands-on learning opportunities in areas like Media, Science, Business or Design. Transportation and lunch is provided, as well as a morning snack. The program times are 10-2:30, 3 days a week plus a weekly scheduled advising appointment. Students will also earn a bursary that will waive the cost of their college applications and/or associated testing fees. They will also receive ongoing Humber support in the form of an advisor for up to a year after completing the program. This program is a great transition into Academic Upgrading or applying directly to post-secondary programs.

Humber offers bridging programs for foreign trained professionals in Engineering, IT and Supply Chain which are 10 to 21 week short intensive programs that help newcomers restart their careers. The programs offer technical training, one-on-one employment support, and connections to employers, as well as resume and interview support to help participants land jobs after graduating.

Humber College also offers Pre-Apprenticeship and training opportunities for underrepresented groups such as youth, indigenous people and women. These programs helps them discover unique programs and services that support them to reach their potential and attain their employment and academic goals, through hands-on practical programming designed to provide training that is employment focused and based on current labour market needs.
Programs include: Pre-Apprenticeship programs for youth, Horticulture Technician Pre-Apprenticeship for women, Youth Enrichment at Humber (YEAH) for Aboriginal youth.

There is no formal recruitment program for staff specifically for Humber. However, some of our graduates are qualified for internal positions and have been successful in gaining positions (e.g. Bindu Kansara, a graduate from the bridging program is now a faculty member in the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology). The bridging and pre-apprenticeship programs have job developers as program supports to help graduates get jobs relevant to their skills. In the case of pre-apprenticeships, it is possible for bridging grads to land positions with Humber or elsewhere depending on available job opportunities. In addition to the help of job developers, bridging programs also host employer events, networking events and mentorship opportunities as supports for grads looking to enter the workforce.

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

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

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

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

Humber's Diversity Committee (described in PA-4) promotes leadership, innovation, collaboration and information sharing on all matters relating Employment Equity and Diversity within the college. The committee works within the college to increase representation many underrepresented groups within its faculty and staff. More information about the support for related to faculty and staff specifically is noted in the committee description of PA-4.

Counselling, peer tutoring and academic support services are available and free to all Humber students. Specific programs are in place to support the success and retention of aboriginal students, students with disabilities and LGBTQ students.

Humber's Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Diversity supports the Humber's Student Federation with training that provides the skills necessary to meet the needs of the LGTBQ community within the student body.

Humber's First Year Experience (FYE) program has a cohort for first generation students. More information can be found here: http://www.humber.ca/student-life/fye/supports-services/first-in-family

Humber's LGBTQ+ Resource Centre offers drop in for students to connect with one another and build those relationships for peer support, particularly as it relates to issues around sexual orientation and gender identity. The LGBTQ+ Resource Centre works to provide a safer space for LGBTQ+ students to connect with one another and build community. We offer resources and refer students to programs and services on and off campus that will aid in their success and overall health and well-being. We strive to create opportunities for students to develop a sense of belonging within the larger Humber community by promoting visibility and providing support. Humber's LGBTQ+ Resource Centre also:
- refers students in distress to counselling
- don't directly offer academic support, but do often provide information to students seeking to learn more about gender and sexual diversity, either for personal interest or academic reasons
- offer weekly discussion groups in the fall and winter semesters for LGBTQ identified students, we explore a variety of topics that directly impact LGBTQ communities.
The Humber's LGBTQ+ Resource Centre primarily serves students, but everyone is welcome to drop in to the Centre. There is a library and other resources available to all (students, staff or faculty). When the centre is open, there is someone there to speak to and can make referrals as needed.

The Gender and Sexual Diversity Committee’s (GSDC) advances an inclusive, accessible, intersectional, and affirming campus for LGBTQ+ communities at Humber. The GSDC leads social programming and networking opportunities focused for LGBTQ+ staff and faculty at Humber.

The Easy Start Transition Program for students with disabilities aims to provide new students with resources and information to assist in transitioning to post-secondary studies at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber. The program includes interactive opportunities to explore Humber’s services and learn about accessing academic accommodations. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with returning students registered with Accessible Learning Services.

BASE- The Black Academic Success and Engagement (BASE) program seeks to provide students who identify as Black with; a community, resources and support to help them fully maximize on their college experience. At its core, The BASE is committed to highlighting the successes and strategies employed by students in order to ensure greater outcomes for the community at Humber College and in the wider post-secondary space in Canada.

Aboriginal Resource Centre- The Aboriginal Resource Centre works in partnership with regional Aboriginal communities to ensure Aboriginal students are supported and connected to their learning environment- academically, culturally and socially. ARC assists Aboriginal students in making the transition and adjustment to the challenges of college life while creating an awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal culture and history in the greater campus community.

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?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Humber residence offers all gender living options (students opt in with a mandatory question on the residence application) in both suite and single room buildings. All gender 3-piece washrooms are available R building (single rooms).

All-Gender Washrooms North Campus: http://www.humber.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/humber-college-north-campus-main-floorplan.pdf

All-Gender Washrooms Lakeshore Campus East: http://www.humber.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/humber-college-lakeshore-campus-east-floorplan.pdf

All-Gender Washrooms Lakeshore Campus West: http://www.humber.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/humber-college-lakeshore-campus-west-floorplan.pdf

Humber's Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Diversity coordinates the college's employment equity efforts. The plan includes:

-Attending community events and representing Humber college in the GTA community
-Maintaining visibility by advertising in media targeted at under-represented groups, including women, visible minorities, people with disabilities and aboriginal persons.
-Sponsoring children from high-risk communities to attend youth camps
-Hosting an employment open house specifically targeting under-represented groups.
Humber College is also a member of the Canadian Association for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education.

Gender and Sexual Diversity Committee – Terms of Reference

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