Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.01
Liaison Lindsay Walker
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Humber College
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.33 / 12.00 Lindsay Walker
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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Total number of employees that conduct research:

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

Research at Humber is primarily done through the Applied Research and Innovation (ARI) department, or the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) department, or through individual faculties. Faculty members who conduct research through ARI are asked to self-report if their project goals aligns with any of Humber College’s institutional research goals, one of which is sustainability. We extracted that information and also went through descriptions of other projects to determine if any were sustainability related. For CTL projects, CTL staff went through our projects in 2019-2022 and identified the ones that they felt met the criteria for sustainability based on the project’s description. For research conducted within the faculty, Associate Deans of each faculty were asked to determine any faculty members conducting research and sustainability research to ensure all relevant researchers were represented in this credit. Projects from all three sources are included in the attached inventory. Faculty members who do research with any combination of CTL, ARI, an individual faculty were only counted once in the number of faculty members who conduct research.

Humber’s Value: We preserve our collective future.

The Humber Learning Outcomes (HLOs): Humber is uniquely situated along the Humber River Watershed. Much like the river itself, our students and graduates act as connectors within a complex ecosystem of individuals and communities, locally and globally. Shaped by a diversity of perspectives, Humber graduates begin their journey to take on real-world challenges and contribute to society as career-ready citizens. Future-focused learning empowers graduates to become leaders who provide equitable and sustainable solutions that improve the complex ecosystems of today’s globalized societies. The skills and mindsets that allow our graduates to succeed make up the Humber Learning Outcomes. These HLOs transform learning experiences by preparing our graduates to navigate the world with intention. Collectively, our actions ripple outward to lead positive change

Mindsets are worldviews that are crucial to the well-being and prosperity of individuals and communities. As values, they inform how we approach challenging situations and interact with others. At Humber, we nurture three KEY MINDSETS that unite the Humber community and guide the behavior and actions of Humber graduates in work and life.

An equity, diversity & inclusion mindset enables us to create a fair, just and inclusive world. As equity-minded individuals, Humber graduates have a deep understanding of and respect for human diversity, intersectional identities and cultural complexity. They act with empathy, compassion and humility to remove barriers for equity-deserving groups and create equal opportunity for all individuals and communities. At Humber, equity-deserving groups refers to communities who were historically and who are currently underserved and underrepresented. These groups include women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, persons from diverse gender identities and persons who identify as LGBTQ+.

-empathy, compassion & humility
-equal opportunity
-global citizenship
-systems thinking

A sustainability mindset enables us to think and act with collective futures in mind. As sustainability-minded individuals, Humber graduates lead by example. They promote equitable and sustainable practices in their professional and personal lives. They act responsibly in environmental, economic and social ways that protect our planet and contribute positively to the well-being of our communities.

-anticipatory & futures thinking
-equity, diversity & inclusion
-flexibility & adaptability
-social justice, civic responsibility and environmental ethics
-strategic action
-systems thinking

A systems thinking mindset enables us to effect real change by harnessing the interconnectedness of all things. As systems thinkers, Humber graduates approach situations by knowing the limits of their own knowledge and engaging multiple perspectives. They ask “what if?” They are curious, compassionate and courageous thinkers who actively break down silos and promote holistic problem finding.
-equity, diversity & inclusion
-holistic problem finding
-multiple perspectives
-recognition of limits of knowledge

Office of Human Rights, Equity & Diversity definitions:
Equity: refers to the ongoing intentional and systemic approach to remove historic and current barriers for Indigenous Peoples and equity-deserving groups. Humber applies specific programs, policies and practices to support fair and just outcomes.

Diversity: refers to the different social, cultural and political identities of individuals and their worldviews, knowledges, practices, and experiences. Humber values and respects the contributions of its diverse students and employees leading to an enriched learning, working and living environment.

Inclusion: refers to the active and intentional engagement of people in all their diverse social, cultural and political identities that fosters a sense of belonging. At Humber, this engagement is grounded in respect, and all members of the college community are recognized as valued contributors. Inclusion is intrinsically connected to wellbeing and enriches innovation, sustainability and excellence in curricula, research, programs and services.

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