Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.29
Liaison Bonnie Dong
Submission Date Oct. 30, 2014
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MacEwan University
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Catherine Davis-Herbert
Director, Student Life
Vice President Student Services Office
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity and equity on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on one or both of the following?:
Yes or No
Student diversity and equity Yes
Employee diversity and equity Yes

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

No, we do not have a designated diversity and equity committee or office at MacEwan University, but a variety of disparate University initiatives and services support inclusivity within a civil campus community. These include the operational work done by Student Services via its Student Life’s Services to Students with Disabilities, Wellness and Psychological Services, Student Leadership Development and Community Engagement. Security Services and Human Resources are also involved in the provision of a safe, productive and supportive work/learning environment at MacEwan. Integrated or multidisciplinary teams or committees such as the Student of Concern, the MacEwan Diversity Project, Student Success, Student Participation in Governance Working Group, Student Services Policy Committee, U Solve and others are deeply engaged in issues pertaining to diversity/inclusivity; these inherently support our compliance to legislation pertaining to AB Human Rights. MacEwan’s value pillars watermark us as a whole in having a unified commitment to the development of the “whole” person within a “connected culture”. SAMU leadership is heavily involved in many of these committee and initiatives. http://www.macewan.ca/wcm/ExecutiveandGovernance/BoardofGovernors/UniversityPhilosophyandDirection/index.htm#4


Student Services Policy Committee:
This committee is charged under the authority of the Academic Governance Council of the University with a set of policies that primarily relate to the student experience outside of academics. These currently include: E3001 Student Government, E3101 Student Rights and Responsibilities, E3102 Student Discipline, E3103 Student Appeals, E3206 Recognition of Contribution to Student Life and Student Government, E3400 Students with Disabilities. These policies have a wide impact across an array of services and offices, and have a direct impact on students' lives and experiences at MacEwan University. The committee reviews existing policies and can recommend the creation of new policies so that the institution's policies are responsive to the changing context of society, students' lives and expectations, university vision and planning, legal and legislative compliance, and best practices. These policies speak to the whole university community and act as a tool to operationalize MacEwan University's core values for respect, integrity, citizenship and environmental stewardship. This committee will be merging with the Student Success Committee by June 2015. http://www.macewan.ca/wcm/ExecutiveandGovernance/BoardofGovernors/PolicyManual/index.htm

MacEwan University Diversity Project
Volunteers can be contacted for support, assistance in navigating other services, or if a student, staff, or faculty member is interested in joining the committee. The MacEwan University Diversity Project aims to bring visibility and resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, queer, questioning, (LGBTTQ) and allied communities. With a growing LGBTTQ student body at MacEwan University they strive to educate university students, staff, and faculty about the community. This group offers initiaves and opportunities, such as the Sticker Campaign, to invite MacEwan University and Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) employees to show their support of the LGBTTQ community on campus. Those displaying a sticker are committed to offering support, providing information, and directing individuals to other resources.

Other Past Events:
• Edmonton Pride Festival - June 7, 2014
• InQUEERies to walk in the Edmonton Pride Parade on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
• Supporting the InQueeries student club
• Diversity training
• Classroom Speakers Series
• Community mixers


The full-time equivalent of people employed in the diversity and equity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer is available:

Does the institution make cultural competence trainings and activities available to all members of the following groups?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Staff Yes
Faculty Yes
Administrators Yes

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:

The Centre for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ) has been running a range of programming that deals directly with cultural competence. They have ongoing offerings for faculty related to Diversity (for example the “(RE)Doing Difference: A New Approach to Equity and Inclusion Workshop Series” which provides opportunities for faculty to engage in discussion and dialogue to identify barriers to inclusive curriculum and pedagogy ) and the cross-cultural classroom (e.g., the “Getting Onto the Same Page: Teaching Academic Integrity Across Cultures” workshop, which provides faculty with insights into defining, understanding, and teaching academic integrity across cultures to ensure international and ESL students succeed and avoid policy violations.) In Fall 2014, CAFÉ will be starting a Faculty Learning Community on Diversity/Difference, as well as one on Internationalization.

Global Awareness Week:
MacEwan University’s Global Awareness Week is an annual event held during late January-early February. Through a collaboration between MacEwan International and the Students’ Association of MacEwan University a week-long series of activities raises awareness of global issues ranging from human rights, gender equality, and poverty eradication to international peace and environmental sustainability. The goal of the week is to inspire MacEwan University students, faculty and staff to become more active and informed global citizens. The week also serves to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism and to promote dialogue and discovery.

Victims of Sexual Violence and Supporters against Violence:


Aboriginal Students:
The Aboriginal Education Centre offers a diverse range of services, including academic counselling, personal support services, and cultural programming. Cultural activities include an annual feast, Aboriginal Cultural Day, and an Elders-In-Residence program. Aboriginal Elders are invited throughout the year to share their knowledge and traditions through workshops and special sessions. The Centre is a unique community environment where students gather, study, and learn. All are welcome.


Disabled Students:

New Students and First in Family or First Gen Students:

Career Services:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphcqfaWCkt8LRfH3gzOd943UVsF3rqJV Going Global Educational Series


Lynda.com is a library of online training resources and tutorials that are taught by industry experts. The service is available for MacEwan University students, staff, and faculty to access at anytime, anywhere. It offers various resources that relate to developing cultural competence skills, including:
- "Communicating Across Cultures" course that teaches the importance of understanding underlying values, beliefs, and history in order to effectively communicate in a cross-cultural business setting.
- "Communicating across devices, continents, and cultures" tutorial teaching tips for managing remote teams across continents.
- "Appreciating diversity" tutorial teaching how appreciating diversity is key to building relationships and developing emotional intelligence.
- "Harnessing diversity" tutorial discussing how diversity is a driver of creativity and the benefits of having functional, gender, and cultural diversity when creating a team.

MacEwan University has also hosted speakers that have lectured on various aspects of diversity and culture. Examples include:
- On February 26, 2014, Dr. Shiv Ganesh, professor of Communication at Massey University in New Zealand, delivered a public lecture at MacEwan University about the principles and processes of communicating from one culture to another and barriers to success in intercultural communication. He also offered event attendees tips to increasing their cultural intelligence and understanding why it
- On March 20, 2014, Dr. Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Professor Emeritus at Temple University in Philadelphia, provided a key note presentation entitled "'Can We All Get Along?' Addressing Racial Bias in Divisive Times" to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21st.

The website URL where information about the cultural competence trainings is available:

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