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Liaison Michael Chapman
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2013
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Nova Scotia Community College
PAE-6: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Darren Desmond
Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
Learner & College Development
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

The Diversity Leadership Council (“DLC”) will act as an advisory body to the President’s Office and the Executive Team for the College with matters related to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Citizen and Community Engagement. The Council’s overall responsibility will be to oversee Nova Scotia Community College’s progress in creating a more diverse, inclusive and culturally competent learning and working environment. This group will ensure that:

➢ NSCC is held accountable for its commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
➢ Priorities focused on equity, diversity and citizen and community engagement are set and measured annually

Responsibilities:

➢ Advise NSCC through the Vice President of Learner and College Development on diversity and inclusion matters as they pertain to key business, educational and community issues
➢ Provide advice to the College to ensure the focus of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion plan aligns with the NSCC Strategic Plan and its key priorities
➢ Be Diversity and Inclusion Champions for the College – on campus, and in industry, government, corporate and community settings
➢ Function as a resource to the college in its work to eliminate all forms of discrimination and racism within the College
➢ Assist the College in learning to use a diversity and inclusion lens for all of its policies, processes and procedures at every level of the College
➢ Actively support initiatives for the DLC membership and the NSCC Executive Team that will continue to enhance their knowledge and skills in leading large organizations with a diversity and inclusion mandate
➢ Set annual provincially focused targets and milestones for its work, reporting annually to the College and to the citizens and communities it serves
➢ Oversee the ongoing institutional monitoring and accountability process for diversity and inclusion
➢ Review Terms of Reference (“TOR”) annually to ensure their ongoing alignment with the changes and growth of the College


Members of the committee, including job titles and affiliations :

Diversity Leadership Council:
Carly Brake, Campus Librarian
Darren Desmond, African Canadian Student Services Coordinator
Marie Dutka, Information Services Lead, Technology Services
Derrick McEachern, Career Development Specialist
Joan Munroe, Coordinator, Special Admissions Process
Kafil Shumon, Technical Analyst, IT Services
Cheryl Veinotte, Faculty
The DLC is composed of influential and knowledgeable champions from both NSCC and the community. It is to be composed of at least 10 but not more than 15 members including the following positions and representative groups:
➢ The President of NSCC, ex officio
➢ The Vice President of Learner and College Development
➢ Manager, NSCC Office of Diversity and Inclusion
➢ One NSCC Student
➢ An Academic Chair
➢ A Faculty Member
➢ One Professional Support member
➢ One Operational Support member
➢ One member of a Campus D and I Committee

Diverse Community Representation, where possible, will include a minimum of one person from each of the following communities:
➢ First Nations
➢ African Nova Scotian/Canadian or a person of African Descent,
➢ Gay, lesbian, bisexual
➢ Gender variant community - transgender or intersex
➢ Persons with disabilities
➢ Persons with mental illness and/or mental health issues
➢ Seniors
➢ Women, Visible minorities
➢ New Canadians, immigrants and/or refugees
➢ Other marginalized groups might be but are not limited to sex workers, religious and/or faith communities, homeless persons, single parents and people living in poverty


The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity office?:
Yes

A brief description of the diversity office:

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
NSCC Value: “Diversity & Inclusion – We provide a learning environment that welcomes and embraces individuals from diverse communities and we take every opportunity to become more inclusive.”
• Advise and make recommendations to the Vice President, Learner and College Development on diversity and inclusion initiatives and issues as required
• Promote and champion the identification and elimination of all forms of discrimination within the College
• Collect, analyze and share promising practices from inside and outside NSCC to promote and implement further best practices
• Work collaboratively with other college staff, establish materials and forums for educating staff and students on Diversity and Inclusion, equity and cultural competence
• Triage diversity complaints and /or issues to appropriate College entities. Bring forward mediation expertise to informally resolve issues through education and by identifying culturally competent recommendations and resolutions.
• Maintain working relationships with key stakeholders
• Provide content and subject matter expertise for internal communications
• Provide guidance and support to the Diversity Advisory Committee, Campus Diversity Committees and divisions of NSCC to ensure our diversity and inclusion strategy is integrated into broader strategic and operational initiatives


The number of people employed in the diversity office:
3

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity office is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity coordinator?:
Yes

Diversity coordinator’s name:
Darren Desmond

Diversity coordinator's position title:
Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

A brief description of the diversity coordinator's position:

• Advise and make recommendations to the Vice President, Learner and College Development on diversity and inclusion initiatives and issues as required
• Promote and champion the identification and elimination of all forms of discrimination within the College
• Collect, analyze and share promising practices from inside and outside NSCC to promote and implement further best practices
• Work collaboratively with other college staff, establish materials and forums for educating staff and students on Diversity and Inclusion, equity and cultural competence
• Triage diversity complaints and /or issues to appropriate College entities. Bring forward mediation expertise to informally resolve issues through education and by identifying culturally competent recommendations and resolutions.
• Maintain working relationships with key stakeholders
• Provide content and subject matter expertise for internal communications
• Provide guidance and support to the Diversity Advisory Committee, Campus Diversity Committees and divisions of NSCC to ensure our diversity and inclusion strategy is integrated into broader strategic and operational initiatives


The website URL where information about the diversity and equity coordinator is available:

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