Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.07
Liaison Michael Chapman
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Nova Scotia Community College
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Don Jardine
Academic Chair
Environmental Sustainability & Development School of Trades & Technology
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Total number of employees:
2,104

Total number of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
2,104

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
100

Name of the employee educators program (1st program):
Understanding Diversity and Building Bridges

A brief description of the employee educators program (1st program):

In supporting the building of a culture of diversity and inclusion, this interactive workshop sets the stage for on-going training and operational enhancement in moving the institution beyond awareness and toward inclusive practice. The "Understanding Diversity and Building Bridges" workshop is mandatory for all current NSCC employees, and also forms part of the "New Employee Orientation" process for NSCC staff. The workshop includes the following learning outcomes:
1. Examines Nova Scotia's diversity trends and their implications for NSCC Faculty, Administration and Staff.
2. Identifies factors that lead to systemic and personal bias.
3. Explores and practices two strategies that support inclusion.
4. Reflects on and plans how to put learning into action.

Workshop facilitators are chosen from a pool of self-identified employees expressing an interest in training colleagues and meeting the criteria of NSCC Diversity & Inclusion Office and the trainers. Training of the inaugural group of facilitators was provided by Diversity Trainers Plus. Train-the-trainer training for subsequent co-horts of facilitators was/is conducted by NSCC's Office of Diversity & Inclusion. The employees who are trained facilitators then deliver the workshop to peer groups throughout the College to share lessons learned and inform our workforce about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and catalyze changes in attitude and behavior at NSCC.
Through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, co-facilitators of the Employee Educators team respond to Campus and Central Office requests for this on-boarding workshop.
Understanding Diversity and Building Bridges has recently been refreshed (Version 2.0) to include more emerging issues in the realm of diversity and inclusion and will be kept current as this ongoing program is continually run for both new employees and current employees who need updated education and discussion on new topics.

Currently there are 25 trainers.
Each workshop is limited to 25 participants to maximize the benefit of group peer-to-peer activities and discussion.
Each session is co-facilitated by 2 trainers expanding the diversity of knowledge and experience.
For each co-facilitator, each workshop requires 7 hours of preparation (estimate) and 7 hours to facilitate. Total = 2(7 + 7) = 28 hrs/workshop.
2104 staff/25 workshop participants per workshop = 84 workshops
84 workshops x 28 hours (prep & delivery) = 2352 total training hours
2352 total training hours/[(25 trainers)(32 weeks)] = 2.94 average hours worked weekly/trainer


A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (1st program):

All employees of the College, both academic and non-academic.


Number of trained employee educators (1st program):
25

Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (1st program):
32

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (1st program):
2.90

Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (1st program):
2,352

Website URL where information about the employee educators program is available (1st program) :
Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the employee educators program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the employee educators program’s target audience (2nd program):
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Number of trained employee educators (2nd program):
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Number of weeks the employee educators program is active annually (2nd program):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (2nd program):
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (2nd program):
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Website URL where information about the employee educators program is available (2nd program):
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A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
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Number of trained employee educators (all other programs):
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Number of weeks, on average, the employee educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained employee educator (all other programs):
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all other programs):
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained employee educators (all programs):
2,352

Hours worked annually by trained employee sustainability educators per employee served by a peer-to-peer program:
1.12

Website URL where information about the employee sustainability educators programs is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data for the course described cannot be found in the link mentioned because all of the data for course is available on NSCC's intranet service called Connect. Connect is available for all staff and has everything the staff would need from necessary forms, Human Resource information, occupational health and safety tools, to course information.

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