Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.88
Liaison Shirley Fagnen
Submission Date June 3, 2019
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Polytechnique Montreal
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.44 / 2.00 Patrick Cigana
Sustainability Advisor
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:
Yes

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

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

The Service aux étudiants de Polytechnique (Polytechnique Student Services) has one advisor dedicated to international students and one advisor for students with disabilities. They are available for consultation and offer support and advice. Students with disabilities are followed through their entire study program. Every fall, a cultural workshop is made available for international students to help them with their integration in Quebec (it includes advice for their student life on campus, life in Montreal and in Canada in general).

Since 2017, Polytechnique has a Diversity and Equity committee composed of professors, managers and HR advisors to work on ways of attracting more women, visible minorities and persons with disabilities among faculty members, particularly among the research centers and chairs. An action plan was adopted in 2017 to set targets for the Canada Research Chairs.


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Most

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

Every undergraduate program at Polytechnique includes a mandatory communication course that, among its objectives, aims to develop cultural competence. Through this course, students learn how to manage differences amongst people, how to organize teamwork and to improve team working abilities.

According to the action plan on diversity in equity for the Canada Research Chairs, faculty members will have to follow trainings on unconscious cognitive bias. Some members of faculty and staff have started to follow webinars.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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