Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.58
Liaison Brooke Gilmour
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

St. Lawrence College
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

Posted in all of our Job Descriptions :
The College is committed to employment equity. We encourage members of the designated groups to apply and self-identify. St. Lawrence College is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process. We will make appropriate accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process for applicants with disabilities. To obtain a copy of this position vacancy or any of the position related documents in an alternate format please contact our Human Resources Consultants. Information received relating to accommodation requests will be addressed confidentially.
In addition, we have posted to our Workplace Harassment, Discrimination & Bullying Policy
http://www.stlawrencecollege.ca/about/college-reports-and-policies/workplace-harrassment-discrimination-and-bullying/


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):
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Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

St. Lawrence College aims to improve access and equity in a full-service/full-program manner on all three campuses through service delivery, facility design, institutional culture considerations and policy development. It is proud to be a community college serving the diverse needs of its students and communities across geographic, social and economic boundaries. It provides a broad spectrum of supports and services to help improve access for first generation students, Indigenous students, students with disabilities and Crown wards.
Dedicated services, staffing and spaces for Indigenous students at each campus along with a suite of support services to help ensure the success of the increasing population of Indigenous students on campus (17 per cent increase 2017). In addition, an Aboriginal Education Council consisting of St. Lawrence staff and community members provides input and strategic advice on Indigenous education and partnerships. St. Lawrence College is a partner in a Queen’s University-led research study examining gaps in addressing Indigenous issues within post-secondary education curriculum. Results of the study will influence curriculum developments at St. Lawrence College as well as other post-secondary institutions in a response to recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. http://stlawrencecollege.ca/campuses-and-services/services-and-facilities/indigenous-support/

• St. Lawrence supports inclusiveness through the Positive Space Initiative, which creates opportunities to foster college community awareness and engagement, and promote the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in every aspect of campus life. St. Lawrence College seeks to involve students in creating an institutional environment and culture that is accepting and supportive towards issues of sexual identity and gender diversity. http://stlawrencecollege.ca/campuses-and-services/services-and-facilities/positive-space/

• St. Lawrence offers 'AccessAbility' services at each of its campuses along with adaptive technology support with services including:
Services include:

Personal Counselling
Academic Accommodations
Adaptive Technologies
Learning Strategies
Accessible Testing Services
Learning Coach Support
http://stlawrencecollege.ca/campuses-and-services/services-and-facilities/accessibility/

• St. Lawrence makes a special effort to identify and support first generation learners as these students form a significant portion of its student population. http://stlawrencecollege.ca/campuses-and-services/services-and-facilities/first-generation-students/

INCLUSION MATTERS AT SLC TRAINING SUITE FOR FACULTY
Embracing inclusion in higher education is a vital component of a strategy to foster innovation and creativity. Inclusion brings openness to new ideas, a more creative student body and workforce, access to a wider range of talent, and most importantly, fosters a sense of belonging for all. St. Lawrence College is committed to providing an inclusive environment free from discrimination and harassment. To this end, the School of Contemporary Teaching and Learning (SCTL) has developed a training suite aimed at staff and faculty in order to assist them in creating culturally competent and inclusive educational work spaces at the College, to ensure all members of the College community are affirmed and supported. The training suite entitled “Inclusion Matters at SLC” is a four module program that seeks to engage the St. Lawrence community in conversations, discovery, and learning about equity and inclusion principals and to provide resources, knowledge, and tools required to make St. Lawrence College an inclusive campus.

The training suite is comprised of four, 2.5 hour modules that are highly interactive in nature and foster group work and reflective thinking.
• Module #1: Fostering Intercultural Competence in Educational Settings
• Module #2: Accommodation and Accessibility: Disability, Gender and Faith
• Module #3: Including and Honouring Indigenous Culture in Educational Settings
• Module #4: Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in and out of the Classroom
THE BADGE
After completing each module, participants (students, faculty, staff) will receive the “Inclusion matters at SLC” sticker and the corresponding flower petal to place on the sticker, representing the associated topic. Individuals who complete the modules are encouraged to place the stickers in their work, living, or study areas to identify their space as inclusive to everyone. The visibility of the stickers seek to overcome both overt and subtle forms of discrimination and harassment, to avoid making assumptions about race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual orientation or gender identity, and to signal that all are welcome.


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

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

In support of 'Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?' We no longer ask a student to select a gender, rather we allow them to self identify.

http://www.stlawrencecollege.ca/forms/student-residence-kingston-app/

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