Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.57
Liaison James Gordon
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2011
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Thompson Rivers University
PAE-6: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Andrew Pillar
Research Analyst
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee?:

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

While there is no single agency at TRU involved coordinating Diversity and Equity Coordination there are two groups that do provide coordination for underrepresented students and faculty on campus.

Charter of mission statement for committees: (Note: while STARS is set up for a single diversity committee, we will be claiming credits on the grounds that the responsibilities associated with a Diversity and equity committee are distributed throughout other TRU committees This will also apply to offices and coordinators).

Regional Community Advisory Committees

5. Where possible there will be equality in the numbers of male and female representatives. Other recognized groups, such as aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities and visible minorities will be included in the Community Advisory Committee.

Each Community Advisory Committee will:
1. Assist with the identification of post-secondary educational and training needs of individual adults, community groups or organizations, businesses and government agencies in their area.
2. Where practicable, assist TRU staff to identify local personnel capable of assisting TRU to meet the needs.
3. Assist the Community Coordinator and other TRU staff to promote programs and services in the community.
4. Assist TRU staff to develop two-year rolling plans for program and service delivery in the community. Where joint TRU/School District planning of educational and training services for adults is underway, assist both parties to develop two-year rolling plans.

The International Affairs Committee

“Advise Senate on measures to achieve the goals set out in the University’s Strategic Plan with regard to International Opportunities with a focus on internationalization and increasing the number of international opportunities for TRU students and faculty. Advise Senate on measures to promote alignment of academic, budgetary and other priorities of Senate with the international activities of the University.”

The Specific Goal from the University’s Strategic Plan that are related to this credit and are focused on by the International Affairs Committee are:

“Review curricula to identify courses and programs where it is appropriate to incorporate international perspectives and increase awareness of global issues.
Develop an international presence on the Williams Lake campus and create activities that will profile and celebrate internationalism on all TRU campuses.
Expand TRU’s academic activities internationally.
Expand support and services available to international students.
Expand training for faculty and staff in order to develop cultural awareness and sensitivity to the issues faced by students from international backgrounds.”

First Nations and Aboriginal Affairs Committee
“Responsibilities of the First Nations and Aboriginal Affairs Committee
Advise Senate on measures to promote, support and celebrate the success of students of aboriginal ancestry
Advise Senate on measures to ensure linkage and alignment of academic, budgetary and other priorities of Senate with its efforts in connection with aboriginal affairs at the University
Advise Senate on measures to assist the University in meeting the goals set out in its Strategic Plan with regard to making TRU the University of Choice for Aboriginal Students and First Nations
Other duties as assigned by Senate

Members of the committee, including job titles and affiliations :

International Affairs Committee

Ex Officio Members:
Chair: Associate Vice-President, International
Dr. Wes J. Koczka
Vice Chair: Director, International Baihua Chadwick
General Counsel:
John Sparks
Dean of Students: Cliff Robinson, Chair Counselling Department
Director International Academic Program Development:
Lian Dumouchel
TRU Intercultural and Internationalization Expert:
Kyra Garson

Harold Richins, Dean, School of Tourism Brenda Mathews, Senior Lecturer, Computing
Mohammad Mahbobi, Lecturer, SOBE
Michelle Funk, Lecturer, Nursing
Emma Bourassa, Lecturer, ESAL & CTL
Rein Okawa, TRUSU appointed representative
Cameron Beddome, Chief Recruitment Officer, Open Learning
Christine Wihak, Director of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition, Open Learning
Bryan Daly, Academic Director of Sciences, Math, and Computing, Open Learning
Cindi Thompson, Assistant to Associate Vice-President International, TRU World”

First Nations and Aboriginal Affairs Committee (FNAAC)

Nathan Matthew, Executive Director, Aboriginal Education
Ulrich Scheck, Provost & Vice-President Academic
Jack Miller, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Faculty of Human, Social and Educational Development
Emma Bourassa, Lecturer, English as a Second or Additional Language, Faculty of Student Development
Patrick Walton, Associate Professor, Bachelor of Education, Faculty of Human, Social and Educational Development
Ginny Ratsoy, Associate Professor, English, Faculty of Human, Social and Educational Development
Steven Ross, Lecturer, School of Nursing
Nolan Guichon, TRU Student Union Representative
Joanne Brown, Gathering Place Representative
David Manuel, Councillor, Tkemlups Indian Band (Secwepemc Educational Society Representative)
1st Alternate: George Kaliszewski, Executive Director, Secwepemc Educational Society
Christopher Phillips, Interior Indian Friendship Centre Representative
1st Alternate: June Smathers
Joe Manuel, Elder Representative


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

A brief description of the diversity office:

TRU has several offices that address issues of diversity and equity. These include: Aboriginal Services, Disability Services, and TRU World.

Number of Employees
Aboriginal Services: 6
Disability Services: 6
TRU World: 11


The number of people employed in the diversity office:

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

Diversity coordinator’s name:
Nathan Matthews (Aboriginal Services) Marge Huntley (Disability Services) Adrian Conradi (TRU World: International Student Services & Study Abroad)

Diversity coordinator's position title:
Executive Director, Aboriginal Education Manager, Disability Services Manager, International Student Services & Study Abroad

A brief description of the diversity coordinator's position:

Nathan Matthew, Executive Director, Aboriginal Education
The Executive Director, Aboriginal Education works to supporting the recruitment, retention and success of aboriginal students at TRU. He accomplishes this by establishing and maintaining relationships with First Nation communities and aboriginal organizations, providing advice on aboriginal student services, and ensuring all TRU campuses reflect Interior Salish culture in significant ways.

Marge Huntley, Manager, Disability Services
The Manager of Disability Services works to ensure that all TRU students with disabilities are provided with appropriate accommodations and ensuring that policies and practices are up to standard.

Adrian Conradi, International Student Services & Study Abroad
The Associate Director of International Student Services and Study Abroad equips international students with the tools to have a successful experience at TRU, both on campus and in the community. In order to achieve this, resources such as a student life guide, a pre-departure handbook, mandatory face to face academic and personal advising, a student activity program, a week long orientation and an award winning international days event are provided for international students.


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