Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.99
Liaison Eric Meliton
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2013
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STARS v2.0

Wilfrid Laurier University
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Laura Mae Lindo
Manager Diversity & Equity Office
Diversity & Equity Office
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Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of campus climate?:

A brief description of the campus climate assessment(s) :

Laurier launches a bi-annual survey that looks at barriers to accessibility. This survey discussed everything from attitudinal barriers experienced by those with lived experience as well as captured the attitudes without lived experience. The survey also asked about future learning and development opportunities as well as preferences for receiving further information. Additionally, the Diversity & Equity Office conducted a needs assessment 2 years ago for faculty and staff on issues related to equity and inclusion. The feedback we receive in this area is integrated through workshop assessment forms when we deliver training as part of our inclusive excellence certificate program. Further, in 2012 the Diversity & Equity Office completed an Employment Equity Report to provide the community with an update on Laurier’s employment equity related initiatives. The report includes both a statistical overview of the number of Laurier staff and faculty who identify as members of the four designate
groups (women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities) and
those who identify as sexual minorities, as well as a summary of initiatives which
promote inclusivity at Laurier

Has the institution assessed student diversity and educational equity?:

A brief description of the student diversity and educational equity assessment(s):

2012 Accessibility survey given to students, staff, and faculty about accessibility as it pertains to persons with disabilities. This informed our construction of the multi-year accessibility plan.

Has the institution assessed employee diversity and employment equity?:

A brief description of the employee diversity and employment equity assessment(s):

The Diversity and Equity Office receives employment equity surveys from all new staff and faculty members. In these forms new employees may self identify in order to identify the proportion of women, persons in a visible minority, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons in a sexual and/or gender minority; these groups are compared with the relevant external workforce (where known). The results of this survey are summarized in an annual report which also highlights any initiatives related to employment equity that have taken place in the last year or that are ongoing. https://www.wlu.ca/documents/54178/Employment_Equity_Report_2012.pdf

Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of governance and public engagement?:

A brief description of the governance and public engagement assessment(s):

Laurier now has an Accessibility Advisory Sub-Committee comprised of faculty and staff with disabilities or with lived experience with disabilities. This group provides solutions-oriented feedback to the Accessibility Advisory Committee (which is comprised of senior leadership across Laurier) about the barriers faced by staff and faculty with disabilities. This feedback informs accessibility planning and my priorities going forward. If this is relevant I'd be happy to provide more information on this initiative.

The website URL where information about the assessment(s) is available:

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