Sixty Canadian universities sign pledge for diversity

The presidents of 60 Canadian universities have signed a pledge committing to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion on their campuses, according to a press release by Universities Canada. The Inclusive Excellence Principles commits to “attracting and retaining students, faculty, staff and leaders from all backgrounds,” according to the release, as well as undertaking a five-year action plan. Mike Mahon, Universities Canada’s new board chair and president of the University of Lethbridge, said in the release that this is a significant step in their efforts to improve equality for all students, faculty, and staff in Canadian universities. “The university mission of excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement is most successful when all members of the university community are supported in […]

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Islam Awareness Week aims to embrace diversity

This year’s Islam Awareness Week aims to create awareness of the Islamic religion and culture. The event, which is being held from March 20-24, is run by volunteers with a number of exhibits demonstrating various aspects of Islamic culture. Biftu Helo, one of the co-ordinators, said the week is focused on the important theme of diversity. “What we want people to take away is that Islam is a religion that accepts people from all different ethnicities and backgrounds–there is not one image of a Muslim. Muslims can come from anywhere and be anyone,” Helo said. She added the event’s message of diversity is combined with an effort to try and create awareness and understanding of Islam. “I find a lot […]

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Letter: The woman to be put on the bill must represent all women

When the news was released that a Canadian woman was finally going to grace the polymer bill, those lobbying for equal rights were thrilled. As names of potential nominees start to be tossed around, it became clear there is still a long way to go until we reach gender equality. The names proposed included the “Famous Five” Alberta women who championed for political equality. It was part of a nationwide suffragette movement to raise the status of women in Canada. What is often forgotten regarding this—and many other suffragette movements—is the fight for equality is primarily equality for white women. Not only that, first-wave feminist movements were often blatantly racist, excluding people of colour, Indigenous people, and immigrants. Emily Murphy, […]

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Editorial: The CIS should end Carleton’s monopoly

The Carleton Ravens won their sixth straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Final 8 Championship on March 20, marking their 12th in 14 years. Though this is great for Carleton and reflects the tremendous amount of work the team has put in, it is not great for the CIS. A league that has the same champion year in and year out is not exciting for people outside of Carleton. The CIS should investigate implementing certain reforms that can help weaker teams develop into a more elite level to compete with Carleton. What these reforms could be should be reviewed, but offering better athletic scholarships or placing certain restrictive caps on team funding would be options to consider. Carleton has established such […]

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University of Manitoba to choose percentage of students based on diversity

The faculty of education at the University of Manitoba (U of M) approved a policy which will ensure a proportion of students entering its programs are from minority groups. The policy, which will take effect in September 2017, will admit 45 per cent of applicants who self-identify under different categories of diversity, according to a U of M news release. Students who qualify for the faculty’s diversity categories include those who classify themselves as a person with disabilities, Indigenous, racialized, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ), or disadvantaged due to homelessness, low levels of education, or chronic low income. Melanie Janzen, the associate dean of undergraduate programs, said the target groups included in the policy are reflective of protected categories under […]

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