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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Most universities don’t collect data on student race, including Carleton

Many Canadian universities have little to no substantial data on how their students identify racially, according to a recent CBC investigation. Over the past five months, CBC asked 76 Canadian universities to provide racial information about their student population, and more than 60 universities—including Carleton University—said they don’t collect that data. Jeremy McDonald, the executive producer of the CBC report, said in an email the investigation was prompted by a recent increase in discussions about race and discrimination on campuses, and the information was gathered during CBC investigations on sexual assaults at universities. “In what is supposed to be an enlightened environment, racialized students say they are dealing with challenges that can have implications for their academic performance and overall […]

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