Dimensions in Diversity
Dimensions in Diversity is a seminar series that is a joint initiative of the Office of the Vice-Dean Indigenous and the Office of the Vice-Dean Faculty Relations in the College of Arts and Science.
Dimensions in Diversity provides an opportunity for College of Arts and Science faculty, staff and administrators to access and participate in education, discussion and allyship with the goals of:
- increasing knowledge of barriers to equity, and education for change
- building cross-cultural allies
- working towards better knowledge of Indigenous perspectives and experiences, systemic racism in the academy, unconscious biases to underrepresented groups, i.e. women, Indigenous people, People of Colour, differently abled, and diversity
- to open the dialogue around diversity, inclusion and equity among colleagues in a collegial forum
- to create a safe environment where participants can ask questions, feel comfortable discussing difficult topics, and explore controversial issues
- to invite people to join the conversation and expand their understanding of social justice issues facing us in our everyday lives
These seminars are not mandatory, but rather encouraged among the Arts and Science community.
Seminars will be offered for four different cohorts:
- Assistant professors
- Associate and full professors
The purpose for separation is to encourage dialogue in safe spaces with the hope of eliminating power dynamics among groups as much as possible. Some seminars will be combined for keynote speakers or movies which apply to all groups. However, there will be breakout discussion sessions at different times pertaining to the larger event.
- Discussions will focus around materials such as short videos or readings
- Participants can register for a single session and do not need to register for the full series. Multiple date options are given for some seminars