Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at RRU

Guiding Principles:

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives carry great value for individuals, the University, and the future. Universities as cultural change institutions, with mandates of their research, teaching, and community engagement, are uniquely positioned to affect national and international conversations. This is the place where tomorrow’s influential professionals are trained and educated. These graduates will be change agents.

Organizational commitment:

Royal Roads University (RRU) is committed to providing opportunities and venues to foster intersectional understanding and connection; being a catalyst for EDI; and recognizing that at RRU, Everyone Counts.

Moving forward together: 

In the spirit of collaboration, RRU employees were invited to attend information sessions conducted by Human Resources in March and April of 2019. These conversations began the University-wide EDI initiative. The sessions attracted 242 employees representing our exempt, CUPE, and RRUFA employee groups. During the presentations, RRU’s commitment to EDI was confirmed and the specific details of the EDI survey were revealed, which generated some great conversations. The feedback on the survey and overall process that we received during the eight sessions has been readily incorporated and is reflective of the iterative and collaborative nature of this important work. 

EDI Survey:

The voluntary and anonymous EDI survey was available from May 9 - 31, 2019 and 301 responses were received!

The EDI survey will provide information to reflect RRU’s current workforce composition including individuals who identify as: Women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and members of visible minorities, sexual minorities, and gender minorities. This employment equity survey is an essential first step in RRU’s process of learning where we can improve and increase resources aimed at developing EDI policies and practices at RRU.

Hard-copy versions of the survey were made available in the following areas: Human Resources main office (Nixon, Room 226); the Library main desk; the Custodial and Housekeeping department and the admin area of Building 7B.

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Additional information:

Crossroads Articles:

EDI - Institutional Capacity Building grant announcement from President Steenkamp

EDI Institutional Capacity-Building Grant

RRU Canada Research Chairs Action Plan

Additional resources:

Workplace Wellness

Diversity Action Group

Employee and Family Assistance program provider Walmsley

RRU Employer Partnerships:

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion 

Pride at Work Canada

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