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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Kwantlen, a name generously bestowed to us by the Kwantlen First Nation, translates to "tireless runner." In our obligation to live up to this name, we recognize that advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization (EDID) depends on the ongoing work and tireless commitment of all KPU community members.

Vision and Commitments

Vision

KPU is committed to actively fostering an equitable and inclusive learning and working environment that enables every member of our diverse community to thrive. Building such an environment is essential to our evolution into a unique, progressive and highly regarded university that upholds a culture of sustainability, creativity and quality. Our goal is not only to reflect our diverse, dynamic and growing region, but also to enable our students, employees and friends to enjoy rich, engaging and supportive educational and working experiences.

Our vision towards a respectful campus community includes:

  • Respect for the dignity of all persons
  • Fair and equitable treatment of all persons
  • Respect for diversity
  • Conduct and language that reflects social standards of courtesy, dignity, trust and respect
  • Sensitivity and acceptance of the multicultural reality of the university

Commitments

  • Truth and Reconciliation

    KPU is committed to responding to the calls for action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

  • Universities Canada Inclusive Excellence Principles

    KPU has committed to Universities Canada's seven inclusive excellence principles. The university is committed to attracting and retaining students, faculty, staff and leaders from all backgrounds and to being active champions of equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Dimensions Charter

    KPU signed the Dimensions Charter in 2019, signaling our commitment to heightening research excellence, innovation and creativity across all disciplines through increased equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Canada Research Chairs Program

    KPU is committed to meeting requirements set out by the Canadian government's Canada Research Chairs Program to develop and implement an equity, diversity, and inclusion action plan sustaining and/or addressing equity gaps in chairholder positions.

  • Scarborough Charter

    KPU's signing of the Scarborough Charter represents our commitment to take meaningful and concrete action to address anti-Black racism and promote Black inclusion in Canadian higher education.

  • 50-30 Challenge

    As a participant in the Government of Canada's 50-30 Challenge, KPU is committed to increasing diversity in senior leadership roles and on its board.

Communities of Support

  • Task Force on Anti-racism

    KPU's Task Force on Anti-racism, a cross-institutional initiative consists of employee and student members, is focused on creating institutional supports for teaching, learning, research and scholarship, and institutional change on racial equity, systemic oppression, and intersectional social justice.

  • Disability Inclusion Group

    KPU's Disability Inclusion Group (DIG) is committed to dismantling ableism by fostering awareness, exposing barriers, encouraging engagement, and promoting inclusion for people with disabilities. Composed of student and employee representatives, DIG's purpose is to identify opportunities to create an environment and culture at KPU where all people with disabilities feel welcome, and valued.

  • Indigenous Advisory Committee

    The Indigenous Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from the First Nations on whose land we live, work, and study, as well as school district, community members, and KPU employees and students. The committee provides guidance to KPU and links the university with Indigenous communities.

  • President's Diversity and Equity Committee

    The President's Diversity and Equity Committee (PDEC) is a broad, representational committee, composed of students and employees, which provides leadership in the advancement of equity, inclusivity and diversity at KPU. PDEC ensures the implementation of KPU's Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy HR15 and facilitates diversity and equity initiatives across the various divisions of the university, including a sponsorship/event fund and an annual Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Award.

  • Pride Advocacy Group

    The Pride Advocacy Group (PAG) seeks to identify opportunities to foster awareness, encourage engagement, and promote inclusiveness, thereby creating an environment where LGBTQ2+ students and employees feel welcome, valued, supported and empowered. Membership composition is broadly representative of intersectional gender and sexual identities, and includes students and employees. Campus community members are encouraged to visit KPU's website to learn more about Pride @ KPU.

Employee Diversity

In spring of 2021, the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) conducted an employee diversity census and inclusion survey (Diversity Meter) on behalf of KPU. They also interviewed former Canada Research Chair nominees and applicants. The results have been summarized in a report prepared by CCDI.

Conducted in March 2021, the Diversity Meter had a 44 per cent response rate. Five interviews were conducted in May 2021 in relation to KPU's Canada Research Chairs.

The report provides a snapshot of KPU's demographic profile as it relates to the faculty, staff and administrative employees who participated, as well as the inclusion climate at KPU. While not representative of all employees, this is useful information that provides the university with a starting point for the development of KPU's first EDID Action Plan.

For further information about the survey, contact us at diversitymeter@kpu.ca.

Student Diversity

KPU's Office of Planning and Accountability reports on student diversity through its student satisfaction surveys. Visit What KPU Students Tell Us to learn more.

Education and Awareness

  • Task Force on Anti-racism

    Visit KPU's Task Force on Anti-racism to find learning resources and events.

  • Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

    KPU's employee partnership with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion provides KPU employees with access to a variety of resources, including live and recorded webinars, research articles, and no-cost registration to attend best practice forums and community of practice events.

  • Indigenous Awareness Learning Modules

    Created through a partnership between BCIT and KPU, these online modules are designed to increase knowledge about Indigenous people in Canada, share the true history of Indigenous people and the historical/contemporary place and space Indigenous people occupy.

    BCIT and KPU are grateful to Kory Wilson and The Drive Learning Consultants for designing and developing this program.

    Visit Indigenous Services for Students for more resources and upcoming events.

  • Pride @ KPU

    Visit Pride @ KPU for upcoming events, activities and resources available to KPU's 2SLGBTQ+ students, employees, and allies.

    KPU is also a proud partner with Pride at Work Canada. Through this partnership, employees have access to live webinars and resources that support LGBTQ2+ workplace inclusion.

  • Faculty of Arts Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Awards

    These awards honour individuals or groups/teams within the Faculty of Arts whose actions serve to advance KPU's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Learn more.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Scholarship

KPU's Office of Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies recognizes that research excellence cannot be achieved without equity, diversity and inclusion. Learn more about their commitment to EDI in research and scholarship.

KPU's Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization Action Plan

The EDI Action Plan Steering Committee was initially formed in late 2019 in response to the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) requirement​ that institutions develop their own equity, diversity and inclusion action plans. Recognizing the opportunity to create an action plan that addresses the needs of chairholders and beyond, the committee widened the scope. In addition to its original mandate, the committee focused on leading an intentional, coordinated effort to increase employee diversity, equity, and inclusion at KPU, strengthen awareness and understanding of EDI among employees, and address systemic barriers to full participation in the university community.

Committee members include the President and Vice-Chancellor; Provost and VP, Academic; VPs of Human Resources and External Affairs; AVPs of Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies, Teaching and Learning, and Planning and Accountability; Director of Diversity and Senior Manager, Organizational Development and Employee Experience.

The EDID Action Plan will be drafted by a team of employees through an inclusive process. The contributions of all employees are welcomed and enabled, and will follow recommendations outlined in the Canada Research Chairs' Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plans Best Practices Guide.

Policies

Visit our Bylaws and Policies page to access policies that reflect our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, including for example:

  • HR 15 - Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • HR 16 - Employment Equity
  • HR 21 - Respectful Workplace