Everyone counts at Royal Roads

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Equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives carry great value, for individuals, the university and the future.

Universities as cultural change institutions, with their research, teaching and community engagement mandates, 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.

Royal Roads is taking its responsibility seriously to provide opportunities and venues to foster intercultural understanding and connection, and to be a catalyst for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), recognizing that at Royal Roads, Everyone Counts. 

The Royal Roads community has already demonstrated its commitment to this work through a number of initiatives:

  • The establishment of a Diversity Action Group (DAG) in 2011 made up of Royal Roads students and employees who are champions of  inclusivity, diversity awareness and education activities that inform the university community on the experience of people from diverse backgrounds
  • The implementation of the Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Policy in 2013, which sets out definitions and procedures for delineating and reporting complaints so that all employees may expect to be treated in a fair and respectful manner
  • The creation of the EDI action plan in 2017 for our Canadian Research Chair (CRC) processes following a requirement of the CRC program for universities with five or more CRCs to strengthen their efforts to address the underrepresentation within the program of members from the four designated groups (women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples and members of visible minorities)
  • A review of Royal Roads' recruitment practices began in 2018 to uncover real or perceived barriers to EDI and opportunities to participate in training to mitigate unconscious bias in the recruitment process

The important work of building Royal Roads' equity portfolio and increasing resources aimed at developing equity, diversity and inclusion policies and practices continues today under the direction of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Cheryl Eason, Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Terrie Klotz, and the HR Governance Committee. Royal Roads has also contracted the services of Dr. Grace Wong Sneddon, a subject matter expert in the field of equity, diversity and inclusion from the University of Victoria to work with Lisa Robinson, associate director, Human Resources on this initiative. 

For this work to be truly impactful it requires active engagement with the Royal Roads community. This commitment to collaboration has already begun with involvement of the Diversity Action Group, the Office of Research Services, the Office of Research Ethics, our Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Consultant, the Community of Practice Administration group, and both the RRUFA and CUPE presidents. Additionally, deep insights have been gained through the personal and professional experiences shared by our faculty and staff members during our initial process review and creation of the EDI survey.      

Information sessions 

Learn more about this initiative and the EDI survey that will be sent to all employees in April:

  • Monday, March 4 – Open information session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in LIC 222
  • Tuesday, March 5 – Royal Roads University Administrative Community of Practice meeting at 2:45 p.m. on the Quarterdeck
  • Tuesday, March 12 – Open information session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Hatley Castle Drawing Room
  • Tuesday, March 12 – RRUFA membership monthly meeting at 1:00 p.m.
  • In early April – CUPE membership general meeting (date and time TBA)

To help us gauge the amount of refreshments to order please RSVP to the meeting invitations sent by Human Resources for each of these sessions.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Robinson in Human Resources at ext. 4431.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the sessions in March!