Feedback sought on draft diversity statement
As many members of the RRU community may be aware, a sub-group of the Diveristy Action Group (DAG) has been facilitating a review of Royal Roads' Diversity Statement. Following a period of online and face-to-face consultation with students, faculty, staff and Royal Roads community members, the following core themes were identified:
- There is an interest in a statement that reflects our role as a public university and the responsibility we have to our communities
- There is an interest in a statement that recognizes we need to do more than just “celebrate” diversity, we need a commitment action; this brings a desire for our statement to act as a catalyst to both dialogue and action in support of diversity and inclusion
- There is a recognition that engaging actively to support safety and inclusivity can be challenging and difficult—it truly can be “work”, and that is OK, we are committed to doing this work
- There is a need for every member of the Royal Roads University community to be able to see themselves reflected in this statement
- There is a need to have our institutional values of caring, creative and accountable reflected in the statement, and to have a statement that identifies us as change-makers
The sub-group observes that this feedback reflects the developing nature of our institution and learning community, and that since 2011 (when the first statement was drafted) we have moved forward in a positive direction towards being more comfortable with actively committing ourselves to supporting and facilitating change.
The feedback has now been incorporated into a draft version of a revised statement. We would like to ask members of the community to review this draft and share your thoughts with the sub-group. Please email your feedback by Nov. 14, 2018. Thank you!
Angie Wilson, Dranna Andrews-Brown, Isabel Cordua-von Specht, Kyla McLeod, matthew heinz, Taseera Lwanga