EDI Week 2023: Developing an EDI statement for Academic Portfolios

A diversity statement communicates an educator or researcher’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and how they would translate these values into their practice within a post-secondary context. This statement also includes your understanding of systemic inequities and challenges faced by equity deserving groups based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and (dis)abilities. In addition to highlighting your skills and experiences in this area, the purpose of a diversity statement is to express your commitment and ability to contribute to an institution or department’s vision and efforts towards attaining equity, diversity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you outline your understanding of the challenges faced by underrepresented groups in post-secondary context and how you aim to contest those challenges through equitable and inclusive practices.

Through this interactive session, participants will:

  • Reflect on their beliefs and values related to EDI
  • Identify strategies of how they have applied EDI in their own teaching and pedagogical practice, ways to asses its impact, and their aspirations for the future
  • Develop a preliminary draft of their EDI statement

Date: Feb. 9 
Time: 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Fouzia Usman