BCIT champions a diversity of experiences, ideas, cultures, and perspectives, fostering a community permeated with equality and inclusivity. To that end, BCIT is committed to:
- Ensuring all employees receive training on diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
- Actively working to ensure employees come from diverse groups and represent the communities within which we live and work by creating equitable hiring practices to remove systemic barriers and unconscious bias.
- Acknowledging that BCIT is located on the unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations. And recognizing that the relationship with Indigenous peoples in Canada has been troubled and must be reconciled.
- Providing platforms and training to staff and students to address issues of racism, diversity, unconscious bias, and allyship.
- Supporting BCIT Indigenous Initiatives, the Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion (RDI) Department, Diversity Circles, and other community groups and ensuring these critical services continue to respond to racist behaviour.
- Continuing to provide a complaint mechanism for anyone who is subjected to such behaviour within the BCIT learning or working environment through various channels, including the RDI Department.
- BCIT is committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion and this is embedded in our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. We champion a diversity of experience, ideas, cultures, and perspectives, fostering a community permeated with equality and inclusivity. For more information, please visit BCIT’s Employment and Educational Equity Policy. BCIT welcomes applications from underrepresented groups and the four designated groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.
- BCIT’s strategy to raise awareness of its commitment to equity within the institution and the benefits of equity, diversity, and inclusion with the CRC Program include:
- Embedding the values of EDI into all facets of our work and learning environment. This is demonstrated through our Strategic Plan – one of BCIT’s core values is championing a diversity of experiences, ideas, cultures, and perspectives, and fostering a community permeated with equality and inclusivity.
- Ensuring the Associate Director of Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion (RDI) is involved in the CRC process. An RDI representative sits on BCIT’s CRC Selection Committee and participates in the recruitment, nomination, and hiring process.
- Encouraging diversity, when possible, in the makeup of the CRC selection committee.
- Training all CRC selection Committee members on Unconscious Bias. Training will be conducted by the Associate Director of Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion.
- CRCP Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices
- 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement
- CRCP Program Equity Target Data and Statistics
- 2020 – 2021 EDI Stipend Progress Report
- Questions or concerns related to equity and diversity, or requests for accommodations can be directed to:
- BCIT is committed to creating a working and learning environment permeated with respect, equity, and inclusion. To that end BCIT has a number of mechanisms in place to address EDI related concerns. The Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion (RDI) Office at BCIT works to foster a respectful and inclusive working and learning environment by creating awareness and belonging through education, events, and training.The Associate Director of the RDI Office reports directly to the President of BCIT and also provides bi-annual reports to the Human Resources Committee. The RDI team provides assistance and support including confidential consultations to individuals with EDI related concerns and strives to help people resolve conflicts. The RDI Office also accepts complaints of discrimination or harassment related to prohibited grounds, personal harassment or bullying, or sexual harassment under the Harassment and Discrimination Policy and the related Harassment and Discrimination Procedure. Complaints can be addressed through either a voluntary resolution process or an investigation. Any employee, including chairholders, with concerns related to EDI are encouraged to contact the RDI office to discuss their options:
The Office of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management (SSEM) responds to complaints under the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy and the Response to Sexual Violence and Misconduct Procedure. All individuals are encouraged to contact SSEM immediately with any concerns related to sexual assault or misconduct:
- Safety, Security, and Emergency Management
SSEM 24/7 phone line: 604-451-6856
BCIT recognizes the importance of being proactive with respect to creating a respectful, accessible, and inclusive work and learning environment. The RDI Office has also undertaken a number of initiatives to further these goals, including releasing BCIT’s first Anti-Racism Framework in May 2021. Plans are currently underway to complete an equity and diversity assessment of staff and students in the 2021-22 school year, which will include surveys and focus groups to collect quantitative and qualitative data relating to EDI issues.
- Safety, Security, and Emergency Management
- BCIT has fewer than 5 Canada Research Chairs for each of the four designated groups, consequently our equity targets and gaps for each of the four designated groups must be withheld to protect the privacy of chairholders. CRCP Program Equity Target Data and Statistics can be found here.
- Canada Research Chair positions at BCIT are governed by the same policies, procedures and employee agreements as for other positions at the Institute.
- BCIT CRCP utilization spreadsheet
- CRCP Requirements for Recruiting and Nominating Canada Research Chairs
- Advertisements for Chair Positions at BCIT:
- Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Internet of Things (posted June 30, 2021 – apply now)
- Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Polytechnic Learning & Teaching (posted June 12, 2021 – apply now)
- Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity (Nov 19, 2019)