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Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion

Please note: The Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion team is still operational during the campus closure. We are monitoring our confidential emails and  voicemails regularly. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need information and/or assistance from our department. We hope everyone stays healthy, both physically and mentally.
Welcome to the BCIT Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion (RDI) website. Here you will find:
Purpose

The RDI office helps BCIT foster a respectful and inclusive working and learning environment by creating awareness and belonging through education, events, and training.  The RDI team provides assistance and support to individuals with concerns of bullying, harassment, and discrimination and strives to help people resolve conflicts informally. We also assist individuals who have formal complaints and coordinate workplace investigations.

BCIT Standing in Solidarity Against Racism and Injustice

In the last number of weeks, we have witnessed and heard about the many incidents of race-based violence within Canada and around the world. The civil unrest in the United States, and our own backyard, has highlighted the systemic racism that persists against the Black community. People of Asian origin have also been the target of recent violence here in the Lower Mainland. Indigenous, Black, and other People of Colour (IBPoC) are continually subject to harassment, discrimination, and violence rooted in white supremacy and racism.

BCIT takes the physical and psychological safety of our community very seriously, and has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and injustice. We are committed to providing a learning and working environment that is inclusive and respectful to all, and as such, condemns any and all forms of discrimination and harassment.

As embedded in our BCIT values, we champion 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 Indigenous Services, the Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion Department, 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.

Here are some steps you can take to support the IBPoC Community:

Everyone has a responsibility to oppose and challenge racism. We all have unconscious biases that affect the way we view and respond to our surroundings. From the most mild bias to the most extreme, we can objectively look at the impact we have on our world and try to make it better through self-awareness and action. We cannot fight racism with an attitude of complacency.

Educate yourself.

Self education is an ongoing process and we must work to recognize our own privilege, biases, and systemic discrimination. Understanding the role we all play is the first step in preventing and addressing racism. These books are a great starting point:

  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What we See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
  • Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald

Move from silent bystander to an active ally.

  • Remember, silence empowers the oppressor. Learn what you can do when you witness racism or other forms of bigotry.
  • Read – Subtle Act of Exclusion: How to understand, Identify, and Stop Microagressions by Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran

If you have Privilege, acknowledge it.

  • Read – White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo
  • Take the  #DifferentTogether Pledge

Other Resources for education and understanding:

Do you need help?

Mental health and wellness supports are available for students through Counselling & Student Development and for staff and faculty through Homewood Health.

If you have experienced discrimination or harassment while studying or working at BCIT please contact the Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion office.

RDI Services and InitiativesBCIT staff and students walking in the Vancouver Pride parade holding up the letters B C I T
  • Diversity & Inclusion Awareness
  • Be More Than A Bystander Training
  • Respectful Workplace Training
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Creating a culture of consent – Consent Tea Video
  • Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion (CCDI) Membership
  • Pride
  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Diversity Quilt
Contact Us

Shereen Tayles, Associate Director 604-451-6721

Tanya Buschau, Advisor 604-432-8538

Wendy McLeod, Coordinator 604-432-8409

Office Telephone: 604-432-8409
Confidential Email: respect@bcit.ca
Office Location: SW01 1550 Burnaby campus

Please Note: Our voicemails and emails are only monitored by the RDI team. Your privacy and confidentiality is important to us.

We acknowledge that BCIT campuses are located on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.

a colourful logo that has CCDI in the middle it is for the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

BCIT is a member of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)