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UVic one of Canada's top diversity employers

Wed, 2012-02-22 12:34

Together in diversity at the University of Victoria
Canada's Best Diversity Employers reception 2012
Adviser on Equity and Diversity Grace Wong Sneddon (centre) at Canada's Best Diversity Employers reception, Mar. 5, 2012

UVic has been named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers. The winners of the 2012 competition were announced Feb. 21, recognizing 50 organizations that lead the nation in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces.

UVic was the only local organization included on the list, and one of only three universities across Canada. The university was recognized for a variety of initiatives, including maintaining a diversity and equity steering committee, hosting an annual diversity research forum, managing a mental health task force and launching the Positive Space Network to create a positive and inclusive environment for all staff and students.

“We are very proud to be recognized for our strong commitment to diversity,” says Kane Kilbey, associate vice-president human resources. “We have made it our priority to recruit and retain a group of diverse and exceptionally talented people, and to support them in creating a dynamic and welcoming atmosphere on our campus.”

The Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition examines a range of diversity initiatives covering five major employee groups: women; members of visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered/transsexual (LGBT) peoples.

"UVic 's commitment to diversity is evident in how it supports leadership across campus—students, faculty and staff—and provides opportunities and spaces for people to share and to engage in critical conversations," says Grace Wong Sneddon, UVic's adviser on equity and diversity.

“The University of Victoria has taken great strides towards creating a welcoming community by spearheading events such as the annual diversity conference and encouraging faculty and staff to participate," says staff member Janine Mayers. "These events have given me the confidence to acknowledge and celebrate my own diversity within the greater University of Victoria community, whilst providing me the opportunity to meet amazing and inspirational people.”

“ I am very proud that my university is being recognized for its commitment to diversity," says student and casual employee Kyla Berry. "As a student advocate for persons with disabilities, I was invited to attend luncheons jointly hosted by CanAssist and the adviser to the provost on equity and diversity. These luncheons became a forum for students and employees with disabilities to share their experiences, to suggest improvements for current initiatives, and to identify gaps in programming and services.”

UVic was also recently named one of BC’s Top 50 employers for 2012. For more information on UVic’s equity and diversity initiatives visit www.uvic.ca/vpacademic/faculty/diversity/index.php. For details about the Top 50 Diversity Employers, visit http://CanadasTop100.com/diversity.