Decolonizing, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2023-2028
DIVISION OF EQUITY, PEOPLE AND CULTURE AND
THE PRESIDENT’S ADVISORY COUNCIL ON EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
York’s vision for an equity strategy is based on a commitment to decolonizing, equity, diversity and inclusion (DEDI) and the fundamental belief that everyone should be treated fairly and equitably, with respect and dignity.
This strategy is a long-term endeavour that will evolve over time. The Strategy aims to embed DEDI into the fabric of York University in pursuit of living its mission and values. The DEDI Strategy consists of several interdependent dimensions, embedding DEDI principles, practices, and actions institutionally. This is visually represented as the head of a flower.
York University will cultivate inclusive teaching and learning environments that nurture multiple and intersectional ways of knowing, including the incorporation of DEDI principles in curriculum and programs.
York University will cultivate inclusive and equitable research environments that nurture multiple and intersectional ways of knowing, create and nurture diverse research teams and encourage research programs in traditionally equity-deserving settings.
Through a range of efforts across the University, York will work to build an environment that is representative of the communities it serves by actively recruiting, supporting, retaining, and advancing students, faculty, instructors, and staff from equity-deserving communities.
York University strives to be a community where all members demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate through and lead in a diverse world. York commits to building capacity in its leadership to advance EDI for today, tomorrow and the future.
York University will work towards creating an inclusive and equitable community where everyone has the potential to feel a sense of belonging and that they are respected. The University will undertake initiatives to enhance the accessibility of physical and virtual spaces for students, staff, faculty, and instructors.
The following principles guided the work of the President’s Advisory Council on EDI. It is hoped that these will provide common language and understanding in the implementation of the strategy and in related conversations across the university community: