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Introduction to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Code: ISP101
Apply this course towards: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Adult and Continuing Education

Course description

This course supports learners in cultivating an equity lens and developing practical strategies and tools to challenge systemic and organizational barriers to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Through case studies, analysis and self-reflection, learners explore core concepts, frameworks and contestations of EDI, including intersectionality, accessibility, accountability, impacts of oppression, power dynamics, resistance, and reconciliation.

Learning objectives

  • Understand how social location uniquely shapes people’s identities, values, and life experiences, and what roles people can take up in equity work. 
  • Define the fundamental concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and explain their significance in a social context.
  • Understand the wider social and political contexts of EDI frameworks, including their historical roots and connections to justice and equality movements, decolonization efforts, and multiculturalism.
  • Develop strategies to counter harmful patterns of dominance in behaviours, attitudes, and policies.
  • Apply discrimination and harassment legislation, policies and protocols to address harmful behaviours, including biases, stereotypes, and microaggressions.
  • Explore the connection between colonialism, reconciliation efforts, decolonization, and EDI practices in Canada.
  • Differentiate between disability justice, accommodations and accessibility, and analyze the legal obligations of employers in supporting employees with disabilities.

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