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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Being aware of social issues around the globe and gaining perspective on the impact they can have on people is important. There are many intercultural issues in our society connected to language, gender, ethnicity and class. In these courses, you will develop intercultural and communication skills to help build an environment that promotes equity, inclusion and accessibility. You will become better at analyzing and resolving issues of diversity in the contemporary world, your surrounding communities and your workplace.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion programs

We offer diplomas in Social Justice Studies (SJS) and Intercultural Studies and Practice (ISP). These programs will provide you with a better awareness of social issues in our world, as you study various cultural topics, including racism, equality, cross-cultural communication and social justice. 

New this year: Transformative Climate Action certificate and Climate Action Planning micro-certificate. These programs blend policy, social justice and science, empowering you to implement effective and collaborative action across various communities. Lead with vision and empathy to strategize climate solutions by integrating diverse perspectives. 

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Intercultural Studies and Practice

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Also newly launched is the Micro-certificate in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI). This program will expand your knowledge on topics of diversity in our world and strengthen your communication and conflict resolution skills. Participants will learn about intercultural communication, systemic barriers and talent acquisition to transform work environments and promote collaboration.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion courses

While many courses under this topic can be taken individually for personal interest, some can only be taken while studying in the ISP program.


Courses open for registration

Climate Action Planning

The Climate Action Planning micro-credential (CAP) is a great opportunity to learn the foundations of planning for climate action. You will develop the skills needed for you as a professional to put into action at all government levels.
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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

This program empowers employers and employees to drive positive change by fostering equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplaces. Participants will learn about intercultural communication, systemic barriers and talent acquisition to transform work environments and promote collaboration.
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Fundamentals for the Homelessness Serving Sector

If you provide support to people who are experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of homelessness, the new Fundamentals for the Homelessness Serving Sector micro-credential program is for you. You will enhance your knowledge and gain the skills and competencies necessary for paid or volunteer roles in the sector.
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General Studies

This flexible certificate program allows you to customize a course of study to meet your specific learning goals.
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Intercultural Studies and Practice

The Diploma in Intercultural Studies and Practice (ISP) prepares students to play a productive and socially responsible role in an increasingly multicultural and diverse world. The program aims to develop social responsibility and a clearer understanding and awareness of the complex issues at play in a multicultural society.
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Social Justice Studies

The aim of the Social Justice Studies (SJS) diploma program is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the range of ways in which scholars, researchers and students address and engage with issues surrounding social inequities and injustices in the contemporary world.
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Transformative Climate Action

The need for transformative climate action is urgent. An effective and practical response requires significant changes to how we live. The Transformative Climate Action Certificate (TCA) provides the tools needed to make social, cultural and political changes that support diverse, ethical and flourishing communities.
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National Indigenous History Month and Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous History Month is a time to recognize, learn about and celebrate the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

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What is intercultural studies and why is it important?

Watch the following video to hear instructor Dr. Moussa Magassa talk about intercultural studies and how it can be applied in your community, workplace or around the world to support diversity, inclusion and social change. 

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Opening a dialogue on "Black Identity"

We hear so much about identity and culture. What is it? How is it defined? There are so many facets in defining Canadian culture and identity.  Dr. Moustapha Fall, of UVic’s Department of French, will be teaching a new course, Understanding “Black Identity” in the Context of Canadian Mainstream Culture in January 2021.

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Social change depends on Ubuntu

You may have guessed already from my name, I am a hyphenated-Canadian, meaning someone who has immigrated to Canada. Yes, I was born in the warm and colourful continent of Africa.

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Continuing Studies participates in Orange Shirt Day 2019

On Monday, Sept. 30, staff at the Division of Continuing Studies took part in the annual Orange Shirt Day along with other UVic faculty, staff and students. The event was created to show respect for residential school survivors and their families, and to commit to the principle that every child matters. 

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5 Days of Action – A UVic Event to Promote Inclusion

During the week of March 19, UVic participated in the first ever 5 Days of Action. The goal of the event was to create meaningful and respectful dialogue on campus around equity, diversity and human rights and to actively engage the campus community in concrete actions to end discrimination, harassment and sexualized violence.

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Following your joy

When you love what you’re doing, balancing a career, family and school is easy. At least according to Kristin Wiens, who started her first class with Continuing Studies as a single mother of two pursuing a Diploma in Intercultural Education, while concurrently completing a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics at UVic.

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Experiential learning

Experiential learning, in the most basic terms, means learning by doing and applying knowledge in a real-world context. Many professional programs at Continuing Studies offer a practicum or final project option toward the end of a student’s program ...

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Irene Lo, Program Assistant (Intercultural Studies and Practice)
Tel 250-721-8457
Email cmpasst@uvic.ca
Becky Rogers, Program Coordinator (Social Justice Studies)
Tel 250-721-7589
Email hsscoord@uvic.ca