EDI Action Plan Update
Equity, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to the identity of St. Jerome’s as a Catholic university. The President and Vice Chancellor, Peter Meehan is therefore encouraged to share an update on the progress of its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiative as the university works through its three-phase approach.
During Phase 1 the President’s Working Group on EDI was created and tasked to take an inventory of current EDI initiatives; identify institutional strengths and challenges; review promising practices; and formulate baseline recommendations to be used in the development of the action plan. Their findings and recommendations were shared in a report distributed in February.
In Phase 2 – Development of an Action Plan, the President’s Advisory Group is developing a set of action items for each of the five key areas identified in the St. Jerome’s University initiative: (1) hiring systems and practices; (2) curriculum and programs; (3) outreach, recruiting, and marketing; (4) facilities; and (5) campus culture. The Advisory Group will submit its plan to SJU’s president in the fall.
“We will continue to liaise with our partners at the University of Waterloo and members of its President’s Anti-Racism Taskforce (PART), as this plan continues to develop,” noted Meehan. “I am thankful for the community members and stakeholders who are supporting this important process, and their commitment to advancing our equity, diversity, and inclusion goals as an institution.”