Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization: Dr. Robert Daum

Dr. Robert Daum collaborates with colleagues to work with governments and post-secondary institutions as well as NGOs, foundations and museums in advancing equity, diversity, accessibility, and reconciliation. He works in partnership with client teams, stakeholders and communities to co-create transparent, accountable processes in a spirit of reciprocity. All his projects seek to support systems change, with particular attention to structures and other complexities that are not working well for equity-deserving groups. His dialogue and engagement work centres decolonised, relationship-based, strengths-based processes of dialogue and engagement.

Dr. Daum and his teams work primarily with post-secondary institutions and three levels of government. He specializes in:

  • The design and implementation of collaborative, transparent and accountable public and internal engagement processes;
  • Advising on strategic and operational complexities of equity-driven, strategic change initiatives;
  • Designing and facilitating trauma-informed, culturally competent, engagement-based initiatives;
  • Anti-racism, decolonization, and Indigenization readiness work, which includes planning frameworks for Indigenization, always in collaboration with Indigenous colleagues.

Currently, Dr. Daum is working closely on several projects with Lindsay Heller, a Nehiyaw scholar and skilled facilitator, to support Indigenization readiness initiatives at Vancouver Community College and, together with Chanel P. Blouin, at Adler University. Lindsay and Robert are also collaborating on anti-racism and equity initiatives at BCIT.

Dr. Daum is the Lead Facilitator for the Centre’s team supporting the BC Ministry of Health and the Office of the Premier in convening a series of dialogues to deepen consultations with leaders representing a broad cross-section of the province’s religious, spiritual and faith communities, as well as with Indigenous leaders, about the community impacts of the pandemic and evolving health orders. Other recent projects have focused on hate crime, human rights, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and other areas of public policy. Dr. Daum was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Reconciliation Canada.