EDI Resources

The Provost’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Initiative has partnered with the SFU Library to develop an EDI resource guide. This EDI guide is made up of curated resources to help you think more deeply about EDI and understand how these concepts are central to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive SFU community.

Here are some materials to get you started:

EDI Definitions

 

INCLUSION


Inclusion 
refers to belonging.  When you belong, you are accepted for the unique traits that make you different from other people, and you accept others for theirs. This means that you do not have to change or hide parts of yourself to ‘fit in’. You can be flexible in your approach to building relationships across differences – both to be yourself and to meet others as they are.  Achieving inclusion is the shared responsibility of everyone.

EQUITY


Equity 
is about fairness.  Equity recognizes differences and takes those differences into account to ensure a fair outcome.  This is different from equality, which is treating everyone the same.  Equity recognizes that injustices have occurred and continue to occur, and involves removing barriers, biases, and obstacles that impede equal access and opportunity to succeed.

 

DIVERSITY

 

Diversity involves respect. Diversity is a respectful acknowledgement of the many ways in which we are different.  At the heart of diversity is an invitation to learn more about different world views, philosophies, practices and ways of being. It is about moving beyond simple tolerance to authentically engaging the rich differences of each of us. It is about understanding each other.

 

It’s Time to Listen, Talk and Reflect Conversation Tools

Here are some guides and tools to encourage and support conversations around the ideas of belonging, inclusion, fairness and respect at SFU, including:

EDI Resource Guide

Reconciliation; SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council Reports and Updates

Accessible Events

Implicit Bias

Mentoring

Microaggressions

Pronouns

Student Support

General

Join in the community conversation about belonging, inclusion, fairness and respect at SFU.

Principles Guiding Community Conversations at SFU

Transparency

  • Our hope is to be clear about the objectives, scope, outcomes, and parameters of these conversations, including any constraints or boundaries.

Inclusive Participation 

  • Strive to use outreach methods that are accessible and inviting to all community members.
  • Reach out to a wide diversity of people, groups, and organizations. 
  • Invite university community members to participate in person, online, in groups, or as individuals.
  • Seek input when designing engagement opportunities.
  • Provide participants with information that is objective, clear, and accurate, in a variety of formats and in a timely manner. 
  • Apply inclusive event planning principles.

Establish a welcoming and supportive environment for participants

  • Set expectations for respectful dialogue.
  • Acknowledge emotional trauma and provide information about support. 
  • Address concerns about privacy.

Establish Expectations for Engagement in Conversations

  • Use active listening.
  • Be aware of one’s social position and privilege.
  • Recognize and acknowledge the difficult nature of the discussions and the personal levels of disclosure.

Establish timelines 

  • Ensure time is provided for respectful engagement thorough listening, speaking, reflecting, and discussing.