Diversity strengthens the university as a whole. It increases our skills, competencies and knowledge, improves our morale, broadens our curriculum, and makes us far more attractive to an increasingly broad pool of students.
Wilfrid Laurier University formally recognized these benefits when it adopted its first Employment Equity Policy in 1989. Since then, Laurier has broadened and strengthened its commitment towards employment equity by following the principles of the Federal Contractors Program, hiring dedicated staff working on equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives and embedding equity, diversity and inclusion in our core values and strategic plans.
Laurier is committed to promoting employment equity within the university community, including:
Indigenous Initiatives is committed to having Laurier be an extraordinary and empowering experience for all First Nations, Inuit and Metis students, staff and faculty. We believe that education, in a welcoming environment, that honours Indigenous people, is the path for our people to be all that we can be.
The Office of Indigenous Initiatives hosts and collaborates to offer a variety of cultural programming, training and events including an Annual Indigenist Research Symposium, KAIROs Blanket Ceremony, Centre for Indigegogy Certificate programs, speaker series, moon ceremonies and more.
In August 2017, Laurier established an Indigenous Curriculum Specialist who works closely with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and with Teaching and Learning to provide support to Laurier instructors as they integrate Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous curriculum into courses and programs. The Indigenous Curriculum Specialist also works closely with Indigenous communities to build mutual understanding and the development of meaningful conversations to strengthen Laurier's relationship with Indigenous communities.
Our Indigenous Student Centres in Waterloo and Brantford are open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners who are studying at Laurier, faculty and staff.
Services offered at the Indigenous Student Centres:
Laurier is committed to creating an inclusive environment for persons with disabilities; whether this is while studying, visiting or working. As a part of this commitment, Laurier offers a variety of services, policies, committees and ongoing training opportunities that work together to create an accessible Laurier.
Laurier has a number of key internal areas that support accessibility on campus, including: