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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vancouver Island University is deeply committed to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). One of the six high-level commitments in our Strategic Plan: People, Place, Potential is to deepen EDI.

From 2019 – 2021, VIU embarked on a highly consultative process to develop our first EDI Action Plan.

We participated in and benefited from two federal government programs to build our capacity in EDI including the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Capacity Building Grant and the Dimensions Program supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

VIU also secured a SSHRC Connection Grant to host an EDI Symposium to bring together 14 institutions in from the Alliance of Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities (ACCRU), to establish a community of practice around EDI action planning in 2021.