What is EDI?
EDI stands for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion/Inclusivity. Equity involves creating equal opportunity for all and eliminating barriers like discrimination and bias. Diversity recognizes and celebrates differences, including individual, social, cultural and political differences.
Inclusion represents the meaningful action that connects the concepts of equity and diversity.
Helpful resources for getting started:
“The Institute is committed to providing a learning and working environment that delivers fair treatment to all members of the Institute’s community. The JIBC will treat people in an ethical manner and embrace fairness, integrity and respect in all of its actions. This includes all aspects of recruitment, employment and promotion, appraisal, employees behaviour towards JIBC students and clients, and the JIBC’s curriculum design.”
Student Support | Justice Institute of British Columbia (jibc.ca) provides a variety of support services and resources to ensure that students can pursue their educational goals with dignity, security, and confidence, including the following:
The Senior Manager, Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources is happy to meet with students from all JIBC campuses to provide supports, resources and information so that students are able to succeed.
EDI in Teaching and Curriculum
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a curriculum design, development, and delivery framework that seeks to include the maximum number of learners in instruction by offering multiple paths to get to the same learning outcomes, including
Multiple means of engagement: the why of learning
Multiple means of representation: the what of learning
Multiple means of action and expression: the how of learning
CTLI has created its own UDL resources based on a series of workshops conducted in 2020 and 2021:
Open Education is a broad concept that incorporates principles of EDI in teaching and curriculum development. It usually equates to reducing barriers and improving access to education from within formal educational institutions.
Educators can find countless resources on EDI and education to help develop their knowledge on this subject as it applies to teaching and course design. Below are a few examples:
University of Exeter: Inclusive Teaching Resources: Getting started | Inclusive teaching resources | University of Exeter
EDI holds great potential for JIBC-focused research projects. If you have an idea about EDI as it relates to your teaching or your worklife, you may be able to get funding to support your research activities.
Check out the following research opportunities:
BC Campus sponsors research-based funding on a number of subjects that incorporate EDI concerns:
Grants and Calls for Proposals – BCcampus
National Sciences and Research Council, Government of Canada, sponsors capacity building in EDI for post-secondaries, including research funding:
NSERC - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (nserc-crsng.gc.ca)