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Labour Action for Equity

Academic staff associations are committed to seeking equity for members of marginalized groups who are disproportionately excluded from full participation in the academy.

In the post-secondary education environment, systemic discrimination has manifested itself in barriers to access, employment, governance, inclusion, respect, and acceptance.

A commitment to equity begins with the acknowledgement of inequity and demands proactive redress for the effects of systemic discrimination; but it is far more difficult to put this commitment into practice because equity challenges and disrupts the status quo.

In this course, the participants will:

  • Define how their association can promote equity within their association and on the campus;
  • Identify how to promote equity in their collective agreement and in collective bargaining;
  • Strategize how to use the grievance process to advance equity;
  • Map the parameters of a campaign to promote equity;
  • Synthesize their key learning for this course.

Participants will complete six online modules, followed by a 3-hour Zoom session to review the new concepts in light of our experience and to strategize on how to advance equity on our campuses.

Together with colleagues from across Canada, participants will complete:

  • Six online modules.
  • One three-hour online webinar.

Next Equity Course:

  • March 4 – 8, 2024. To register, please contact your academic staff association by February 26, 2024.
    • Course schedule:
      • The online webinar will take place on Friday, March 8, 2024, for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EST)