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Equity action planning

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Our vision

Our vision is to be a Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science whose students, staff and faculty are representative of the population composition of Canada and thrive in a culture of:

  • inclusion
  • respect
  • wellness
  • accessibility

If you're looking for support or resources, please visit our Diversity and inclusion supports section or go to UVic's Equity and Human Rights office, a resource for everyone on campus.

We appreciate and welcome your comments on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) within the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. Place comments in the drop box labeled “Engineering Feedback,” located beside ELW A123 near the Nibbles and Bytes café.

Our priorities

  • to provide a research, study and work environment that attracts and retains a flourishing community in terms of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, Indigeneity, abilities and other underrepresented groups
  • to ensure inclusivity and equity for all

EDI Action Plan

Our EDI Action Plan identifies initiatives aimed at increasing the number of students, staff and faculty who identify as members of underrepresented genders and groups, including Indigenous Peoples. The plan also lists initiatives designed to improve the faculty’s culture and environment.

Developed as a "living" document, this plan was created by the faculty’s EDI Advisory Committee, which meets monthly and includes representation from students, faculty and staff. The committee is currently chaired by Dr. Rishi Gupta, special advisor to the dean on EDI.

Plan initiatives

1. Increase the number of undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty who identify as underrepresented genders. We will do this by:

  • having a targeted student outreach and recruitment strategy
  • tracking the gender identities of all qualified undergraduate and graduate applicants*
  • collecting gender data and reporting annually (to acuity council)
  • using targeted hiring of faculty identifying as belonging to underrepresented genders

2. Increase the number of Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty. We will do this by:

  • expanding our student outreach and recruitment strategy
  • using objective criteria to avoid implicit bias in assessing applicants
  • using targeted hiring of Indigenous faculty and staff

3. Improve the faculty’s culture and atmosphere. We will do this by having all faculty members:

4. Continuously improve the faculty’s EDI Action Plan to better address equity, diversity and inclusion concerns across the faculty.

*Note: during each admission cycle, we will review qualified applicants who self-identify as members of underrepresented genders and groups for consideration of suitable offers.

In addition to initiative #4, this Action Plan will undergo a full review every 5 years.

UVic’s commitment to EDI

Equity, diversity and inclusion are core values at UVic and are central to our Strategic Framework and university plans, including our Strategic Enrolment Management Plan and Indigenous Plan.

UVic is also developing a new Equity Action Plan, which will give the university a set of universal goals and objectives to advance equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism.

The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science shares UVic’s EDI values and objectives. 

Need help?

If you would like advice or have concerns around equity, diversity or inclusion at UVic, email UVic’s Equity and Human Rights Office or call 250-721-8488.

If you have questions or concerns about UVic’s sexualized violence policy or wish to make a disclosure or report, please call the sexualized violence resource and intake line at 250-721-8021.

For a list of resources within the faculty and beyond, visit Diversity and inclusion supports.