Employment equity

expand, engage, encourage: embedding equity at uvic

Embedding Equity at UVic: Expand. Engage. Encourage.

At UVic, we each have a responsibility and a role to play in creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive community. Embedding equity is not only the right thing to do but essential for attracting and retaining people with the knowledge, perspectives and skills we need to achieve excellence.

Here are some practices to embed equity, diversity and inclusion in your units.

Expand awareness

Expand your own awareness and build skills in equity, diversity and inclusion.

1.  Become a bias buster. Learn about unconscious bias, its impacts and how to overcome it. 2.  Get informed. Learn more about Indigenization, anti-racism initiatives, sexualized violence prevention, gender diversity, disability and accommodation, and mental health support.

3. Get involved. Sign up for a workshop on effective hiring and assessment strategies.

Engage the team

Engage your employees and get them involved in creating a shared vision for an inclusive climate.

4.  Build an inclusive vision. Work with your team to create a vision of inclusion, and activities that support this vision.

  • To come: Inclusive Vision: PDF document

5.  Get support. Draw on resources to integrate equity best practices into all stages of hiring, assessment and employment.

6.  Set goals. Review goal-setting resources and connect with EQHR for support.

Encourage others

Encourage staff and faculty in your unit to support and build an inclusive community.

7.  Build it in. Factor equity into every decision you make. 
  • To come: Workbook on effective administrative decision-making. 
8.  Include it. Make a standing item on equity, diversity and inclusion at every unit meeting.
  • To come: Checklist: Talking about EDI in your unit.
  • See Performance & Development for resources on having difficult conversations and managing employees well
9.  Build community. Plan a lunch or other event focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • To come: Community Building
10.  Become champions. Create and support an equity committee in your unit.
  • To come: Equity Committees pages

Embed practices of equity, diversity, accessibility, inclusion and dialogue throughout the university community so that all members feel welcomed, valued and supported to achieve their highest potential. - University of Victoria Strategic Framework, strategy 1.2


What is employment equity?

Employment equity is for everyone. It means a fair shake for all, respect for and valuing of the perspectives each person brings, and a rich environment enlivened by the experiences, approaches and ideas of people who vary across the many characteristics that make us human.

We practice employment equity when we break down barriers to fairness and equal access. Equity is not only a prerequisite for excellence but the right thing to do.

Other resources on employment equity: