Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Collingwood is committed to recognizing, addressing and eradicating all forms of racism and oppression on campus and in the broader community. We understand that we all come from different and diverse backgrounds, and recognize that individuals in our community are at various points along this journey. We also acknowledge that bias can be unconscious or unintentional and that racism and oppression is the combination of social/institutional power plus prejudice. To be an unbiased community, we are committed to being purposeful in our efforts to identify, discuss and challenge issues of race, Indigenous identity, class, gender identity or expression, sexuality, disability, ethnicity, and religion and the impact(s) they have on our students, families, alumni staff and faculty.
Our two-year plan involves education and stakeholder consultation in an effort to both educate and understand all members of our community. We have broken this process out into three phases: Exploration and Education; Engagement and Action; Plan Development.
The ultimate goal of this process will be the creation of Collingwood’s first Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan. All voices are important. Thank you for taking this journey with us.
Note: This webpage is a resource and starting point in our goal to develop an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan for the School. We hope that these resources prove useful and we welcome any suggestions of additional content to share.
Equity (and how is that different from Equality?)
When we treat everyone equally, we treat everyone the same. But when we treat everyone equitably, we focus on individual needs. In a diverse community like Collingwood, differences exist, and people require support in different ways. Equity acknowledges that everyone has different needs, experiences, and opportunities. In an equitable environment, we give people what they need as individuals to elevate everyone to an equal playing field.
Diversity refers to the variety of similarities and differences among people. Differences can include gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socio-economic difference, appearance, language and accent, disability, mental health, education, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role and function, thinking style, and personality type.
Inclusion is a dynamic state in which an organization takes advantage of its diversity to create a fair, healthy, and high-performing community. To ensure an inclusive environment at Collinwood, we need to ensure that everyone in the community enjoys equitable access to resources and opportunities. We want everyone to feel safe, respected, engaged, motivated, and valued for who they are and for their contributions - both in our community and in society.
Collingwood has embarked on a two- year consultation and planning process that will result in an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Plan for the school community. The goal of this plan is to ensure that teaching and learning at Collingwood takes place in an environment in which every member of our student body, faculty, and staff feels safe and is treated with dignity and respect. In doing so, it will support our mission to prepare young people for meaningful lives and advance our core values of courage, curiosity, and community.
In addition to supporting Collingwood’s mission and values, we believe that our EDI plan will help us to build a stronger school community that leverages a range of backgrounds and skills to enhance creativity, innovation, and problem solving. It will assist in attracting and retaining diverse students, faculty and staff. It will cultivate leaders who inspire inclusion and champion diversity, and increase school community engagement, motivation, and productivity.
Your voice is important. Our EDI Plan will be grounded in learning from all stakeholders—students, parents and families, alumni, Board of Governors, and faculty and staff. We hope you’ll participate in our school-wide consultation January 18 to 31, 2021. There will be a variety of ways to contribute to the consultation: by attending a small group meeting online; by completing our anonymous on-line survey; or by sending us a written submission. The input we receive will all be considered by our review team as we move forward with our plan.
Virtual small group meetings, facilitated by an independent consultant, enable participants to share their views and experience in a safe and confidential setting. Registration will be limited to ensure time and space for meaningful dialogue. Please register in advance by emailing email@example.com **
We respectfully acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), peoples on whose traditional unceded territories our two campuses reside.