IV. Building Community

Building Community that creates an outstanding learning and working environment

As the largest university in the province, the University of Manitoba is also one of the largest communities in Manitoba. Each of our more than 38,000 students, staff and faculty have ambitions, potential and promise that contribute to the diversity of our community and establish a unique environment for learning and working.

Our university community engages in programs that foster interchange and creation of knowledge, ideas and opinions in a respectful, mutually supportive climate of trust. In this collegial environment each individual grows to achieve their full potential while concurrently contributing to the growth of colleagues, the community as a whole and Manitoba.

At the University of Manitoba we believe an outstanding learning and working environment is foundational to achieving our mission and vision. We are committed to recognizing and celebrating the contributions of all community members and the diversity of our community, particularly the role of Indigenous peoples. We encourage dialogue and inclusivity for the continuous refinement of academic, administrative and governance programs and processes. We are dedicated to providing all students, staff and faculty learning, research and leadership support and development opportunities.



Supporting Actions

  1. Make the University of Manitoba the institution of first choice for potential students, staff and faculty.
  1. Expand the pool of outstanding potential students, staff and faculty applying to the University of Manitoba.
  2. Retain the University of Manitoba's status as one of Manitoba's Top 25 Employers.
  1. Increase student, staff, faculty and leadership diversity that reflects society, especially with respect to the inclusion of women, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, gender and sexual minorities, and racialized minorities.
  1. Work toward appropriate student, staff and faculty gender balance in all academic programs.
  2. Increase the number of Indigenous students, staff and faculty.
  3. Build a culture of inclusion so that our leadership reflects the diversity of society.
  1. Increase student, staff and faculty satisfaction with the learning and work environment.
  1. Create initiatives designed to promote a respectful work and learning environment.
  2. Pursue best practices for provision of childcare and healthy living options for students, staff and faculty.
  3. Enhance common spaces, amenities and services to better meet the needs of the university community.
  4. Improve workload distribution to ensure staff are able to maintain an appropriate work-life balance consistent with their career objectives.
  5. Ensure all faculty, staff and students receive regular feedback to support individual growth, development and success.
  1. Develop a culture of leadership and teamwork among our students, staff and faculty through professional development programs.
  1. Increase professional development, leadership and growth opportunities for students, staff and faculty.
  1. Create a learning and work environment that meets the needs of the University's future, recognizes the Indigenous reality of Manitoba, integrates with surrounding communities, and supports environmental and resource sustainability.
  1. Balance staff and faculty levels to meet academic and administrative requirements.
  2. Ensure Campus Master Plans and campus development provide access to facilities for those with disabilities, demonstrates leadership in social, economic and environmental sustainability, and supports a growing learning and research enterprise.
  3. Improve the quality and level of maintenance of the University's physical spaces.
  4. Make Indigenous culture, language and symbols visible throughout our campuses.
  1. Provide information technology systems that support the needs of students, staff and faculty.
  1. Continue to renew information technology infrastructure to better support teaching, learning and research programs.
  1. Ensure university governance processes are meaningful, transparent, engaging and effective in advancing the University's mission and strategic priorities.
  1. Improve opportunities for participation in university governance, particularly for students, staff and junior faculty.
  1. Develop a culture of continuous dialogue, collaboration, and consensus building to improve communication and inform institutional development within the context of stable or diminishing resources.
  1. Develop robust processes for input from students, staff and faculty in the development of new administrative programs and systems.
  2. Better link planning and resource allocation in the support of the University's academic mission and priorities.
  1. Enhance and support meaningful connections between faculties and units within the University.
  1. Increase opportunities for cross-faculty/unit participation in projects and events to build a stronger sense of community.