Tree made out of different coloured hand prints

Our approach to equity, diversity and inclusion

At The Centre, we understand equity, diversity and inclusion as three terms with many definitions. As a brief overview, equity has to do with fair rather than equal treatment. Diversity can refer to all sorts of characteristics and identities and is not a characteristic that can be measured or completed. Inclusion goes beyond an invitation to join a group towards feeling a sense of mattering or belonging within a group. Equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives share common goals with conversations around decolonization, Indigenization, reconciliation, anti-racism, accessibility and social justice, among others. But we also recognize that these movements are not identical.

Equity, diversity and inclusion principles inform our understanding of inclusive pedagogy, which we draw from the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the University of British Columbia.

Inclusive teaching refers to intentional approaches to curriculum, course design, teaching practice, and assessment that create a learning environment where all students feel that their differences are valued and respected, have equitable access to learning and other educational opportunities, and are supported to learn to their full potential. Rather than being a static checklist, inclusive teaching can change depending on context. It is a lens that guides instructors to consider and address the ways historical and systemic inequities continue to shape students’ learning experiences.

Different coloured kayaks lined up against a wall.

Learn more

Topics in inclusive pedagogies are as diverse as the people who engage with them. Here are a few Centre-developed resources as well as curated links to external sites on a range of topics.

Take action

A commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in teaching and learning means a commitment to lifelong self-education and ongoing action. Here are some possible actions for you to take:

Our internal work towards equity, diversity and inclusion

At The Centre, we are taking action too. We have a monthly professional development community called Sun Rope and are working to infuse equity, diversity and inclusion across all of our programming and practices.

  • Sun Rope

    At the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, we have formed a collective called Sun Rope where colleagues with diverse roles from across our unit discuss topics in equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. We meet monthly and are working to create a space to ask questions, explore uncomfortable topics with curiosity and compassion and share ideas and actions around topics which include, but are not limited to:

    • Land acknowledgements
    • Reconciliation, decolonization, Indigenization
    • Identity and positionality
    • Microaggressions and racism
    • Violence and safety in teaching and learning environments
    • Gender inclusivity
  • Origins of the term "Sun Rope"

    In community, we recognize a kinship. This kinship acts as a bridge that contains our blood memories, our interconnections between all things, connection with the Sky, the Earth, the four cardinal directions and with our relatives, those that fly and crawl and swim, the four legged and two legged. Inspired by a Cree term, “Sun Rope” is a rainbow that acts like a bridge provided by the Sun that connects humanity collectively.

    In a similar way, we use the metaphor of a Sun Rope to reflect the kinship and connections among Indigenization, decolonization, equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, and the relationships we form as educators. We recognize the connections and differences in our paths, and work to build bridges to support each other’s diverse aims.

Contact us

The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
65 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg, MB
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

204-474-8708
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