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Laurier is committed to creating a culture of inclusion where all members feel accepted and can experience the powerful sense of belonging. We strive to provide barrier-free, welcoming and affirming learning and working environments that enable all people to fully participate in every aspect of day-to-day life. By embracing the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, Laurier is better equipped to attract, retain and advance the kind of talented staff and faculty who move the university forward in new and exciting ways.

Our Commitment

We are committed to: 

  • Building campus communities that foster engagement from the widest possible range of participants.
  • Creating stronger relationships with the communities in which our campuses are situated and a richer culture of diversity and inclusivity.
  • Ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve academic excellence and take part in a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose.
  • Providing a barrier-free, equitable and inclusive workplace, focused on the recruitment and retention of a highly qualified and diverse faculty and staff.

Promoting Employment Equity

We are committed to promoting employment equity within the university community with:

  • A workplace free from discrimination.
  • Equitable employment and promotional opportunities to persons who identify as Indigenous, racialized, as having disabilities and members of minority sexual and gender identities.
  • Employing a workforce that is reflective our community.

Foreign Nationals

In Canada, the rights of all workers, including temporary foreign workers and those hired under the International Mobility Program, are protected by law.

Learn more about your rights as a foreign worker in Canada.

Outreach Initiatives

Lauriers commitment to inclusion includes being in partnership with the following groups:

  • Immigration Partnership
  • Coalition of Muslim Women
  • Nation Talk
  • Grand River Employment and Training (GREAT)
  • Six Nations and Mississaugas of the New Credit Employment Centre
  • Employment Ontario
  • The Working Centre
  • Lutherwood
  • YMCA Immigrant Services

Dimensions: Equity Diversity and Inclusion in Canada

Laurier was one of the first institutions to sign on to the Federal Charter, and one of 17 institutions chosen to participate in the Dimensions Pilot Program.

The program will support Laurier in its efforts to identify and eliminate barriers and inequities.

Learn More About Dimensions

Office of Indigenous Initiatives

We are proud to foster a community that embraces Indigenous initiatives as part of our institutional identity. Led by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, we have been working toward the goal of Indigenization, a term that reflects the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge into the daily life of the university.

Learn More About Indigenization

University Employment Equity Advisory Committee (UEEAC)

The UEEAC is an ongoing advisory team comprised of employees interested in working on employment equity-related initiatives. The group identifies barriers to employment equity and provides support and feedback to administration on resource development and initiative planning.

Learn More About the UEEAC