Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Our EDI Strategy
Lambton College believes that every person should have the opportunity to live a full, authentic life.
Our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy will act as a road map for the College, providing direction on everything from our curricular and pedagogical practices to enhancing student supports, research infrastructure, leadership development, and organizational culture.
As a community leader in equity, diversity, and inclusion, Lambton College has a significant responsibility to continue building on the important work we have done to create a college community in which everyone has the opportunity to live a full and authentic life.
We are committed to providing a biannual update on our EDI strategy so we can measure our progress and ensure we are enacting meaningful change that impacts the lived experiences of our community members.
Strategic Pillars & Actions
There are seven strategic pillars that form the basis of Lambton College's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy (pdf) - below are the highlighted pillars and actions taken:
We will Indigenize and decolonize our spaces - Executive Sponsor - Rob Kardas, President & CEO
We will foster more inclusive, equitable, diverse, and accessible working and learning environments - Executive Sponsor - Kurtis Gray, Associate Vice-President, Student Success
We will increase diversity of staff and faculty - Executive Sponsor - Spencer Dickson, Senior Vice-President, Strategy & Corporate Services
We will develop inclusive curriculum and support the ability of faculty to teach students from diverse backgrounds - Executive Sponsor - Mary Vaughan, Senior Vice-President, Academic & Student Success
We will provide more responsive student programs and services - Executive Sponsor - Kurtis Gray, Associate Vice-President, Student Success
We will ensure that community connections and partnerships meet the needs of our diverse college community - Executive Sponsor - Spencer Dickson, Senior Vice-President, Strategy & Corporate Services
We will strengthen research excellence through embedding Indigeneity, inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility considerations throughout the research process - Executive Sponsor - Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Vice-President, Research & Innovation
EDI in Action
IWC Fashion Show
When the International Women’s Club planned the first Cultural Fashion Show, we weren’t sure what kind of response we would get. We never anticipated the one we received. It was a huge hit at the College as well as on social media, and since that first show, we’ve replicated it at the West Entrance Opening Event and at Bluewater Health.
This show created enormous pride in our students for where they’re from, and also pride in our College because we care enough to celebrate and showcase them. These shows strengthen our students’ sense of belonging here, and that will only increase as we continue these shows and make them even bigger.
- Student, Financial Planning and Wealth Management, President of IWC, Member of the Immigration Taskforce Steering Committee, and Student Life Facilitator - SAC
Susan Doughty Professor
- School of Business and International Education
From our Students
As we continue to advance our EDI strategy, we want to ensure we are enacting meaningful change that impacts the lived experiences of all our students.
We invited our students to share their thoughts on why a commitment to individuality, human connection, and inclusivity matters to the students at Lambton College and this is what they had to say.
Research EDI Guide
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Guide focuses on integrating EDI principles across every facet of research. This entails eliminating barriers to recruitment for students and staff, fostering inclusive stakeholder engagement, actively embracing diverse perspectives, and guiding the development of solutions that consider the diverse needs of populations.
The EDI Guide forms the basis of our approach, ensuring research excellence throughout the research process and within our research teams. This will continue to strengthen and diversify our team in R&I, and we’re excited to see the impact this can have on communities and even nation-wide.
- Project and Application Development Coordinator
- Research & Innovation Institute
Lambton College conducted an assessment in 2021 with the help of Turner Consulting Group Inc. - a third-party consultant. The assessment considered:
- A review of employment policies and practices
- A review of student policies and practices
- Consultations with students, staff, and faculty through focus groups and online surveys
- One-on-one interviews with senior leaders, human resources staff, and union representatives
- Consultations with stakeholders in the college community
The results of this assessment we compiled into a two-part report and formed the basis of our EDI Strategy.