The upcoming round of collective bargaining is an important opportunity to enhance Brock’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).
After consulting with members, we have identified six key EDI demands.
- Conduct an equity audit of the tenure and promotion process
- Add domestic violence as a category for paid leave
- Integrate parameters for targeted hiring programs into the Collective Agreement
- Revise Employment Equity clause to allow applicants to self-identify as Black
- Support the establishment of gender affirmation benefits
- Request collection of demographic data to better inform EDI elements of university policies
The collective bargaining process can be used to narrow the University Administration’s value-action gap on EDI issues. Having accurate data and committing the necessary resources for EDI initiatives is fundamental to building a strong academic community where everyone, regardless of their background, feels supported, recognized, and is given the opportunity to thrive.