Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)

Equity & Human Rights Services (EHRS) serves as Western University’s strategic internal consultant service on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Our work supports campus-wide EDI initiatives relating to staff, faculty and students. Our team is available to consult on all aspects of the development, implementation and evaluation of Western’s EDI-related initiatives. We also offer EDI-related training and learning opportunities to support the creation of a respectful and inclusive campus community.

Our Commitment to EDI

Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) supports the University’s mandate as a research-intensive institution of higher learning, an employer of choice and a community leader. We believe that the University is enriched by the diversity of our campus community and strengthened by our shared commitment to equity and inclusion. We are guided by the following principles:

Equity – We value equity of access and opportunity for members of underrepresented and equity-seeking groups*. We take action to identify and address barriers to the full participation of members of these groups at the University.

Diversity – We value and respect the diversity of our campus community. We recognize the important contributions that diverse perspectives and lived experiences bring to Western’s learning, teaching, working and research environments.

Inclusion – We value inclusion and active engagement with and across diverse communities in all aspects of university life. We foster a welcoming campus community where everyone feels respected, valued and included.

*Members of underrepresented or equity-seeking groups includes, but may not be limited to, women, Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities, members of racialized groups and members of LGBTQ2+ communities. In recognition that all individuals have multiple aspects of identity, an intersectional lens will also be used when assessing barriers and/or developing policies/programs at the University.