The Office of the Vice-President, People, Equity, & Inclusion (OVPPE&I) engaged Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA) to undertake a comprehensive assessment of equity, diversity and inclusion and Indigeneity & decolonization (EDI & ID) to uncover any gaps and challenges, as well as identifying, reinforcing, and building on its successes and strengths.The review process was based on five strategic pillars:
1. Inclusive campus climate.
2. Recruiting, developing, and advancing faculty and staff.
3. Equitable enrolment policies and practices.
4. Inclusive pedagogy and methodologies.
5. Community leadership and engagement.
HESA has completed their review, and the outcome of this process will assist the Office of the Vice-President, People, Equity, & Inclusion with enabling that EDI & ID is integrated across the institution in its policies, procedures, practices, cultures, and norms — not only to establish tenets of a coherent and data-driven EDI strategy and strategic priorities but also to ensure accountability by assessing how to measure its effectiveness.
The ID review, conducted by the Indigenization External Consultant working with HESA, resulted in a preliminary understanding of Indigenous staff and faculty experiences at the university and their perspectives on the state of Indigenization and decolonization efforts at UWindsor. Given that this portion of the review was not comprehensive in nature, it could be used as a potential starting point for the Indigenous Strategic planning process and has been provided to the Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Relations and Outreach. The OVPPE&I’s office will use this preliminary review to reflect on and take steps regarding its responsibility regarding Truth & Reconciliation and the importance of solidarity with our Indigenous colleagues as it advances the EDI strategic plan and priorities.
- The Steering Committee members for EDI&ID external review will use EAB’s DEIJ Institutional Strategy Index to provide their feedback and recommendations on prioritizing the 72+ recommendations arising from the EDI reports. [October 2023 – November 2023]
- The OVPPE&I team will begin to lay the foundations for the inaugural EDI Strategic Plan and develop the mission, vision, and guiding principles to develop the strategic goals and strategic priorities and to action the work. [November 2023 – January 2024]