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EDI Knowledge Mobilization and Dissemination Centre at Sheridan

Enroll in the FREE online Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Learning Series!

The KMDC is excited to announce the upcoming term offering of the FREE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Learning Series. This cohort will run between May 29–July 31, 2024. An E-learning certificate and LinkedIn badge will be available upon completion.

Sheridan College is a proud Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Knowledge Mobilization and Dissemination Centre (KMDC).

One of our primary roles is to support organizations, workplaces and colleges and institutes in their efforts to advance EDI.

What we offer

  • Knowledge-sharing events
  • EDI resources and tools
  • An EDI community of practice
  • Navigation of the What Works Toolkit
  • Learning opportunities and professional development
  • EDI coaching and consultation services
  • EDI advisement services to 50 – 30 Challenge participants in Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington

The 50 – 30 Challenge

What is the 50 – 30 Challenge? 

The 50 – 30 Challenge is a Government of Canada initiative — in collaboration with Canadian businesses and diversity organizations — that aims to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in organizations across Canada.

The initiative challenges organizations to aspire to two goals for their boards and/or senior management:

  1. Gender parity (50% women and/or non-binary people); and
  2. Significant representation (30%) of other equity-deserving groups, including racialized people, people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and Aboriginal and/or Indigenous Peoples.

Sign up for the Challenge today!

Join more than 2,000 organizations across Canada that have already committed to the 50 – 30 Challenge.

Sheridan’s role in the 50 – 30 Challenge

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is one of five 50 – 30 Challenge Ecosystem Partners selected by the Government of Canada to help participants adopt diversity practices within their organizations.

CICan, in turn, has built a project team comprised of five 50 – 30 Challenge Hubs and two Knowledge Mobilization and Dissemination Centres (KMDCs) to support organizations that have committed to the 50 – 30 Challenge.

Sheridan College is one of those KMDCs.

As the English-speaking KMDC in Canada, our Sheridan team creates and showcases tools that CICan's 50 ⁠–⁠ 30 Challenge Hubs and 50 ⁠–⁠ 30 Challenge participants can use to achieve their EDI goals. We also guide colleges and institutes on their EDI journeys.

CICan EDI Community of Practice

Established in 2023, the CICan Equity Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice (CoP) brings together leaders and practitioners of Canadian colleges and institutes who actively advance EDI, accessibility, social justice and decolonization in their institutions. The CoP provides a space for members to share promising EDI practices, knowledge and tools to support college-level EDI actions and inform sector-wide EDI priorities.

In recognition of the mutual goal of colleges and institutes to cultivate environments that are diverse, equitable and inclusive for faculty, staff and students, we leverage the expertise of a growing national network of committed EDI change agents. Members are motivated to solve perennial EDI challenges that limit institutional and sector EDI impact, while collectively celebrating progress and impact.

Together, we can go farther and do better!

The CICan Equity Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice warmly welcomes you to join us at one of our monthly virtual gatherings! For more information, please contact: edikmdc@sheridancollege.ca

Interested in joining the CICan EDI Community of Practice (CoP)?

If you are a college/institute EDI practitioner who is interested in joining the CICan EDI Community of Practice, please complete this intake form.

Tools and resources

Inclusive Language Guides

Using inclusive language respects our differences, rather than ignoring them.

Sheridan's KMDC has developed the following Inclusive Language Guides:

These guides include a comprehensive selection of inclusive language definitions, practices and additional resources. They help us all communicate with each other and the people we serve in the most unbiased and affirming ways possible.

It’s important to be mindful that language is constantly evolving. Language should also be based off the direction of the individual (e.g., some people prefer person-first language, whereas others prefer identity-first language).

Webinars & Events

Since launching in January 2023, Sheridan’s EDI Knowledge Mobilization and Dissemination Centre has hosted 20 webinars with more than 1,900 participants. More than half of our participants have attended more than one session.

We’re passionate about this work and committed to providing EDI coaching, consultations, tools and resources and more to support you as you work to advance EDI within your organization.

We hope you’ll join us for future events, which will be shared here once details are available.

Recap: Strengthen your EDI – Core Course Day. In collaboration with Fanshawe College for the 50 – 30 Challenge. (September 27, 2023)

The 50 – 30 Challenge EDI Impact Program

CICan’s KMDC at Sheridan College has designed a series of workshops to support your EDI learning and infrastructure needs. The 50 ⁠–⁠ 30 Challenge EDI Impact Program includes:

  • diagnostic assessments you can use to identify where you are on the journey and what will take you to the next level;
  • a roster of relevant tools, templates and examples you’ll be able to put into use right away;
  • maximum interaction and collaboration with fellow learners to support a community of practice and enable shared learning through experience in the ‘real world’

Join us in any of our upcoming sessions:

Inclusive Leadership

Date: June 12, 2024
Time: 1–3 p.m. EDT
Location: Online

Inclusive leadership sets the tone for equity, diversity and inclusion throughout any organization. In this workshop, you’ll explore how to set and reinforce clear expectations for leaders around EDI, discuss how leaders can demonstrate an inclusive approach in their day-to-day work, and how their decision-making can be data-informed from an EDI perspective.

Meet the team

We want to support you on your equity, diversity and inclusion journey.

Connect with us to learn more:

905-845-9430, ext. 33010

  • Abigail SaloleAbigail is an award-winning educator who taught courses on social justice and equity before becoming a leader in Sheridan’s Office of Inclusive Communities. She led Sheridan’s participation in the Tri-Council Dimensions pilot and now directs Sheridan’s EDI institutional accountability initiatives to further embed EDI across the institution. Connect with Abigail if you have ideas on EDI tool creation for the project, EDI in colleges or would like to share cat videos or chat about cross-stitching.

  • Alicia SullivanAlicia is a dedicated leader and EDI professional who currently serves as Manager, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at College and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) EDI Knowledge Mobilization and Dissemination Centre located at Sheridan College. She provides operational and programmatic oversight for a Canada-wide advising program to advance the objectives of the Government of Canada’s 50 – 30 Challenge Program. Alicia provides leadership, coaching and mentorship to a team of EDI advisors across four Regional College Hubs and works more broadly with over 20 English-speaking colleges and institutes across Canada, helping them to identify and address systemic barriers to create more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces in colleges. She has held previous roles at Sheridan including, Project Manager of a game-changing student experience program and was the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator. She is currently a part-professor of Sociology and serves as volunteer to several Halton Region organizations as an EDI advisor, helping them to address barriers faced by members of equity deserving groups.

    Alicia is a fitness enthusiast who welcomes the opportunity for a fitness challenge any day!

    Email: alicia.sullivan@sheridancollege.ca
    Calendar: Book a time to speak with Alicia

  • Wendy WangWendy is passionate about promoting EDI in all aspects of her work. Her strong commitment to EDI is reflected in her research experience exploring discrimination faced by the immigrant community. Wendy works part-time on the 50 – 30 Challenge and supports the team by creating effective channels for communication and evaluation. She also works closely with team members to coordinate EDI events and connect people with the resources they need. Contact Wendy for 50 – 30 Challenge resources or to chat about dogs and yoga!

    Email: wendy.wang@sheridancollege.ca

  • Alyssa WarnockAlyssa values radical engagement and investing in individual potential. She is dedicated to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes its importance in ensuring healthy and thriving communities. As the EDI Project Assistant, she is a good person to connect with when you are not sure who to connect with! Alyssa helps coordinate events and other EDI initiatives. She also supports content creation for communication materials and social media. Connect with Alyssa to learn more about the work we are doing, how to make candles, or to join her in some crafting!

    Email: alyssa.warnock@sheridancollege.ca

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