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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Jane Ngobia, VP of Inclusive Communities at Sheridan

Dr. Jane Ngobia, VP of Inclusive Communities

When I joined Sheridan in January 2019, I was hired as Senior Adviser to the President and Vice Chancellor. Following broad community consultation to develop Sheridan’s Strategic Plan, the primacy of equity, diversity and inclusion was clearly articulated, and I accepted the inaugural role as Vice-President, Inclusive Communities. In this role, I am charged with the responsibility of working horizontally and partnering with all to embed diversity, equity and inclusion in all of Sheridan’s policies, processes and practices.

I understand my role as a leader in shaping, promoting and implementing Sheridan’s strategic direction, vision and initiatives for equity, diversity and inclusivity. My mandate is to purposefully foster and reaffirm an inclusive campus that embraces the rich diversity of Sheridan’s community to foster a strong sense of connection, respect for others’ rights to belong and equal opportunity to engage, thrive and succeed for everyone.

Fostering inclusion is truly a shared responsibility. I invite you to actively embed inclusion and equity into your spheres of influence at Sheridan and beyond. This is our shared vision — together, we will create a community where everyone is bringing their full potential and experiences, knowing their unique contributions are valued. This is formative to living Sheridan’s First Principles making Diversity, Equity and Inclusion an essential component of our excellence.

About Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Sheridan

Diversity is a Sheridan strength and leveraging it to unleash the potential of faculty, staff and students is our priority. Across our campuses, we’re making meaningful strides towards developing an equitable and inclusive community.

Under the leadership of the Vice President, Inclusive Communities, Sheridan is actively embedding values of equity, diversity and inclusion into policies, procedures and decision-making at all levels of the institution, while recognizing that this is an ongoing process fuelled by collective dedication and commitment.

Community engagement, collaborative consultation, respect for Indigenous ways of knowing and diverse perspectives, truth and reconciliation and putting people first, are considerations at the fore of Sheridan’s approach to EDI.

At Sheridan, we define:

  • Equity as fair treatment and access to opportunities. Sheridan values the fair and just treatment of all community members through the creation of opportunities and the removal of barriers to address historic and current disadvantages for equity-seeking and marginalized groups.
  • Diversity as all the ways in which we are different. Sheridan values and respects diversity in all its forms, including knowledge, worldviews and experiences. Diversity is born out of membership in different groups.
  • Inclusion as a process of intentional efforts to understand another perspective and feel empathy. An inclusive learning and working environment is one where every individual can maximize their potential, irrespective of personal characteristics.

Centre for Equity and Inclusion

Sheridan values diversity and strives to create an equitable and inclusive place to study and work. We can achieve this by:

  • Sharing responsibility for respecting others’ rights and dignity, and working to remove barriers
  • Committing to ongoing awareness and education about equity issues
  • Ensuring that Sheridan policies and practices meet or exceed legislative requirements

What CEI does


  • Advise on making your events, practices, and policies more equitable, accessible and inclusive
  • Provide guidance on inclusive language for documents and publications
  • Address concerns of sexual violence, gender-based violence, and intimate partner violence


  • Develop customized workshops and presentations for classes, student clubs or work teams
  • Design awareness campaigns on equity issues
  • Partner with student and employee groups to develop educational events on topics related to equity and inclusion

Complaint resolution

  • Advise on conflicts related to harassment and discrimination
  • Offer mediation and other alternative dispute resolution services
  • Conduct investigations into concerns of harassment and discrimination

Contact CEI

If you have an inquiry/concern and would like to make an appointment, please contact us.

Tel: 905-845-9430, ext. 2229

Please let us know if you require information about the accessibility of our service or to receive documents in an accessible format or with communication supports.

The CEI team

Jane Ngobia
Vice-President, Inclusive Communities
Ext. 4182

Cherie Robertson
Director, Human Rights and Equity Initiatives
Ext. 2915

Margaret Sanderson
Manager, Accessibility and Inclusion
Ext. 2775

Alicia Sullivan
Intake Coordinator
Ext. 8388

Cory Haslett
Coordinator, Human Rights Ambassador Program
Ext. 8498

Lianne Kendall
Sexual Violence Response Specialist
Ext. 8430

Resources and links

Please find links below to resources that are related to equity and inclusion. This section will be evolving. Please check back frequently.

Annual reports

Disability and accessibility

Gender and sexual diversity

Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) People

People of colour, race, ancestry, place of origin

Religious, Indigenous and spiritual observances

Sex, sexual harassment

Tip sheets

5 policies you should know