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Human rights, equity and inclusion

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Through focused efforts to remove systemic barriers, our Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion unit aims to foster an environment that's welcoming to our students, employees and community partners. The team works to build an equity-minded culture throughout the College by focusing on building awareness, allyship and action.

The department is comprised of the Centre for the Advancement of Educational Equity and Belonging and Human Rights and Equity Services.

What we do

  • Promote an environment that's welcoming and inclusive by supporting a respectful community that’s free from sexual violence, racism, discrimination and harassment.
  • Encourage open dialogue on complex issues related to race, class, ability, gender, sexual orientation, privilege and other dimensions of equity.
  • Create safer spaces that invite participation, encourage the sharing of stories and the voicing of larger societal contexts.
  • Lead NSCC’s sexual violence prevention and education efforts and response to incidents of sexual violence.
  • Provide guidance on the evaluation of risk, interpretation of policy and conflict competent resolution of concerns.
  • Provide a spectrum of interest-based, restorative, culturally responsive conflict resolution options to resolve concerns.
  • Focus on making connections, strengthening relationships and repairing harm as a way of building community.
  • Provide and co-ordinate American Sign Language interpreting services for NSCC staff, faculty and community.
  • Promote activities, events, initiatives and observances related to human rights, equity and inclusion.
  • Lead the development of strategic equity plans, such as a College accessibility plan, Indigenous education framework and a racism action plan.
  • Help to reduce financial barriers for students by collaborating with NSCC Foundation on initiatives, such as informing ways to embed equity into appeal campaigns and the creation of new student bursaries.
  • Engage in equity-related research and innovation projects.
  • Provide culturally specific expertise and leadership through employee resource networks, campus-based equity and inclusion committees and student affinity groups (in collaboration with Student Affairs).
  • Offer programming in priority areas for students from equity-deserving groups.
  • Develop and deliver training, webinars and other supports to achieve both employment and educational equity.

How you can help

We’re committed to listening and working towards providing equitable solutions for our students and employees, so all can thrive.

Contact us

  • , Manager, Respectful Communities and Human Rights
  •  Office Intake Coordinator
  • , Respectful Communities and Human Rights Lead
  • , Respectful Communities Lead  
  • , Respectful Community Lead 
  • , Interpreting and Communication Lead
  • , ASL English Staff Interpreter 
  • , Senior Advisor, Mi’kmaw and Indigenous Initiatives (L’nuey Nikanus)
  • , Senior Advisor, Black Nova Scotian Initiatives
  • , Senior Advisor, Persons with disabilities and 2SLGBTQ+
  •  Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Lead
  • , General information 

Subject guides

View our equity and inclusion subject guides.