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Informational Resources

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is firmly committed to advancing equity, celebrating diversity, and practicing inclusion for all. The following curated articles, videos, and research are provided to help you think more deeply about EDI and understand how these concepts are central to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive VIU community.

Protected Grounds

The B.C. Human Rights Code defines the basic rights of everyone in B.C. It prohibits discrimination in hiring and harassment on the job and requires equal pay regardless of gender. Sometimes these are called "protected characteristics" or "grounds of protection" or "prohibited grounds of discrimination."

Protected grounds include real or perceived: age, ancestry, colour, family status, marital status, physical or mental disability, place of origin, political belief, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and criminal conviction unrelated to employment

Bias

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Unconscious bias: Stereotypical hiring practices with Gail Tolstoi-Miller:  Tolstoi-Miller shares her very personal story of bias and how recognizing her own unconscious bias taught her to say “so what?”.

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The Urgency of Intersectionality with Kimberlé Crenshaw: 

Look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.

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