Culture of Respect
Every person at Dalhousie has a right to be respected and safe. We believe inclusiveness is fundamental to education. We stand for equality.
Dalhousie is strengthened in our diversity. We are a respectful and inclusive community. We are committed to being a place where everyone feels welcome and supported, which is why our Strategic Direction prioritizes fostering a culture of diversity and inclusiveness (Strategic Priority 5.2).
Introduction of Diversity & Inclusiveness Strategy
As we approach 2018 and the completion of a significant body of work in support of the university’s Strategic Priority 5.2, focusing on Diversity and Inclusiveness, we are excited to introduce a Diversity & Inclusiveness Strategy to the Dalhousie community.
Developing an ongoing Diversity & Inclusiveness Strategy was one of the primary goals of Strategic Initiative 5.2. The purpose of the strategy is twofold. First, it grounds our work regarding diversity and inclusiveness in a researched framework to ensure that the activities that we are prioritizing are purposeful, balanced and measurable. Second, it helps us to ensure our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is long-term and embedded in our core business going forward.
In the short term, it will streamline, prioritize and track the progress of the recommendations that have arisen under the university’s Strategic Priority 5.2. Longer term, the Strategy will continue to inform how we identify and fulfill new goals going forward.
We are making positive change
We are guided by our values as an academic institution, with the highest priority being the safety and success of our students. In doing so, we will emerge stronger.
We are making positive change at Dalhousie. A lot of progress has been made, and we believe we can be an example for diversity and inclusiveness. View progress updates
- Renewed Dentistry student lounge reflects a new focus on inclusion (May 18, 2017)
- Respect and reconciliation: Dal Respect Reps make meaningful connections at national youth conference (April 18, 2017)
- Strength through diversity: Dal introduces Diversity and Inclusiveness Strategy (April 12, 2017)
- A symbol of significance: Dal seeks ideas for new ceremonial object to replace university mace (March 7, 2017)
- Passing the torch: Dal community kicks off African Heritage Month (February 2, 2017)
- Considering Lord Dalhousie's legacy on race (January 19, 2017)
- Taking action, raising awareness: Dal hosts 16 Days of Activism Against Gender‑Based Violence (November 25, 2016)
- "Be Counted": Second annual Dalhousie Census campaign launches (November 21, 2016)
- New name, revitalized mission for Dal Human Rights & Equity Services (November 16, 2016)
- Meet Dal's new ombudsperson (November 16, 2016)
- Documenting progress (October 18, 2016)
- Moving forward together: Dal permanently installs Mi’kmaq Grand Council Flag on Studley Campus (October 7, 2016)
- Pride, safety, inclusion: Dal celebrates Respect Week (September 23, 2016)
- The online side of orientation:Dal offers new online orientation modules (September 9, 2016)
- Pride and purpose: Dal hosts Pride Week events July 15-23 (July 14, 2016)
- New convocation traditions honour history and heritage (June 1, 2016)
- Help and support: Resources across campus for sexual assault (April 22, 2016)
- A resource for students: Dalhousie ombudsperson office to be implemented Fall 2016 (March 31, 2016)
- Scholarly panel set to consider Lord Dalhousie's history on slavery and race (March 31, 2016)
- Thrive: Building positive mental health for faculty, staff and students (March 14, 2016)
- Continuing conversation and action on diversity and inclusiveness at Dal (March 11, 2016)
- Wanda Thomas Bernard appointed as special advisor, diversity and inclusiveness (February 26, 2016)
- A partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (January 27, 2016)
- Dedicated to diversity: Meet Dal's new executive director of diversity and inclusiveness (January 22, 2016)
- Dal launches Elders in Residence program (December 11, 2015)
- From reflection to action: Dal starts work responding to Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (December 11, 2015)
- Dal report considers how to improve Aboriginal and Black/African‑Canadian student access and retention (November 26, 2015)
- “Be Counted”: Dalhousie Census to provide better understanding of the university community (November 16, 2015)
- Respect Week comes to Dalhousie (September 28, 2015)
- Creating a welcoming environment on campus (September 11, 2015)
- Dal making progress with diversity/inclusiveness initiatives (September 11, 2015)
- Dal Pride “floats” to the top (July 31, 2015)
- Dal’s new Indigenous Studies minor set to launch this fall (July 14, 2015)
- External Dentistry task force releases report (July 2, 2015)
- Dal begins work to implement "Belong" recommendations (June 5, 2015)
- "A Dalhousie in which everyone belongs": Diversity and inclusiveness initiative releases action report (March 5, 2015)
- A crucial conversation: Dal senior leaders discuss diversity and inclusiveness report (March 5, 2015)