Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility Programming
Concordia University and the Faculty of Fine Arts are making time and space for professors, staff and teaching assistants to discuss the ways that principles of equity, diversity,inclusion, and accessibilty intersect with the everyday practices of our working and learning environments.
This page brings together programming and information initiated from within the Faculty of Fine Arts and by key partners across campus.
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Faculty Council Presentations
These 30 – 45 minute presentations cover selected issues and challenges and the campus resources and initiatives available to help address them. All faculty, staff and teaching assistants are welcome at Council.
If you are not on council’s regular mailing list, contact your department coordinator to ask for the Zoom link that is circulated a few days before each session.
Riding the wave with ACSD to support students
Understanding Disability in the Classroom
Orientation sessions for teaching assistants
TA orientations organized by the Faculty of Fine Arts include a unit on equity, diversity and inclusion.
The orientations are part of a range of professional development options for FoFA TAs. If you have signed a contract for 50 hours or more it includes 2 hours of paid, mandatory professional development. Talk to your supervising professor.
Practical strategies: decolonizing & de-centering 'Eurocentric normative discourse' in curriculum and pedagogical practices
What does it mean to create cultural safety for Indigenous students in the classroom?
Spoken Word Workshop
Building Cultural Safety for Indigenous Students in the Classroom
Indigenization and Decolonization share some values with EDIA, but are also distinct endeavours with their own priorities and approaches. Learn more by participating in the Pîkiskwêtân Learning Series. The Indigenous Directions Action Plan Offers tools for all members of the Concordia community wishing to redress the legacy of colonialism.
For students, the Otsenhákta Student Centre provides a warm place where First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students can find community, support, and assistance.
The Access Centre for Students with Disabilities reduces barriers to academic participation in the University, raises awareness about students with disabilities, and engages in community-building to further promote an invclusive learning environment at Concordia.
If you are an instructor, the principles for Universal Design for Learning can aid you in optimizing teaching and learning for all students. These practical training modules can also support you in building more inclusive and accessible course materials, from powerpoint slides to PDF files, while Brickfield will help you ensure that your Moodle pages are accessible to all learners.
Concordia is currently updating its Accessibility policy and procedures to better support students, staff, and faculty.
Policies, Plans, and Offices
Concordia University is committed to providing a safe, civil, and inclusive working and learning environment for all community members. The Code of Rights and Responsibilities and the Sexual Violence Policy provide a framework to promote and ensure a community free of sexual violence, harassment, intimidation and discrimination.
As a way of respecting diversity and placing a high value on inclusion, Concordia also makes accommodations for students for religious beliefs, observances and obligations.
Concordia has many specialized resources for community members facing a variety of situations. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to reach out to these resources for consultation, support, or to learn more about available services.
Raising and Responding to Concerns
Concordia values respect, fairness, inclusiveness and diversity. If you have concerns that touch on these principles, the Faculty of Fine Arts Guidelines for Raising Concerns offer information and options for acting. Additional guidelines are available to assist instructors and supervisors in responding to an expression of concern.