Diversity at Mohawk

On March 14th, 2012, Mohawk College held it’s first ever Diversity Forum where we heard from students and staff about their experiences with inclusivity and diversity at Mohawk College. For more information, check out the following report, A Sense of Belonging: Report on Social Inclusion at Mohawk (opens PDF, 2.7mb).

Interested in Getting Involved?

If you are interested in starting or joining a social/activity or academic club, visit your the Mohawk Students' Association (opens new window). If you are interested in starting or joining a cultural or religious group, please visit your Student Engagement office.

Our Message

Mohawk College is looking to evaluate how we are doing as a community, at creating a welcoming and inclusive environment that reflects the diverse experiences of our students and staff.

We want to ensure that we not only provide services, spaces, activities and curricula that represent all aspects of our diverse student and staff community, but also that our campuses are accessible and inviting. We want to create an environment where students and staff see themselves reflected in our learning community, and in which diversity is respected and celebrated. Join the discussion today!

Wayne Poirier,
VP Student Services

Definitions, Words and Terms

Here are some helpful definitions we use when talking about diversity at Mohawk College.

Diversity:
The presence of a wide range of human qualities and attributes within a group, organization, or society. The dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to, ancestry, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, physical and intellectual ability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

Equity:
A condition or state of fair, inclusive, and respectful treatment of all people. Equity does not mean treating people the same without regard for individual differences.

Inclusive Education:
Education that is based on the principles of acceptance and inclusion of all students. Students see themselves reflected in their curriculum, their physical surroundings, and the broader environment, in which diversity is honoured and all individuals are respected.

Source: Realizing the Promise of Diversity. Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, 2009 (opens PDF, 2.33mb). Government of Ontario. (4)

Words and Terms

Labels hurt.Search the Canadian Race Relations Foundation glossary (opens new window) for the appropriate diversity words and terms.