Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Specialist (Student Services)
We acknowledge post-secondary institutions as sites of settler colonialism and other forms of interlocking systems of oppression and as such, SFU is built of these systems. Student Services is engaged in the ongoing work of identifying and dismantling systems of oppression and discrimination and we are committed to change by learning, unlearning and taking action. We acknowledge the gap that exists between our espoused commitments to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and how these are enacted and we seek to build our collective capacity to narrow this gap.
Student Services is led by the Vice Provost & Associate Vice President, Students & International and is comprised of 400 full time and student employees working in 21 departments. More information regarding the portfolio can be found here: http://www.sfu.ca/students/avp.html.
This role, reporting to the Office of the Vice Provost & AVP, Students & International, will work alongside Student Services senior leadership team, Directors and staff to collaboratively:
- Identify problematic student-facing policies, procedures, and practices and help our work and our culture, as a service and at the department level, to become more equitable and just.
- Lead the development & delivery of culturally safe supports for equity-deserving student populations where SFU services do not already exist. As needed, provide guidance and support to those staff who deliver already-established services and programs.
- Lead the development & delivery of coordinated educational programming for Student Services staff and SFU students in order to raise individual and collective critical consciousness regarding power, privilege and interlocking systems of oppression, which may include settler colonialism, racism & white supremacy, transphobia, heterosexism, classism, Islamophobia, ableism, and ageism.
- Support institutional equity and inclusion efforts, which may include the collection and use of disaggregated student demographic data and the establishment of clear processes for students to seek support and/or report incidents related to the enactment of oppression.
- Five or more years of relevant work experience in a not-for-profit, community organization, or educational environment.
- A bachelor’s degree in a relevant academic program.
- Strong ability to identify and analyze institutional barriers to equitable participation.
- Significant experience educating others about intersectionality, power, privilege and systems of oppression – this experience is not necessarily in formal classroom or workshop environments.
- Significant experience in, and comfort with, navigating and building relationships and leading social transformation within challenging and political environments.
- Experience working with equity-seeking students and/or youth.
- Deep understanding and appreciation that equity-seeking groups are not homogenous and needs will be different both across and within communities.
- Working knowledge of BC’s Human Rights Code and Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act.
- Strong sense of humility and integrity.
Please note: Preference will be given to a candidate who has demonstrated a record of excellence in ethical engagement with members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity and we actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to,
- First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
- members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
- persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
- persons who identify as women; and
- persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
We respectfully acknowledge SFU’s three campuses are on unceded traditional lands of the Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ), Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Katzie (q̓icə̓y̓), Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, Qatqayt, Tsawwassen, and Stó:lō First Nations.
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