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Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) provides the conditions for a healthy campus where everyone feels welcomed, supported, included, valued and empowered to succeed. EDI is essential to achieving SAIT’s vision to be a global leader in applied education, and to our mission: to prepare students for successful careers and lives.

Guided by the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, over the next five years, we will lay the foundation for transformational change on our path to becoming a more inclusive organization.

Statement on anti-racism 

Read a message to the campus community from Dr. David Ross, SAIT President and CEO.

A message from Heather Magotiaux, Vice President External Relations

Read SAIT's response to the continued discovery of unmarked graves at former residential schools in Canada and access support resources.

EDI Advisory Council

Adison Wiberg - Communications

Allyson Dennehy - Chinook Lodge

Amantha Ho - Employee Services

Annie Nguyen - International Centre

Dale Hansen - MacPhail School of Energy

Denise Johnston - Accessibility Services 

Felicia Adeniyi - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Gifty Siyaka - English Language Foundations

Hala Dehais - School of Hospitality and Tourism

Hana Hossain - Saitsa

Jaclyn Damboise - Facilities Management

John Partington - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Lee Morden - School of Construction

Mark Wall - Student Engagement

Moksh Soni - Business Intelligence and Analytics

Rachel Paris - Saitsa

Terri Eklund - Centre for Academic Development and Innovation

Widen your perspective and gain new skills to navigate a diverse world.
Accessibility Services reduces barriers to learning at SAIT through classroom and exam accommodations, assistance with funding applications and more.
The Interfaith Centre is a community hub on campus where inclusivity is standard, questions are always welcome, and the differences between people and cultures are explored and celebrated.
International students can speak with an advisor to learn how to apply, obtain study permits or visas, find pathways to permanent residency and more.
We're working to provide a community at SAIT that is inclusive of and accessible to all individuals regardless of gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation.
SAIT is diverse and culturally rich — welcoming Indigenous learners from across the globe.
Celebrate the International Women’s Day Conference (March 9) at SAIT
Contact Us

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
inclusion@sait.ca
403.284.8333

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm

Harassment and discrimination hotline
403.210.4406



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Recent achievements

  • delivered two offerings of PERS 148: Introduction to Effective Intercultural Communication
  • integrated Diversity Moments into institutional meetings
  • signed the Okanagan Charter positioning SAIT as a health and well-being promoting campus
  • founded the Black Employee Resource Group


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What we're working on

  • expanding training offerings: LGBT 101, unconscious bias, English as an Additional Language mentorship and duty to accommodate workshops
  • offering awards to highlight equity, diversity and inclusion champions
  • establishing a permanent, multipurpose EDI space
  • adding a demographic survey to employee applicant tracking system
“I am committed to using an EDI lens for decision making to ensure our students see themselves represented in all aspects of our diploma program—including staff, curriculum, and internship. Whether engaging industry partners or inviting guest speakers to the program, we must ensure we present diverse experiences and points of views to better prepare our students for successful careers and lives.”

Hala Dehais
Academic Chair, Hospitality and Tourism

Bring equity, diversity and inclusion into every day

What is one thing you are going to do to advance equity, diversity and inclusion #hereatsait?

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SAIT has released its first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy

The roadmap to a more inclusive campus

Residential school survivor Elder Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman will share his story and host a vigil at SAIT’s virtual event.

Remembering the residential school experience on Orange Shirt Day

Let's talk inclusion. Earlier this year, SAIT launched our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy.

Tips for turning your words into gestures of inclusion

Report discrimination

If you have a complaint about an instructor, report it to your academic chair. If you have a complaint about a student, report it to the Office of Community Conduct by emailing student.conduct@sait.ca. You may also report it to SAIT's discrimination and harassment hotline at 403.210.4406. 

Did you know? Our EDI Strategy was developed after one year of planning and 108 consultation meetings with internal and external stakeholders.

Diversity

The unique experiences, perspectives and identities — both visible and invisible — that we all bring to campus as human beings.

Equity

Ensuring everyone has a fair chance to access, participate and succeed in all that SAIT has to offer.

Inclusion

The intentional process of creating a campus culture where all people are welcomed, respected and feel as though they belong.

Intersectionality

The complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination combine, overlap or intersect, especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups.

Privilege

Unearned access to social power based on membership in a dominant social group.

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