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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.

EDI Advisory Council

John Partington - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Gail White - External Relations

Terri Eklund - Centre for Academic Development and Innovation

Lee Morden - School of Construction

Annie Nguyen - International Centre

Moksh Soni - Business Intelligence and Analytics

Hala Dehais - School of Hospitality and Tourism

Dale Hansen - MacPhail School of Energy

Adison Wiberg - Communications

Amantha Ho - Employee Services

Sarah Ward - Interfaith Centre, Pride at SAIT, Student Engagement

Denise Johnston - Accessibility Services 

Gifty Siyaka - English Language Foundations

Jaclyn Damboise - Facilities Management

Allyson Dennehy - Chinook Lodge

Amy Reeds - Women in Trades and Technology, School of Construction

Natasha Lundrigan - Saitsa

Jessi Leippi - Saitsa

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.
SAIT's International Centre provides international students with a supportive and inclusive environment from arrival to beyond graduation.
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

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday 10 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

Kept from his culture for more than a decade, a residential school survivor and SAIT alumnus shares his story

Learning from the past

The SAIT Pride Award recognizes champions of LGBTQ2+ inclusion

Employees, alumni and students rally in support of the SAIT Pride Award

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? 47% of students have some kind of disability or condition, including mental health disorders.

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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