Anti-racism, decolonization, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AD-EDI)

The Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business considers anti-racism, decolonization, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AD-EDI) to be an essential part of our collective responsibility as a community. As part of our commitment to academic excellence, we strive to address systemic forms of racism, discrimination, and bias within our classrooms, disciplines, and communities. We are committed to creating inclusive environments that centre the perspectives, voices, and experiences of individuals from equity-deserving groups, including, but not limited to: Black and Indigenous individuals; people of colour; women-identified, non-binary, agender, and gender-nonconforming individuals; 2SLGBTQ+ individuals; persons with disabilities; and people from other racialized, marginalized, and under-represented communities.

We see it as a shared responsibility to learn, support, and implement evidence-based best practices that uphold values of AD-EDI. Some of our current efforts include:

  • Taking workshops and courses to learn more about equity-related issues and strategies to bring best practices to our classrooms.

  • Attending competency and capacity-building sessions to ensure more equitable hiring for faculty, staff, and other employees.

  • Recruiting new faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to issues related to AD-EDI in their teaching and/or research.

  • Recruiting, mentoring, and supervising research assistants and/or graduate students from diverse backgrounds using equitable recruitment and selection practices.

  • Striving to ensure cross-cultural competencies, diverse perspectives, and citational justice within our syllabi.

  • Working with the university to explore how we might create more inclusive on-campus environments, including but not limited to: indigenizing spaces, providing multi-faith spaces, improving accessibility, and providing fully inclusive washrooms.

  • Developing courses and course content that highlight intersectionality, design justice, ethics, and values across design, digital culture, and business.

  • Engaging in research that confronts, reveals, and amplifies equity-related issues.

  • Participating as board members, committee members, and/or in other service roles across campus related to AD-EDI.