Vancouver Island University

Canada Learning Bond (Addressing Financial and other Support Barriers)

Tuition Waiver for Youth in Care (Addressing Financial and other Support Barriers)

EleV program (Addressing Financial Barriers and Creates a Sense of Belonging)

Indigenous Intern Leadership Program (IILP) (Continued Support for Employment AFTER Graduation – so Removing Barriers to Access to Employment)

Community-based Programming (Reducing Barriers to Access by Moving Programs to Communities)

Partnership with Literacy Central Vancouver Island (Removes Barriers to Computer Access)

VIU Strategic Plan (Using Strategic Planning to Remove Barriers to Access)

Training Sessions for Employees (Providing Awareness and Support Training Related to Access for EDI Groups)

EDI Symposium (Use Research-Based Practices to be a Catalyst for Improving Access/Support related to EDI)  

VIU invited members of the Alliance of Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities (ACCRU) to join a community of practice and collaborate on the best practices for EDI Action Plans. The symposium provided a space to develop deeper understandings of research-based EDI best practices. Participating institutions include: Vancouver Island university, Athabasca University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Lakehead University, Mount Royal University, Ontario Tech University, Royal Roads University, Saint Mary’s University, Thompson Rivers University, Trinity Western University, University of Lethbridge, University of Fraser Valley, University of Prince Edward Island, and University of Regina.

Speaker Series (Conversations about solving problems related to access/EDI).

Since 2018 Vancouver Island University has elevated its committed to universal design, with a vision of being the most inclusive campus in Canada. Our campus is unique; built on the side of a mountain with 409 stairs from top to bottom and 2,300 stairs in total. Stairs are a barrier for anyone with permanent, temporary, or hidden mobility disabilities, however, it is not only stairs that create barriers to access. A multitude of architectural and physical designs limit people’s ability to fully participate in their community. VIU’s institutional commitment to accessibility means that a more diverse student body is now able to reach their full potential at VIU; the goal is to ensure the built environment does not exclude anyone from accessing education.

Participation in the Dimensions Program – Pilot Program to “increase equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and help drive deeper cultural change within the research ecosystem” (Commitment to Improving Access/Inclusion, Enhance Equity and Promote Diversity)

General Programs meant to INCREASE Access to PSE (Creating a Sense of Belonging/Providing Opportunities also reduce barriers)

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