Equity Office ready for active year
Employment equity training workshops beginning next week are just one way the Equity Office engages the university community.
“The Equity Office offers workshops throughout the year so that everyone serving on appointment committees or renewals, tenure, promotion and continuing appointment (RTPC) committees can readily access the employment equity training they require,” says Irène Bujara, Director, Equity & Human Rights Office.
In addition to members of appointments and RTPC committees, administrators must now complete a workshop if they make recommendations or play a decision-making role in an appointment or personnel process for QUFA members.
The workshops cover the principles and objectives of employment equity and the requirements of the QUFA Collective Agreement while also discussing best practices to ensure everyone has a fair chance during recruitment, hiring, remuneration, promotion and training. The Equity Office trains an average of 150 committee members each year.
The Equity Office, in collaboration with the Human Rights Office, will make a presentation at staff orientation sessions this year. This new initiative helps recently hired staff connect in person with representatives from both offices and get more information about employment equity, educational equity, accessibility, and human rights. The Equity Office will also continue offering similar presentations to units and students groups across campus this year as it has done in the past.
An equity advisor from the Equity Office will facilitate the sociocultural competency training (SCT) program hosted by the Queen’s University International Centre in June. SCT guides learners, usually newcomers to the culture, so that they can acquire the specific communication skills that are useful in their professional and personal lives.