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Continuing our EDI learning

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (OEDI) — in partnership with Human Resources, the Mount Royal Faculty Association (MRFA), the Mount Royal Staff Association (MRSA) and the Management and Exempt Employee groups — has developed this broad-based (introductory) EDI awareness and skills building training course for all employees. Under the sponsorship of the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, we have come together to engage and support the Mount Royal community in doing this important work that is reflective of our shared values. 

We are excited to share this course — Introduction to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Creating a Respectful Workplace — and for the learning and growth opportunities it will foster. Celebrating, embracing and understanding the unique perspectives and experiences of our diverse community strengthens our relationships with one another, and with ourselves. 

Following engagement with new and existing stakeholders, a pilot of this training course took place in the spring of 2023. We greatly appreciate the valuable contributions of knowledge, perspective and time from those who engaged with the pilot to support the final course material. 

This training supports the goals of our office — and the University — as when we increase our understanding, we are less likely to make assumptions or generalize; we decrease the likelihood of acting based on bias or stereotypes; and we are less likely to unintentionally offend someone, miss cues, or misunderstand a cultural viewpoint. 

The course includes:  

  • An overview of equity, diversity, inclusion and how we can work together to support a respectful workplace 
  • Scenarios to help you apply your learning in various situations
  • An understanding of bias (both conscious and unconscious) and stereotypes
  • Strategies on how to be an effective ally in the workplace

This course builds on the EDI work that has come before and that continues to take place across campus. Mount Royal recognizes that we are all at different stages in our EDI learning. This course is designed to act as a baseline, creating common ground from which we can all work together to continue our individual and collective EDI journeys. 

All employees at Mount Royal are encouraged to complete this training. Building a common understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion makes us a stronger community. Mount Royal Faculty Association (MRFA) members are required to complete the training under the terms of their collective agreement. However, MRFA members are not expected to do the training during their two months of consecutive vacation. Faculty can complete the course when they return for the 2023-24 academic year.

Accessing the course

Find instructions and credentials for accessing the course in the Employee Training area of myMRU.ca. Log into your mtroyal.ca account in your browser and use Google Chrome for optimal performance. Enable pop-up windows. (Learn how.)

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