Join the conversation and get involved

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As Okanagan College continues the strategic planning process, you will see the theme of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice (EDISJ) being affirmed as a cultural foundation for the institution. 

EDISJ values have been inherent in the work of many members of the institution who have contributed through learning and teaching, research, lived personal and professional standards, and through activities such as work with the Positive Space Committee, the Sexual Violence Committee, the Indigenization Task Force, the Mental Health and Wellness Committee, Enactus OC, and so many other initiatives.    

Now, Okanagan College takes the next step in the EDISJ journey to be more intentional in embedding these principles in everything we do. Over the weeks and months to come there will be opportunities to engage in a variety of conversations and activities to expand awareness of what it means to build our institution’s future where we: 

  • Commit to grow our understanding of EDISJ and demonstrate how we value diversity in our personal and professional lives as members of the OC learning community;
  • Are dedicated to ensuring all feel welcomed, included and have a sense of belonging;
  • Recognize and mitigate our bias; 
  • Embrace diversity and adopt inclusive  hiring practices;
  • Facilitate inclusive environments;
  • Identify barriers to access and inclusion and find ways to eliminate them;
  • Understand the role of disability and sustainability in the work of EDISJ;
  • Challenge ourselves and each other to be the stewards of global citizenship.

Whether through learning, teaching, mentorship, research or service, we each have a critical role to play. Your stories of experiences, perspectives, efforts and activities are essential to set a course for EDISJ going forward.

Ways to get involved

Provide input via ThoughtExchange

If you have any feedback on the EDISJ sessions that occurred in November please share your thoughts by using the button below.

Alternatively, you can email us if you have any suggestions or ideas for Okanagan College's EDISJ initiatives.

Mental Health supports

We recognize that engaging with EDISJ topics and activities may be challenging for members of the OC Community. If you need support, please don’t hesitate to reach out: 

Students can visit the Counselling Services page to connect with a Counsellor at OC. You can also access mental health support 24/7 via the Province’s Here2Talk resource.  

Employees can access support through the College’s Employee and Family Assistance program (EFAP).