Yesterday, Universities Canada endorsed the new Inclusive Excellence Principles, which demonstrates Canadian universities’ commitment to championing equity, diversity, and inclusion on campuses. As a leader in diversity, Algoma University publicly endorses this initiative and will continue to champion and promote diversity and inclusivity.
“Algoma University proudly endorses Universities Canada’s seven Inclusive Excellence Principles,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Asima Vezina. “At Algoma U, we are committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for everyone. We value, respect, and embrace the different cultures, traditions, and perspectives of our community, and the rich learning opportunities provided when we promote and foster diversity across campus, within the teaching and learning experiences of our classrooms, and across our wider community.”
Algoma U continues to be a leader in diversity in Canada, having one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. Over 23 per cent of the University’s student body consists of international students from over 30 countries around the globe. An additional 13 per cent are Anishinaabe (First Nation, Métis, and Inuit).
Various clubs, organizations, and supports exist on campus to promote diversity. Throughout the school year, cultural dinners celebrate holidays, including Eid, the Chinese New Year, the Hindu Festival of Lights, and more. A multi-faith prayer room is also available.
The University also supports students at risk and those unable to obtain post-secondary education. For over 10 years, Algoma U has supported the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Student Refugee Program (SRP), providing student refugees with the opportunity to earn a university degree.