At CapU we believe that our diversity makes us stronger.

Students in audience at Orientation

Within Student Affairs, we provide opportunities for students to engage with Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) concerns in a safe and supportive environment. We provide workshops on a variety of EDI-related topics. We also have an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist for informal or formal student conversations, they can be contacted by emailing edi@capilanou.ca.

We strive to build a university culture that instills respect for everyone's background, identity and lived experience.

EDI resources

This webpage provides resources, information and materials to help further your understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion as well as providing links to support materials.

EDI glossary of terms

Refers to the active support for the rights of a minority or marginalized group without being a member of it.

Refers to the belief or doctrine that rejects the supremacy of one racial group over another and promotes racial equality in society.

Refers to efforts made to increase the representation of those who have been historically disadvantaged and are currently under-represented, ensuring that they have access to opportunities and can flourish within the community.

Refers to fairness and justice but is distinguished from equality. Equality means providing the same to all, while equity means recognizing that everyone does not start from the same place with the same opportunities and resources. Equity means we must acknowledge and adjust for these imbalances.

Refers to promoting institutional culture and practices that ensure all can experience a welcoming space of fairness, dignity, and human flourishing, in particular members of historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.

Refers to the process of naturalizing Indigenous knowledge systems and making them evident to transform spaces, places, and hearts. In the context of post-secondary education, this involves bringing Indigenous knowledge and approaches together with Western knowledge systems.

To learn about Indigenous student support services, connect with Indigenous Education and Affairs.

Guide to allyship and anti-racism resources

This is an open-source starter guide to help you become a more thoughtful and effective ally.

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Diversity advocate Verna Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

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This resources list, adapted from a Google Document curated by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein, is intended to serve as a resource to deepen anti-racism work.

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If you're struggling and need someone to talk to, you're not alone. Personal counselling appointments are free and confidential for all students.

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The Black Students' Union is made up of Black students studying at Capilano University. They seek to foster community and create a safer space for Black students on campus and beyond. Membership in the Black Students' Union is for self-identifying members only.

Visit the Black Student's Union

Capilano University is committed to providing a learning and working environment where every member of our community – students, staff, and faculty, has the right to be treated with respect, dignity, and compassion.

Discrimination, bullying and/or harassment undermine these values and is a violation of both our Student Code of Conduct Policy (pdf) and Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment (pdf) policies.

If you have a concerning experience at Capilano University and would like to make a complaint, you can book an appointment with the Student Rights and Responsibilities Advisor, by emailing studentconduct@capilanou.ca.

Read more about filing appeals & complaints at Appeals & Complaints.

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Presenters at the unveiling of the Pride Sidewalk on the main campus of Capilano University

Gender Diversity

Learn more about the CapU 2018 Gender Diversity Audit and how we plan to implement its findings.

Gender Diversity

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

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