Joint Board and Senate Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Priority 5. Enhance the strength, vibrancy, diversity and inclusivity of the Bishop’s community.
In July 2020, Bishop’s University created a Joint Board and Senate Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
The Task Force will identify any structural or systemic barriers, injustices or biases at the University and to make recommendations about actions to dismantle these barriers and advance equity, diversity and inclusion at Bishop’s.
The Task Force’s mandate is to make recommendations in the following areas:
- Hiring, promotion and retention objectives and practices for faculty, research chairs, staff, librarians and management
- Training for faculty, research chairs, librarians, staff, managers, students and governors
- The academic curriculum including research programs and activities
- The University’s policies, procedures and guidelines.
The Task Force is also charged with making recommendations as to what data should be collected, how it should be collected and communicated and what metrics should be used to measure the University’s progress.
The Task Force is composed of:
Two members of the Board of Governors named by the Board
Abel Bosum, Grand Chief, The Grand Council of the Crees
Tova White ’92, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Giant Tiger
Two faculty members of Senate named by Senate
Darren Bardati, Full Professor, Environment and Geography
David Webster, Associate Professor, History and Global Studies
Five students representing the:
Caribbean African Student Association
Sarah Maria Onyango, 3rd year Education student
BU Pride Alliance
Genève Juneau, 3rd year Psychology student
Indigenous Cultural Alliance
Nikki Baribeau, 4th year Education student
Students’ Representative Council (SRC), at least one of whom is a member of a racialized minority group
Sabrina Kone, 5th year Business Administration student
Sufia Langevin, 2nd year student in Education and Social Studies
Two members of the Bishop’s Council named by the Council
Junior Sirivar ’99, Partner and Co-Chair International Arbitration, McCarthy Tétrault
Heather Thomson, Retired Campus Minister
One faculty member or librarian named by Faculty Council
Jenn Cianca ’01, Associate Professor, Classical Studies
One manager named by the Managers’ Council
Theresa Gagnon, Manager, Counselling, Career and Student Accessibility
One member named by the Association of Professors of Bishop’s University (APBU)
Layachi Bentabet, Full Professor, Computer Science
Two members of the Administration named by the Executive Committee
Nick Andrews, Associate Vice-Principal Human Resources
Stine Linden-Andersen, Dean of Student Affairs
One member of the staff named by the Staff Council
Monika Mitchell, Administrative Assistant, Building and Grounds
Michael Goldbloom, Principal and Vice-Chancellor
The Committee may name up to two members
Chérif Nicolas, Head Coach, Football
Heather Lawford, Full Professor, Psychology and Canada Research Chair
The Principal may name one member
Yolande James, Chair, Bishop’s Council
The Task Force is supported by: Maëli Émond, HR Advisor and Denise Lauzière, Chief of Staff.
The Task Force will make a preliminary report to the Board and Senate on or before November 30, 2020. It may propose that its mandate be extended or that other structures be established in order to ensure that meaningful progress is made and monitored.
The striking of this Task Force does not preclude actions being taken to advance equity, diversity and inclusion while the Task Force is pursuing its work.
The Joint Board and Senate Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion held its first meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.