DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

Academic and Community Programming

Part of our ongoing journey, and a core element of our strategy, includes a comprehensive review and the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion themes across all aspects of our program, in a manner that is seamless, coordinated and aligned. Everyone at Lakefield College School is expected to engage actively in this important work. These practices are part of ensuring that every student is able to thrive – safe, seen, and supported.

We know that by creating programming to meet the needs of our students, we will help them to embody, champion and carry-forward these vital principles throughout their lifetime.

New Initiatives in 2020/21

  • Launch of a Student DEI Group focussed on awareness, discussion and action
  • DEI-themed curricular enhancements to existing courses, ranging from discussions around Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenous land teachings to reading assignments under the theme of “marginalized voices” to Black History, and discussions about racism, privilege, poverty, and more
  • New DEI-themed courses added to the 2021/22 curriculum, including “Equity & Social Justice”, “Gender Studies” and “Health & Wellbeing”
  • Inclusion of DEI awareness and advocacy workshops during fall Grad Leadership Conference for seniors to discuss strategies for engaging the community
  • Heightened emphasis on DEI themes during fall student orientation, including new activities focussed on identity and name pronunciations
  • Dedicated chapel, advisor and house community time to develop intercultural competencies on a variety of topics. For example, the Indian Residential School System, Black History Month, gender identities, homophobia and transphobia
  • Student-led Global Learning Chapels to share diverse news and personal perspectives, backgrounds and cultures
  • Awareness, Education and Training Workshops for students and staff (see DEI Policies & Process / New Initiatives)

One to Two-Year (Medium-Term) Initiatives

  • Comprehensive program review and the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion themes across all aspects of our program in a manner that is:
    • seamless, coordinated and aligned
    • focuses on how our program can grow cultural competencies
    • acknowledges and addresses biases, underlying beliefs and values, assumptions, and stereotypes that inhibit opportunity in work and learning environments
    • includes a review of our traditions and surroundings (namings and artwork)  
  • Development of an LGBTQ+ inclusivity strategy
  • Creation of an educational display on campus honouring and educating about the major faith practices of the world
  • Development of a consistent practice at all major LCS events that articulates and reinforces our school values, and leads into our Land Acknowledgement
  • Review of dining hall operations through a DEI lens, including opportunities to expand the diversity of cuisine offered

School Information

4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0   705.652.3324   admissions@lcs.on.ca

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