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Equity and Inclusivity

At UOIT, we aim to cultivate a welcoming, supportive and inclusive learning environment that builds on and celebrates the rich talents, interests and cultures of our students. In this way, we hope to create conditions under which all members of the community can flourish academically and professionally.  We can help you:

  • Learn about the university's behavioural standards that promote equity, compassion and respect.
  • Contribute to the elimination of sexual violence at the university.
  • Address concerns involving discrimination and harassment through information, resources and referrals.
  • Find out about safe spaces on campus where individuals can feel welcome, included and valued.
  • Connect with cultural groups and peers by getting involved in a campus club.
  • Find out where the prayer rooms are located on campus.
  • Find out about the different cultural and religious holy days that may be observed by your peers on the Interfaith Calendar

EQUITY AND INCLUSIVITY SERVICES

  • Discrimination and Harassment Prevention and Resolution

    UOIT is committed to developing an environment that promotes and supports equity, compassion and respect among all members of the community.  To this end, UOIT has set out Principles of Behaviour in an effort to increase behaviours well-correlated with success and stability, while working to eradicate discrimination, harassment or other violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

    If you have experienced discrimination or harassment at UOIT, you can contact the Equity and Inclusivity Advisor for information, referrals and support.  They will listen to your concerns and can help you to review your options to resolution which may include:

    • Coaching you to self-advocate for your rights and work collaboratively to promote fairness and equity  
    • Providing you with advice, information and resources
    • Referring you to a university agent to resolve your concern through mediation, restorative statements and taking steps to prevent further occurrences, or through an investigation and adjudication

    For further information contact:

    Equity and Inclusivity Advisor
    equity@uoit.ca

  • RISE

    RISE: RESPECTING INDIVIDUALS AND SUPPORTING EQUITY

    The RISE Program is a suite of workshops that provide training and education on bystander intervention skills in order to prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment.

    The goal of our workshops are to foster a safe and inclusive campus community. Participants will receive foundational knowledge on how oppression manifests, and what they can do on an individual level to foster a safe and inclusive community at UOIT. In each workshop, bystander intervention skills will be applied through the use of case studies or role playing activities.

    If you have any questions about the RISE Program, please contact equity@uoit.ca.

    RISE WORKSHOPS

    RISE: MAIN WORKSHOP

    Participants will be introduced to bystander intervention skills that they can use to prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment. It is recommended that participants complete this workshop before attending other RISE workshops.

    RISE: ANTI-RACISM

    Participants will identify stereotypes targeting racialized people, and discuss known cases of discrimination and harassment that have targeted racialized communities.

    RISE: FIRST PEOPLES

    Participants will be introduced to the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and engage in interactive activities addressing the negative impact colonization had and continues to have on Indigenous peoples today.

    RISE: GENDER IDENTITY

    Participants will identify stereotypes based on gender roles, and discuss feminism, patriarchy, and the oppression of the transgender community.

    RISE: RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

    Participants will identify stereotypes stemming from religious and spiritual differences, and discuss known cases of discrimination and harassment that have targeted religious and spiritual communities.

    RISE: SEXUAL ORIENTATION

    Participants will identify stereotypes based on sexual orientation (ie. lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, etc), and discuss known cases of discrimination and harassment that have targeted these communities.

    RISE: SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION

    Participants will identify ways that they can prevent, intervene, and respond to sexual violence, and discuss topics such as rape culture, consent, and the spectrum of sexual violence.

    To register for upcoming RISE workshops, please visit the Student Life Portal.

  • ALL GENDER WASHROOMS

    LOCATIONS

    DOWNTOWN OSHAWA

    Education Building: 

    • 11 Simcoe St. N, EDU B05

    Bordessa Hall (Bond Street Building): 

    • 55 Bond St, DTB 209

    Regent Theatre:

    • 50 King St. E, Regent Theatre, DTR 103

    Charles Street Building:

    • 61 Charles St, DTA 114

    UOIT Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre:

    • 151 Athol St E, DTI 008

    NORTH CAMPUS

    Engineering Building:

    • 2000 Simcoe St. North, Engineering building, ENG 1012

    Energy Research Centre:

    • 2000 Simcoe St. North, Energy Research Centre, ERC 1014

    Science Buiding:

    • 2000 Simcoe St. North, Science building, UA 1408

    Business and Information Technology Building:

    • 2000 Simcoe St. North, Business and Information Technology building, UB2066
  • PRAYER ROOMS

    The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) has three prayer spaces available to students.

    North Oshawa campus location:

    • Gordon Willey Building, C-Wing, Room 11E (multi-faith).
    • Student Life Building, Room 67 (Muslim) with a washing area in Room 64.

    Downtown Oshawa campus location:

    • Education Building - 11 Simcoe Street North, Room 314 (multi-faith).

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