The Faculty of Engineering Equity Ambassador Program is one component of an overarching strategy within the faculty to promote equity, diversity and an inclusive environment. Through the Ambassador Program, volunteer staff and faculty members are designated as Equity Ambassadors by the Faculty Equity Committee. All Equity Ambassadors have completed active listening and equity-related training designed to better equip them to act as resources for staff and students seeking support for issues related to diversity, inclusivity and equity.
Being an Equity Ambassador involves a deep commitment to providing fair and equitable opportunities to all, in particular to underrepresented groups who may face systemic barriers to access or advance in specific areas of study, positions, or careers. Equity Ambassadors strive towards building a more inclusive learning and working environment in the Faculty of Engineering.
Equity Ambassadors are people who:
Are willing to support and be compassionate listeners for students, staff and faculty who approach them
Are aware of where to refer people who come to them seeking resources
Are clear of the limitations of their role as an Equity Ambassador, and in particular understand that their position does not make them a counselor or therapist
Some Equity Ambassadors may choose to be identified by posting a sticker on their office door or wearing an Equity Ambassador pin.