Diversity and Social Equity

The role of the Diversity and Social Equity Office is to foster cultural citizenship and harmony by highlighting the value that Diversity and Social Equity brings to the JAC Community through resources and events that focus on self-awareness, cultural awareness and social equity. As a result, everyone can:

  • Become more in-tune with their own identities, and those of others.
  • Become more educated about the cultural similarities and differences in the people around them.
  • Become more concerned about the inequity and challenges within societies.
  • Become more inspired to help make the world a better place for themselves and others

We engage and collaborate with Academic and College sectors, all Student Services Departments, external resources, and John Abbott College students in the creation, implementation, and participation in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, resources, and college wide events.

Through volunteering in these collaborations, students have the opportunity to practice their intercultural communication, project management, teamwork, and leadership skills that benefit them personally, academically and professionally. In addition, students are eligible for the Student Involvement Recognition (S.I.R.) program noted on the students’ college transcript. For more info, see http://www.johnabbott.qc.ca/student-life/sir-student-involvement-recognition/

Centered on the themes of empathy, identity and resiliency, some examples of College Wide events, resources and activities are:

Resources:

  • The Diversity and Social Equity Community Page on My JAC Portal: Links to helpful and important diversity and social equity information and education.
  • Intercultural and Citizenship Calendars that represent the cultural diversity in our school.
  • Contacts and pamphlets of internal and external resources and events of community services and organizations that represent various populations and causes.
  • Ally toolkits to learn even more about how to be an ally for marginalized populations.
  • Display Cases and TV slides around campus and info on The College News pages are filled with posters, information, personal artifacts, and JAC Library Media Services resources relating to Provincial, National, and Internationally recognized significant historical dates, themes and remembrances (ex: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Disability Awareness Days, Holocaust and Genocide Awareness, Anti-Poverty Month, Human Rights, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, 16 Days of Global Activism etc.)
  • Trans Support Groups: Run for and by Trans People. A place for friendship & support.

Awareness Activities and Celebrations:
Examples include:

  • Multi-Cultural Week
  • International Women’s Day / Girl’s Day / Men’s Day
  • Indigenous Awareness Events: Orange Shirt Day – Red Dress / Moose Hide Campaign
  • Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bullying)
  • International Day Against Homophobia/ Biphobia/ Transphobia
  • Peace and Social Justice Week

Workshops and Webinars:
Offered outside of and within classes and programs. Examples of topics include:

  • Diversity Dimensions and Intersectionality
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity
  • Trans Awareness
  • Cultural Competency
  • Intercultural Communication Skills
  • Intercultural Group Dynamics
  • Anti-Bullying and How to be an Ally
  • Understanding Micro Aggressions
  • NeuroDiversity Overview
  • Growth Mindset and Perspectives
  • Resilience
  • Inclusive Habits in the Classroom
  • Creating a Positive Climate & Strengthening Connections

Perspectives Speaker Series:
External subject matter experts, guest speakers, and social change agents, whom have resiliently faced adversity, are invited to talk about Diversity and Social Equity related topics from their perspective. They help to foster community engagement by sharing their personal stories, describing their work and community activism, and answering questions on how students and the JAC community can help.

Discussion Panels:
Current students share their personal stories, realities, challenges and triumphs around common themes.

The office can be found on campus in the Herzberg Building, Main Floor, H-165, next to the Agora, and online at
Omnivox/My JAC Portal/Diversity and Social Equity Community Page

For more info, on more specific questions, visit our community on the Portal, call (514) 457-6610, ext. 5816, email  or MIO.