Student Diversity & Inclusion Office – VOH

FAQs Student Diversity & Inclusion Office

To foster awareness of the value that diversity and inclusion brings to the ongoing development of JAC students through resources, training, and events that are centered on empathy, identity, and resiliency. As a result, students can:
  • Become more in-tune with their own identities, and those of others.
  • Become more aware of the cultural similarities and differences in the people around them.
  • Become more resilient and develop the skills necessary to thrive in society.
  • Become more inspired to help make the world a better place for themselves and others.
We engage and collaborate with students in the implementation of activities, resources, and college wide events. We guide, mentor, and support students both through training that we offer and through awareness activities that students lead. A key component for the office is to create opportunities for students to practice their intercultural communication, project management, teamwork, and leadership skills which benefits them personally, academically and professionally.  In collaborating with the Diversity & Inclusion Office, students can become 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:
  • Perspectives Speaker Series: External subject matter experts, guest speakers, and social change agents, whom have resiliently faced adversity, are invited to talk about Diversity & Inclusion 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.
  • VOICES Discussion Forums: Provide students with a forum for discussion regarding the social and racial unrest that they are observing. Current students share their personal stories, realities, challenges, insights and triumphs around common themes.
  • RISE: Training Workshops on - Resiliency – Inclusion – Skill Building – Engagement RISE is a holistic training program comprised of a series of 9 weekly workshops focused on building resilience in all aspects of students’ lives. These workshops are designed to equip and empower students with key mental health strategies, tips to increase resiliency, and effective study skills. These help prevent and mitigate academic or health related distress. Students from all programs and backgrounds come together to create a close cohesive group who are all learning strategies in an inclusive supportive positive atmosphere.
  • Collaborative college wide events: Examples include:
    • Multi-Cultural Week
    • Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bullying)
    • International Women’s Day / Girl’s Day / Men’s Day
    • Indigenous Awareness Events: Orange Shirt Day - Red Dress / Moose Hide Campaign
    • International Day Against Homophobia/ Biphobia/ Transphobia
  • Workshops and Webinars: Offered outside of and within classes and programs. Examples of topics include:
    • Diversity Dimensions and Intersectionality
    • Unconscious Bias
    • Strengthening Connections: Creating a Positive Inclusive Climate
    • Resilience
    • Gender and Sexual Diversity
    • Trans Awareness
    • Anti-Bullying and How to be an Ally
    • Understanding Micro Aggressions
    • Neurodiversity Overview
    • Growth Mindset and Perspectives
    • Intercultural Communication Skills
  • 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.
  • Intercultural and Citizenship Calendars that represent the cultural diversity in our school.
  • Display Cases, TV slides around campus 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.)
  • The Diversity and Inclusion Community Page on My JAC Portal and the College News: Links to helpful and important diversity and social equity internal and external resources in various mediums.
  • Trans Support Groups: Run for and by Trans People. A place for friendship & support.
  • Serves as a resource for our LGBTQ2+ community and advisor of Queer Hub.
Audrey Gail Greenberg, (B.A. Psych, M.Ed, CAPP) Chairperson, Student Diversity & Inclusion Office - Student Services Telephone: 514-457-6610, ext: 5816 Email or MIO: Audrey.Greenberg@johnabbott.qc.ca or StudentDiversityAndInclusionOffice@johnabbott.qc.ca