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Our commitment

MSVU was built upon a foundation of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Those principles remain at our core today. We embrace the diversity of our community and are committed to efforts that advance equity and inclusion across all facets of our university and in the community.

For students

Whether it's the Aboriginal Student Centre, the Black Student Support Coordinator, 2SLGBTQIA+ resources, or Accessibility Services, MSVU is here to support all students on their academic journey.

For faculty and staff

MSVU is committed to EDI in employment and believes the University community benefits from shared experience with people from diverse backgrounds who bring new and varied perspectives to academic endeavors and community life.

EDI supports and initiatives at MSVU

The Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice (AMI)

The AMI is a hub of feminist energy, action and research that seeks to achieve equity and improve lives in their complexity and multiplicity, locally and globally. 

Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies

The Nancy Rowell Jackman Chair in Women's Studies was established at MSVU in the mid-1980s. Endowed by well-known Toronto-based feminist and philanthropist Nancy Ruth, the Chair raises awareness of women's issues by bringing to campus distinguished scholars in women's studies and activists who have contributed to the advancement of women.

Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada pilot program

MSVU is one of 17 universities and colleges from across Canada – and the only Nova Scotia institution – selected to work with the Tri-Agency Dimensions team to foster increased research excellence, innovation and creativity within the post-secondary sector across all disciplines through increased equity, diversity and inclusion.

NSERC Atlantic  Chair for Women in Science and Engineering 

The Atlantic NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering program aims to provide high school girls with role models active in Science and Engineering fields, to enable these girls to “access” these role models through mentorship, webinars, and workshops.

Centre for Women in Business

The Centre for Women in Business is the only university business resource centre in Canada dedicated to helping women succeed as entrepreneurs through exposure, connection and learning. This includes business management training, one-to-one business advice, trade missions, networking and a membership program designed to develop and support women in business.

Inclusive Excellence Principles 

Canada’s universities have adopted seven Inclusive Excellence Principles to advance equity, diversity and inclusion on campus and in society. These principles and accompanying action plan, developed by Universities Canada’s Board of Directors and Education Committee with in-depth input from the full membership, are designed to advance universities’ efforts to improve the participation and success of under-represented groups within the academic community.

Harassment and Discrimination Advisor

MSVU's Harassment and Discrimination Advisor acts as a confidential, fair and impartial resource to the University community on all aspects of harassment and discrimination. The Advisor offers advice and support to any student, faculty or staff member who has concerns about harassment or discrimination. The Advisor also works to resolve informal complaints of harassment and discrimination and, when required, refers formal complaints to an external investigator for investigation. 

Committees

MSVU is home to several committees – made up of members from across our University community –  whose work contributes significantly to our efforts to advance EDI, for example: the Internal and External Aboriginal Advisory Committees, the Students of African Descent Advisory Committee, and the 2SLGBTQIA+ (Pride Advocacy) Committee.