“Building an open and tolerant community that includes all types of diversity!”
HEC Montréal now holds a policy on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). This acknowledges our sincere willingness to offer you a campus environment which is welcoming and respectful of people’s differences. It is up to you to embody the policy’s commitments as you engage yourself in a relationship with others. But do you know how to do this?
EDI matters to our whole community. In the classroom, the cafeteria or the library: wherever you may be, be an active witness, bring in solutions, generate ideas.
“I witnessed racist comments in one of my classes. This was a difficult situation, involving the whole group. I reached out to EDI specialists to obtain their support to make sure my intervention was appropriate. This opened the door to greater awareness, which changed everything.”
On campus, you interact with people of all ages, genders, backgrounds and conditions. Please pay attention! Many characteristics of diversity are invisible. This is the case for beliefs, membership in a social group, mental health status, etc.
In each of these interactions, you need to be respectful. This includes reaching out to people with consideration and taking their feelings into account. You may, for example:
“I act with kindness and give the same consideration to everyone. Focusing on warm, relationships is a concrete way to implement what policies and programs suggest we do.”
Groups are never completely uniform. Some people may have different needs from yours due to, for example, their health status, cultural practices, or family situation. Try to be sensitive to these needs. If you have any doubts, feel free to open a conversation with them.
Here are some of the things you can do:
“I am part of the EDI student round table with Isabelle Roberge-Maltais. We share the same concern: we would like more attention to be paid to students who are parents. We really need to take them into account, for example when developing educational projects, social activities, get-togethers.”
Regularly question yourself about your perceptions and preconceived ideas. Don’t hesitate to question the status quo and things that may be taken for granted and do so in a constructive and positive manner.
You may, for example:
“On a day-to-day basis, I naturally adopt attitudes that promote dialogue, respect and openness towards others. But we all have prejudices! In my work, I therefore must remain on my guard, to avoid making decisions coloured by preconceived ideas.”