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OVPECI's NEW Community of Practice

The Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI) is inviting Ryerson students, faculty and staff to form a new group called: The OVPECI Community of Practice (OVPECI CmP).

What is a Community of Practice?



A Community of Practice is a network of people who are connected in some way. The OVPECI CmP will support the work of the Education, Awareness and Outreach unit. Members will provide input, expertise and shared knowledge on ongoing campus-based initiatives related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and will have the opportunity to engage in a broad range of activities that impact the entire campus.

Members of a Community of Practice typically work around a shared expertise. One of the most important aspects of the CmP is the ability for members to share knowledge, engage in professional development activities and to develop best practices.


Why does Ryerson need to build a CmP at OVPECI?



Ryerson needs an OVPECI CmP because it will enable us to foster equity, diversity and inclusion values while being guided by a community of practitioners. Right now, while many people at Ryerson are engaged in EDI education and training, there are few mechanisms for us to meet and exchange ideas, or for us to know “who is doing what”. The OVPECI CmP will provide this forum. In the United States, the University of Minnesota has a Diversity Community of Practice (DCoP). To our knowledge, the Office of the Vice-President, Equity an Community Inclusion Community of Practice will be the first EDI Community of Practice in Canada.

Join Our Focus Groups!




We are seeking focus group participants who can help build the Community of Practice from the ground up. Participants will help determine areas of focus as well as projects and initiatives that the group will prioritize. CmP members may also support OVPECI’s Education, Awareness and Outreach unit with a range of activities during the academic year.

Each event will include light snacks and refreshments.

Please register for one of the sessions:

Focus Group 1

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (Add to Google calendar)
Time: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: JOR-1200 | 12th floor |Jorgenson Hall

Focus Group 2

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (Add to Google calendar)
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: JOR-1200 | 12th floor |Jorgenson Hall



Accommodations requirements and dietary restrictions

This event is wheelchair accessible. If you have any accommodation requirements or dietary restrictions, please let us know in the registration form.


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Anita Jack-Davies at 416-979-5000, ext. 543541, in advance of the event.