Oct. 5, 2020

To All Members of the Carleton Community,

It is our distinct pleasure to invite everyone to Carleton’s second annual Inclusion Week, which features a broad array of significant events from Oct. 19 to 23.

Carleton is a diverse community that strives for inclusion, but we are part of the broader world and in no way immune from these issues and challenges. We have made progress this year, but there is no question that much remains to be done. It is our shared responsibility to always seek to do better, and to be part of solutions. The burden of change is on each of us.

Our new Strategic Integrated Plan, which was launched last week, outlines a commitment to work together in ways that demonstrate our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). This is critical to Carleton’s future success. As many of you will know we are also developing an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Institutional Action Plan, and we appreciate your involvement in this critical process.

Hosted by Equity and Inclusive Communities (EIC), Inclusion Week will raise visibility and awareness of the value of human rights work and EDI, prompt an exploration of practical ways to integrate those principles into our organizational structures and culture, and promote prosperity in the community. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to:

Monday, Oct. 19

In conversation with the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. On the heels of the Speech from the Throne, the Minister sat down with Carleton’s Michael Charles, Assistant Vice-President and University Advisor, Equity and Inclusive Communities for a wide-ranging discussion about the government’s work to further national progress on EDI and the role the university sector should play. The interview will be released on the Inclusion Week website on Oct. 19.

Tuesday Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct. 23

The Inclusive Leadership Workshop will introduce participants to the LUCCC© model of Inclusive Leadership as a foundational framework for the development of more sophisticated cross-cultural interactions and outcomes. The advanced interactive session includes deeper considerations of the neuroscience of inclusion, unconscious bias, cultural competency, leadership introspection and trust-building. This pilot program will be integrated into future academic and non-academic processes for fostering and identifying talent. Note: While all other events are open to the public, this workshop is specifically for Carleton University employees.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

The Neuroscience of Inclusion panel—moderated by Department of Neuroscience Chair Kim Hellemans—features four guest speakers, including Sonia Guerriero (UNESCO, France) and Yvette Cozier (Boston University School of Public Health). Participate and gain greater insight into the development of more inclusive pedagogy and curriculum.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Moderated by Tara Connolly, Assistant Director, Research and Development from Carleton’s Research, Education and Accessibility Design team, the Accessibility in Times of Transition panel features speakers from across the university, who will be joined by timsle.com founder Quayce Thomas.

Thursday, Oct. 22

The final panel event, The African Diaspora in the Academy, will be moderated by Michael Charles and features Carleton Profs. Joy Mighty and Daniel McNeil, Profs. Janelle Joseph and Charmaine Nelson from the University of Toronto and McGill University respectively, as well as Brock University President and Vice-Chancellor Gervan Fearon.

We are pleased that individual units will also be planning their own events during the week. We look forward to the conversations that all the week’s events will facilitate as we continue to advance Carleton’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

CU there!


Benoit-Antoine Bacon
President and Vice-Chancellor

Jerry Tomberlin
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)