EQUITY & INCLUSION

Committed to providing a 
learning, working and 
living environment that 
recognizes and values all

At IGNITE, we are committed to providing a learning, working,
and living environment that is free from discrimination and
injustice in all its forms.

Equity 

Doing our part to help all of us succeed.

We are committed to doing our part and are proud of the steps we have already begun to take, including providing additional mandatory staff equity and inclusion related training, establishing an Inclusion Leadership Council, hosting listening sessions with various equity-deserving groups to help us better cater our services, and ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion is an area of focus within all that we do.

BLACKNORTH INITIATIVE

Removing systemic barriers.

In 2021, IGNITE signed the BlackNorth Initiative CEO Pledge and created a three-year action plan, committing to increase representation, remove barriers to advancement, and improve opportunities for Black students and staff within IGNITE, with commitments including:

  • specific hiring goals of at least 10% within IGNITE’s student workforce from the Black community
  • expanding education addressing unconscious bias and anti-Black systemic racism within IGNITE
  • ensuring that no barriers exist to prevent Black employees from advancing within IGNITE

Our Commitment to Student Success

In addition, we have also committed to allocating 10% of our Leadership & Advocacy revenue for
scholarships for students from equity-deserving groups and have since introduced three new scholarships
in the past two years:

Black Excellence Scholarship

The IGNITE Black Excellence Scholarship was created in 2020-21 to annually recognize five outstanding students and upcoming leaders within the Black and African community here at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber. Recipients of the $1,000 scholarship are selected based on their academic standing, their demonstration of leadership and community involvement, as well as their financial need.
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IGNITE Pride Scholarship

IGNITE recognizes the unique challenges 2SLGBTQ+ members face, including social stigma and higher levels of financial insecurity. With this scholarship, IGNITE hopes to offer better support and alleviate some of the financial hardships disproportionately affecting this community.
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IGNITE Indigenous Scholarship

This scholarship is a small way that IGNITE can help support our Indigenous students who often face a unique set of barriers, such as a higher risk of financial insecurity.
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We are happy to see the impact that these scholarships have made within the Humber and University of Guelph-Humber community and hope to continue developing new scholarship opportunities.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

More than just words. 

When we see injustice or ways to improve, we act. That’s why we hosted a series of Anti-Black Racism Roundtable discussions back in summer 2020. But, we know that we can always do more and are always looking for ways to extend our efforts, which is why in March 2021, your Board of Directors voted to take the BlackNorth Initiative pledge. By signing this initiative, we as an organization have pledged to actively work to eliminate the systemic hurdles faced by the Black community by implementing new organizational practices.

There are many additional equity and inclusion resources available to you on campus, including:

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Inclusion initiatives?

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