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Inclusive Teaching

Faculty are transforming learning through their curriculum, with innovative, relevant courses that engage students, foster critical thinking and prepare them for a bright future. Courses ensure that a variety of guest speakers from different genders, backgrounds, experiences are represented in course perspectives and lecture slide decks represent a diversity of genders and ethnicities.

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Juan Marcelo Gomez

Dr. Juan Marcelo Gomez

  Retail Management

Dr. Juan Marcelo Gomez’s Sustainability and Social Change (RMG 912) course includes a lesson on food security. Guest speakers were invited to discuss connections to international Indigenous connections and luxury food products.

Janice Rudkowski

Dr. Janice Rudkowski

  Retail Management

Dr. Janice Rudkowski’s Issues and Innovations in Retailing II (RMG 908) course hosted guest speaker Elina Nurkka, director of research, innovation & sustainability at Nobis to discuss sustainability, while a case study focused on the cultural misappropriation of Indigenous culture and other marginalized groups. The group project for the course involved recommending sustainability initiatives for Party City (at Canadian Tire).

Rachel Dodds

Dr. Rachel Dodds

  Hospitality and Tourism Management

In Dr. Rachel Dodds’ Hospitality and Tourism Management classes, she provides EDI examples and aims to ensure equal representation of gender in her guest speakers.

Her Marketing Principles (HTM 302) class had a guest speaker talk about gender equity and marketing from the WORTH Association (external link)  which is dedicated to advancing women in the recreation, tourism and hospitality industries and had an example about vaccine equity (external link) . In Dodds’ Destination Management and Marketing (HTT 622) class, one of the assignments is a case about Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks in Tofino, British Columbia.

Julie Kellershohn

Dr. Julie Kellershohn

  Hospitality and Tourism Management

In Dr. Julie Kellershohn’s Advanced Service Management (HTH 501) course, students learn about the service design process. In groups, they propose and design a new service. The service design process includes several phases, from initial concept, to prototyping, to pitching their concept. One of the phases of the design process is focused specifically on EDIA. Students are tasked to take their service concept and identify a group that their proposal does not currently serve and propose changes to their concept that revises the service to make it more inclusive.

Hyunghwa (Rick) Oh

Dr. Hyunghwa (Rick) Oh

  Hospitality and Tourism Management

In addition, after connecting with the Alliance For Hospitality Equity & Diversity (AHED), an organization based in the U.S., Hospitality and Tourism Management sent colleague Dr. Hyunghwa (Rick) Oh to New York to participate in the AHED conference.

Sonya Graci

Dr. Sonya Graci

  Hospitality and Tourism Management

Larger diversity initiatives included in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management include Dr. Sonya Graci’s work with Indigenous tourism and with communities to develop sustainable livelihood approaches and strategies to increase sustainability.

Catherine Middleton

Dr. Catherine Middleton

  Information Technology Management

Dr. Catherine Middleton teaches an elective every other year called ICT and Diversity Management (ITM 735). The course focuses on the demographics of the ICT workforce in Canada and challenges that organizations face in relation to ICT and diversity, including systemic barriers to inclusion based on disability, gender, Indigenous communities and racialized populations.

Sean Wise

Dr. Sean Wise

  Entrepreneurship

Dr. Sean Wise added a new module and case study to explore Indigenous Entrepreneurship to his Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Strategy (ENT 526) course.