At Emily Carr University, we believe that the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are essential to ensuring our campus environment is safe, accessible and respectful. We believe that the principles of EDI should be enacted within the context of the land and the people. As such, we have developed an EDI Action Plan which will continue to evolve and expand.
One outcome of the EDI Action Plan is the establishment of the BIPOC Student Award Program to increase dedicated financial support for our BIPOC student community, which comprises nearly half of our student population.
A committee has also been established to examine our existing awards programs, identify the needs of our BIPOC student community, and recommend changes to our awards program to address and rectify long-standing inequities. This will be a lengthy process, but there are actions we can take immediately to respond to the expressed needs of our BIPOC student community by:
- Creating financial incentives such as entrance scholarships aimed at rewarding talented and hard-working BIPOC students who may find a post-secondary education cost-prohibitive.
- Providing dedicated funding for bursaries and Aboriginal awards for the students with the greatest financial need.
This is where you can make a difference.
According to Black-White Differences in Canadian Educational Attainments and Earnings published in the International Journal of Community Development & Management Studies, Black and Indigenous Canadians earn considerably less than their white counterparts at all levels of education. This is just one of the many reasons we need to take action now.
When you donate to our BIPOC Student Award Program, you are not only helping to create opportunities for BIPOC students, you are acknowledging that now is the time to be part of long-needed changes.
Please show your support today by donating to the Emily Carr BIPOC Student Award Program.
If you prefer to make your donation by cheque, complete a donation form and mail it with your payment.
Thank you for supporting our BIPOC students!