UPEI shuts down diversity office

July 23, 2012

The University of Prince Edward Island has shut down its diversity office, citing the need to save money following provincial cuts, but the student union is wondering why it was not consulted. The office had a mandate to foster cultural understanding and combat the social isolation of students who may be considered different due to their race, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. UPEI officials say they had no choice as all departments had to find ways to save money after the province cut PSE funding by 3% in this year's budget. Officials say there will be no cuts to diversity services, which will now be delivered by staff at the Webster Centre for Teaching and Learning. CBC