Supporting BIPOC student support professionals: HEQCO

September 24, 2021
In a new article about BIPOC student support professionals Ken Chatoor and Victoria Barclay of HEQCO call for institutions to provide these professionals with similar supports and resources to the ones they provide students. Chatoor and Barclay cite the work of institutions such as the University of Waterloo, Fleming College, and Humber College, which have task forces or similar groups that respond to racism; Western University, which has invested in EDI initiatives; and the University of Ottawa, which mandates racial biases training. The authors recommend that institutions ensure that BIPOC student support professionals are actively involved in funding and program development decisions, and that mental health services are made available to staff. They further encourage institutions to ally with BIPOC communities and collect standardized data on race. HEQCO (ON)