JEDI Development at SFU
Here are a few tips about sources, subject headings, and strategies that you may want to start with. Note that these tips are just a start: think broadly about the sort of information you need and about who might have that information (government/association/academic/news/etc.).
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: SFU's main page on university-wide EDI efforts is a deep source of Resources, Actions, and Reports, including the 96-page report from 2018 referred to in your case. Explore it all!
- Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) resource guide: This SFU Library guide will lead you to videos, toolkits, infographics, guides, scholarly material, etc., on EDI initiatives and research both in higher education environments and beyond. Don't miss the subcategories on the left side of the page for resources about key EDI areas such as reconciliation and implicit bias.
- Speaking of the Library, here's our EDI statement, including some details on how it relates to our unit's current strategic plan. Note the mention of a working group as well. The activities of that group aren't on our public site, but I can assure you it does a lot with and for library staff. I suspect many departments on campus have similar groups.
- SFU's VP-Academic site also includes many EDI Resources, most of which are focused on SFU.
- Recent SFU News article about similar efforts in the SFU Physics Department: Advocating for data, diversity and departmental change: meet the SFU Physics Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Alliance Team
- Similar articles from the SFU News
- See SFU's Institutional Research & Planning site for data on SFU's students and faculty.
(J)EDI policies and practices in other schools
Many (most?) public universities will have details about their EDI policies and practices online. And many business schools are developing and publishing faculty-specific approaches to the topic.
Here is a small sample of what I found with my first few searches beyond SFU. I'm sure you could dig up more. Start by searching the sites of these Canadian business schools.
- UBC's Sauder School of Business: EDI Committee.
- UWO's Ivey School of Business: Ivey's Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Queen's University's Smith School of Business: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Indigenization at Smith
- UToronto's Rotman School of Business: Diversity at Rotman
1. Start with a search in our main Education database, Education Source
- Here's a rough sample search to get you started. Add further terms such as "business" or "policies" to focus the results on your needs.
2. Also try our ERIC database:
- As with Education Source, ERIC covers academic journal articles and professional magazines, but it also includes many reports by organisations such as school boards and government agencies.
- Another sample search that you can tweak to fit your needs!
- Here's an example of the sort of potentially-relevant article I found in my initial searches of ERIC: Best Practices to Increase Racial Diversity in Business Schools: What Actually Works According to a Nationwide Survey of Business Schools. Even if that article doesn't fit your needs, it might still lead you to other useful articles on the topic:
3. Business Source Complete, our main "business" article database is certainly worth trying as well.
- Start with this rough search.
- Although the corporate context can be very different from that of a public institution like SFU, we can still learn from what's been tried in many companies. Search and think broadly, then try to apply what you find to our local situation.
4. For a broader Canadian perspective, try CBCA Complete and look for articles using the same terms that you used in the databases above.
- Also try Canadian Newsstream for Canadian newspaper articles that might mention specific organisations, researchers, or studies. Remember that a good news article may provide clues about other aspects or perspectives of your topic that you could explore.
- A few recent news articles that I came across while creating this guide:
- The Conversation: A call to decolonize business schools, including our own - by SFU authors!
- Toronto Star: Why business schools will need a curriculum overhaul if corporations are going to meet their pledges for equity, inclusion and diversity
- The Canadian Press: Mega Gift to Boost Education In Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - about SFU!
5. News sources focused on the higher education sector
- University Affairs describes itself as "Canada’s most authoritative source of information about and for Canada’s university community." That is, it is a news source focused on exactly the sector and region you are researching.
- Note: registration is required to read a limited number of articles at the THE site. The SFU Library has online access to articles prior to Oct. 2019 only.
6. Key journals & magazines:
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: "a platform for critical and rigorous exploration of equal opportunities concerns including gender, ethnicity, class, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, as well as other nascent forms of inequalities in the context of society"
- Insight into Diversity: US-based magazine focused on diversity in higher education
- Sample article: The Role of Diversity Leaders at US Business Schools
Books and ebooks
A few sample titles:
- Handbook of Research on Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education
- Undermining Racial Justice : How One University Embraced Inclusion and Inequality
- Strategies for Supporting Inclusion and Diversity in the Academy: Higher Education, Aspiration and Inequality
- Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Emerging perspectives on institutional transformation
- Integrating Gender Equality into Business and Management Education
- This last book was cited by this 2019 PhD dissertation, as were many other sources that might be useful.
- Canadian Federation of Business School Deans(CFBSD): Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity at the Intersection of STEM and Business Management in Canadian Higher Education
- The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion offers a wide range of toolkits, resources, and success stories.
- Depending on the specific sub-question you are trying to answer, the (Canadian) Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) site may prove useful. The EDI section of their site includes many videos, articles, and toolkits.
- AACSB (one of the organisations that accredits major business schools such as Beedie) publishes an online magazine: BizEd with many articles on EDI themes such as Diversity, and their March/April 2020 issue was largely focused on Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at business schools and universities.
- Universities Canada: Equity, diversity and inclusion includes links to reports and statistics, as well as a searchable collection of stories about EDI initiatives at Canadian schools.
2. As I mentioned in the description of Business Source Complete above, sometimes corporate perspectives and experiences can be applied in our context. Major consulting firms (E&Y, PwC, AON, Mercer, etc.) might have reports and studies on this topic. See, for instance, these recent insights published by BCG:
- It’s Time to Reimagine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and
- Embrace the Business Imperative of Diversity.
3. This is such a high-profile topic that I'm sure you'll find lots of strategies and toolkits online, although most of them won't be focused specifically on Canadian business schools, so you'll need to give some thought to how to evaluate and explain their relevance.
- See, for instance, this list of Racial Equity Tools.
4. JEDI discussions often centre around removing barriers and changing attitudes -- focusing on organisational structures and interpersonal relations -- but in a teaching environment like a university, perhaps it's worth also looking at the lessons delivered in each class. Discussing uncomfortable topics isn't easy for anyone, including most instructors, but it may be necessary if the education at SFU is to be relevant in our complex world.
With all that in mind, maybe it would be good to seek articles and books on teaching techniques to help instructors feel equipped and confident in integrating such material and perspectives into their classes? For instance, I just read the following article about a Harvard professor's experience. Note the links out to a webinar, etc.
For more on teaching techniques, try the Education databases listed above. Also try this search in Business Source Complete.
5. The BRASS section of ALA recently hosted a panel discussion on how equity, diversity and inclusion can be integrated into business education research resources. The recording of the session is available online. Note that registration (name & email address) is required to view it.
1. Don't ignore older resources! Not only might they help you identify key issues, researchers, and publications that you could watch for in future researchers, an on-topic academic research article or book will have probably been cited by newer articles... and those newer articles are probably on related topics.
- For instance, this 2009 book seems quite dated:
- ...but using Google Scholar, I see that more than 150 newer articles and chapters have cited it, including this 2017 article: Racism within the Canadian university: Indigenous students’ experiences. Follow such leads!
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