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Red River College named Canada’s Best Diversity Employer for 2017

March 28, 2017

Red River College has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the third year in a row. This prestigious recognition – awarded today to 65 organizations across the country – highlights employers that stand out through their efforts to create diverse, inclusive workplaces.

“At Red River College we strive to ensure equity and diversity are embedded in College practices and demonstrated throughout the institution,” said Paul Vogt, President & CEO, Red River College. “Equity and inclusion form part of our blueprint and help us create a welcoming and open environment. This reflects the commitment of our faculty and staff and it’s an honour to be recognized with this distinction for the third year in a row.”

Red River College has many initiatives that encourage diversity and inclusivity including various workshop series’ offered by the Elders in Residence; LGBTT initiative; Healthy Minds, Healthy College Initiative, GETT Camp Program; and a workforce audit to determine representation of designated group members in the RRC workforce.

RRC also conducted its Inclusive Campus Climate Review, which gave members of the College community with an opportunity to provide feedback on what it means to create an inclusive climate at RRC. Suenita Maharaj-Sandhu, Red River College’s Workplace Equity Diversity Coordinator, said the Review will help guide the College in putting mechanisms in place that will make inclusion a self-sustaining part of the College environment.

Now in its 10th year, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers recognizes the nation’s leaders in creating inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse groups: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples. The annual competition is open to any size of employer, private or public sector, with its head office or principal place of business in Canada.

Red River College is Manitoba’s largest institute of applied learning – and the leader in applied research on the prairies – with nine campuses located throughout the province.