Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 29, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Carleton University was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2019):
- Carleton University manages a number of unique initiatives to support ongoing employee communication, including "The Rumour Mill", hosted by the President to allow staff and faculty to ask questions and get the facts, and "Michel's Den", an annual platform for employees to pitch creative ideas to improve campus life
- Carleton University maintains a dedicated healthy workplace plan, focusing on health promotion, mental health and work-life balance -- the university hosted a Healthy Workplace Expo in the past year and organizes an annual 8-week healthy lifestyle challenge to encourage employees to improve their overall well-being (challenge activities include fitness check-ins, group meet-ups and information sessions)
- Employees working on campus can take advantage of a number of unique amenities, including the Recreation and Athletics Centre (with a triple gymnasium, tennis and squash courts, field house and swimming pool), an art gallery, a campus pharmacy and a renovated library (home to Carleton's Discovery Centre, which features a video gaming laboratory)
Diversity and inclusion thrive at Carleton University
When Benny Michaud arrived at Carleton University as an undergraduate student 17 years ago, she was initially anxious about what it would be like. But she felt reassured once she saw herself reflected in the curriculum being taught - particularly in seeing the faculty teaching it.
"As a Michif (Métis) and queer student, I was happy to find courses to encourage further learning around those aspects of my identity," says Michaud. "That was the first time I had ever been taught by a Métis professor. It was empowering to see someone from my own culture teaching at that level."
Michaud was excited to return to Carleton as an employee in 2016 and is currently acting assistant director of the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives. She enjoys being able to contribute to the work of inclusion and equity, particularly in creating culturally safe spaces for Indigenous students, faculty and staff.
"The Ojigkwanong Centre is the heart of the Indigenous community on campus, where all our cultural programming to support Indigenous students occurs, but it's open to all students," says Michaud. "There's a real appetite among non- Indigenous students and faculty at Carleton to learn as much as they can about the experiences of Indigenous peoples.
"I appreciate working in an environment where we're all striving for an inclusive, respectful and equitable space." With students from across Canada, as well as international students hailing from 150 countries, Carleton's campus has a real-world feel.
"Benny raises an important point," says Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president of Carleton University. "If those students come and don't see themselves reflected in the faculty and staff, we have a problem. Over time, very serious efforts have been made to ensure that our faculty and staff are representative of both Canadian diversity and our student population."
As a federal contractor, Carleton pays close attention to the four potentially underrepresented groups: women, visible minorities, Indigenous people and people with disabilities. Recently the university included Indigenous drumming and a special Eagle Feather presentation at its convocation.
"Diversity is what you can count and measure," says Bacon. "Inclusion is a more intangible element; that is, people feel free to be themselves and respected for who they are, regardless of the characteristics or group associations they may have. A culture of diversity and inclusion is one where barriers to success are removed, where everyone feels respected for who they are and recognizes that difference is a strength that helps the organization succeed."