Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 12, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why University of Regina was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2019):
- University of Regina supports new parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments and lets employees extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence -- new parents also enjoy the convenience of onsite daycare when they're ready to return to work
- University of Regina employees (and family members) can keep fit with subsidized membership to on-campus fitness facilities which feature everything from weights to rock-climbing, a basketball court, swimming pools and instructor-led pilates, yoga and Zumba classes
- University of Regina helps employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit or defined contribution pension plan, depending on employee group
Inclusivity and creativity lead to job satisfaction at University of Regina
Callie Morris says her job is a perfect fit. Even before she started working as the Indigenous student recruiter for the University of Regina, Morris was always encouraging her family and friends to go on to post-secondary education. Now, with the university's support, she can reach even more students within Indigenous communities and urban schools with larger numbers of Indigenous students.
As Morris talks with prospective students about programs, admissions requirements and supports available on campus, she's able to share her own experiences as an Indigenous member of the U of R community and graduate in business administration from the university's Hill School of Business.
"I'm loving this job," says Morris. "My recruitment team and manager are very supportive in what I want to do and of the different ideas I have in trying to get students here. The university gives me the resources and room I need to get my work done."
Haroon Chaudhry echoes Morris' sentiments. As associate director of international student services, Chaudhry feels his own values of multiculturalism, diversity and individual empowerment align well with those of the University of Regina.
"I'm really interested in increasing cross-cultural relationships among students and building a harmonious and welcoming atmosphere where students can feel supported," Chaudhry says. "We work collaboratively across the campus to create an environment that expands the student experience beyond the classroom."
The U of R hosts numerous cultural events reflecting the university's diversity, including International Night, a huge multicultural event attracting thousands of students, staff, government representatives and community members.
"That kind of social engagement works to help build a strong campus community and infuse a sense of belonging and value in its diverse student body," says Chaudhry. "It showcases student empowerment, leadership and intercultural consciousness."
Doug Cripps, associate dean (undergraduate) for the faculty of kinesiology and health studies, says his employment with the university has given him, as part of his research and work, opportunities to sit on national boards, including the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability. He sees that work as aligning with the university's commitment to communities, both internal and external.
"I didn't have to convince my employer," says Cripps. "They've supported me and recognized that my volunteer work on boards would only enhance my work as an employee. Otherwise, I couldn't do this. The university gives me the necessary freedom to engage in these activities that I think are so important and it adds incredible value to my job."