Published on April 27, 2018
Pride at Work Canada network includes more than 80 other organizations
EDMONTON – NAIT is highlighting its efforts to support LGBT staff by participating in ;Pride at Work Canada’s Workplace Inclusion Index.
The index measures employer initiatives in 8 categories, including policies, benefits and training that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer and 2-spirited (LGBTQ2S+, commonly referred to as ‘LGBT’) staff.
For NAIT, these include Pride Week celebrations, Safe Spaces and diversity leadership training, anti-bullying awareness campaigns, universal washrooms in all new buildings, and a dedicated LGBT employee resource group.
The inclusion index allows the polytechnic to review its existing practices and establish a benchmark of current initiatives to reduce barriers faced by LGBT staff in the workplace.
NAIT is also working on a diversity and inclusion strategy, which includes LGBT perspectives.
Clayton Davis, NAIT executive director of Human Resources
“We have many amazing LGBT initiatives. Joining Pride at Work helps us gain recognition for new programs and also allows us to identify ways we can improve.”
Alison Lewis, NAIT associate vice-president of Campus Life
“Part of being an inclusive community means understanding the barriers faced by marginalized groups and working together to mitigate these.”
Pride at Work Canada
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.