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Thursday, December 10 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Cultivating diverse communities: Equity and diversity in Canada’s teaching and learning centres (Poster)

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As teaching and learning centres within Canada have rapidly evolved and expanded within the last few decades, various aspects of these institutes have been researched and described, such as the history of centres, the work of staff members, and both the function and offerings which they provide. However, information has not been gathered with regards to the diversity of social identities of those personnel working within Canada’s teaching and learning support centres. Existing literature identifies the importance of diversity in postsecondary institutions and especially within teaching and learning spaces (Stanley, 2001; Mighty, Ouellett & Stanley 2010).

This current project seeks to address this gap in the literature. The study aims to explore conceptions of diversity within Canada’s teaching and learning centres, and seeks to document the various identities that are present within these organizations. More specifically, this investigation utilizes an online survey questionnaire and in-depth interviews to collect demographic data and to gather faculty, staff, student and administrators' perceptions of diversity. In addition, this exploratory, national study aims to determine areas for improving diversity and inclusivity within Canada’s teaching and learning centres, as well as put forth recommendations for future research.

As this study is a work in progress, this poster presentation will outline the background of the study, its significance, methods utilized, preliminary findings, and suggestions for future research.



Mighty, J., Ouellett, M., and C. Stanley. (2010). Unheard voices among faculty developers. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 122, 103-112.

Stanley, C. (2001). A review of the pipeline: The value of diversity in staffing teaching and learning centers in the new millennium. Journal of Faculty Development, 18(2) 75-86.


Danielle Gabay

McMaster University

Alex Liu

McMaster University

Thursday December 10, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EST
McMaster Innovation Park Atrium

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