Centre on Diversity and Inclusion
The Centre on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is dedicated to examining the barriers and challenges to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace. This work is critical to making sure our policies, programs and services are sensitive to the needs of all people of Canada.
In support of the Government of Canada’s focus on diversity and inclusion in the public service, we aim to:
- lead new and innovative initiatives on diversity and inclusion
- develop innovative solutions for recruitment and talent management
- coordinate with stakeholders whose policies and programs affect the diversity and inclusion agenda
- co-develop solutions with the many diversity and inclusion networks across the public service
- lead change management and monitor our ongoing progress on these priorities and commitments.
Much of this work will be co-developed with the diverse communities it is intended to serve. We recognize the importance of valuing the lived experience and expertise of public servants to complement the data that we are already collecting. We want to amplify those voices and connect public servants with the issues and ideas that impact their workplaces. Specific initiatives and support for public servants will include:
The Mentorship Plus program supports career progression for equity seeking groups.
The program is unique as it is co-developed with equity seeking groups and enhances traditional mentorship by adding the element of sponsorship. As such, the program pairs employees with executive mentors/sponsors to:
- navigate the system for upward career mobility
- provide better visibility in informal networks
- access development opportunities to build skills necessary for the executive cadre
Federal Speakers’ Forum on Diversity and Inclusion
A dedicated speakers’ forum on Diversity and Inclusion (D+I), co-developed with members of equity seeking groups, will give voice to public servants who are interested in sharing their D+I journey in the federal workplace. The forum will:
- raise awareness and provide knowledge of diversity and inclusion by sharing lived experience
- shift mindsets and behaviors of employees towards embracing inclusion and diversity as a necessary value and practice
- highlight the barriers experienced by equity seeking groups as well as their associated impacts.
There is much more to come from CDI. To find out more, contact us at CDI@tbs-sct.gc.ca
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