Recruit with an EDID Focus


As part of Western’s Strategic Plan and its mission to move towards a more equitable and inclusive landscape, we are equipping employers with the knowledge and resources to demonstrate our shared EDID values.  

What is EDID?

EDID stands for equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization. See definitions below.

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Equity 1

[Equity] is about each of us getting what we need to survive or succeed—access to opportunity, networks, resources, and supports—based on where we are and where we want to go.

Equity image provided by Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire

Diversity 2

The practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.

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Inclusion 3

The practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized.

Inclusion image adapted from The Inclusion Solution.

Decolonization 4

A process of healing and moving away from a place of anger, loss, and grief toward a place where Indigenous Peoples can thrive.

Why is Western prioritizing EDID?

“Evolving as a university also means learning from our past. Creating a more welcoming and inclusive experience, particularly for people of colour, and Indigenous Peoples, will be critical.” 5

Why explore and incorporate EDID practices at your organization?

  • Increase recruitment outcomes
  • Boost employee retention
  • Promote positive messaging about your values and brand
  • Strengthen and enrich workplace culture
  • Diverse ideas, experiences, and talent help your organization to innovate
  • Become a better citizen and ambassador
  • Improve stakeholder relationships through empathy and understanding
  • Attract a global customer base
  • Contribute positively to a worldwide movement
  • Establish yourself as a leader in the field

What are some helpful EDID definitions?

You will find this Glossary of EDID Terms helpful.

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We encourage you to embed EDID principles and protocols into your recruitment strategy and practices. Learn how to do this by reading through our library of EDID resources.

Topic #1: Understanding EDID

  • Understanding Your Individual Role in EDID
  • Creating your “Commitment to EDID” statement

Topic #2: Hiring Strategies

  • Providing Accommodations in the Interview Process
  • Supporting Equity-Deserving Recruits throughout the Onboarding Process
  • Upholding Best Practices throughout the Recruitment Cycle
  • Writing Inclusive Job Postings

Topic #3: Evolving Workplace Culture, Team Development and Supervision

  • Incorporating EDID into Workplace Culture
  • Supervising Underrepresented Groups
  • Launching Affinity Groups
  • Implementing Mentorship Opportunities & Programs
  • Adding Land Acknowledgements to the Workplace

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