Sprott Shaw is committed to the principles of Inclusivity, ensuring that differences are recognized within all teaching and without defaulting to any form of stereotyping. This is addressed through policies, and by requiring Instructor education that challenges personal assumptions and brings to the fore an awareness of the values of inclusivity that will underpin their choices, comments, and behaviours while teaching. Inclusivity is also considered in curriculum design and course content. While many programs have courses that specifically address inclusion, it is important that this teaching is not isolated, and that these values are reflected throughout the program.
Sprott Shaw provides access for all staff to complete programs specific to Indigenous, Cultural and LGBTQ2S+ awareness and sensitivity training, and incorporates the teaching of inclusivity in the instructor onboarding and orientation process. Students and staff are encouraged to attend various workshops and school events with guest speakers in response to community occurrences and matters of social urgency, such as the most recent sessions to discuss the Black Lives Matter events and the presentation on the Residential School discoveries.
While all curriculum content has a robust review process to ensure its relevance to the current technology, social, political, economic and industry factors that impact the career in which the program was designed to address, Sprott Shaw also has a curriculum review process that checks the content for the principles of inclusivity. The Human Services Curriculum for Inclusivity Review Committee (HSCIRC), comprising of independent members with active involvement in various communities, and with relevant academic experience and credentials, are drawn from across Canada and are called upon to read all major syllabus updates and changes prior to the new content being introduced. This process provides the necessary step to ensure that inclusivity is integrated throughout all teachings.