Friday, June 4, 2021
The acronym EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion/inclusivity) is ubiquitous in post-secondary landscapes. Institutional responses to calls for justice often begin (and sometimes end) with the production of policy documents and frameworks intended to signal high-level commitments to EDI. Despite their ubiquity, the question arises: What do these policies do? How does the language of EDI, embedded in strategic and other documents, enable or constrain significant institutional change?
Drawing upon deeply intersectional and prefigurative methodologies and frameworks, members of the ReCreation Collective, a gathering of Indigenous, racialized, disabled, muslim, 2SLGBTQIA scholars and invested practitioners, present research findings from a discourse analysis of 143 EDI policy documents from Canadian sport organizations. The findings from this research enabled the development of an analytic framework that has important implications for Canadian University EDI policies and related institutional documents. In brief, the framework helps to identify and shift six specific ways that contemporary EDI policies tend to (sometimes unintentionally) ensure the reproduction of the status quo and the continued un(der)representation and inequitable treatment of the organization’s Others.
Danielle Peers, PhD, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta
Lisa Tink, PhD Candidate, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Janelle Joseph, PhD, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto
William Bridel, PhD, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary
Chen Chen, PhD, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Alberta
Lindsay Eales, PhD, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta
Tricia McGuire-Adams (Anishnaabek Nation), PhD, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation, University of Alberta
Evelyn Hamdon, PhD, Office of the Provost, University of Alberta
Bethan Kingsley, PhD, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Megan Smorschok, MA, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation, University of Alberta