Whether you have chosen to live in residence or off campus, immersing yourself into a new world away from home can be very challenging, it can feel lonely or even scary. Especially when we are trying to get back to a “new normal.” Acadia University recognizes this stressful time, and we have designated offices and support staff, along with student-focused initiatives to meet your needs as well as ensure your safety and well-being.
One such support that Acadia provides is the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Office. EDI Officer, Polly Leonard’s primary role is to ensure a safe space to report incidences of discrimination, sexual harassment, and personal harassment on campus. As a member of the University community, you have the right to learn and work in an environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, and personal harassment and this is why the Equity Officer will take reasonable steps in protecting your safety. This is done in accordance with Acadia University’s Policy Against Harassment and Discrimination. If you feel harassed or discriminated against based on (but not limited to) your race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression by any member or visitor to the Acadia community, the Equity Office is here to support you. You can choose to either file a complaint or have an informal meeting with Polly. Depending on what you decide, your complaint may be investigated and resolved by informal resolution, mediation, or formal processes.
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer also works closely with the Sexualized Violence Response and Education Coordinator (SVREC), Allison Smith to create and promote programs that raise campus awareness on the nature of and problems associated with sexual harassment. They work together to destigmatize conversations around sexuality and promote safer engagement and anti-oppressive approaches.
Even if you are not sure who to contact for a specific situation, simply reach out to any of those contacts and you will be directed to the right office. Your mental, emotional, and physical well-being is very important and so you will not be left waiting.
Some other student-focused resources on campus include:
Once again, welcome to new students and welcome back to continuing students. The EDI Office is here for you!
by Fikayo Kayode
Fourth Year Student, Department of Political Science
EDI Summer Student Intern 2021
Polly Leonard - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer
Polly Leonard, MSW RSW (she/her/hers)
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer
Bancroft House, Room 103
Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6