Between 2017 and 2021, Conestoga College saw a 350% increase in international students enrolled (ApplyBoard, 2022). Today, Conestoga is the most popular College in Canada for international students, with students from over 85 different countries (ApplyBoard, 2022).
With such a growing diverse community, Conestoga is committed to equity and inclusion for all our members (Conestoga’s Strategic Plan 2021-2024, p.13). In this post, faculty will learn about the various campus resources for our diverse students, employees, and visitors. Additionally, faculty will also be directed to teaching and learning resources specific to various student groups.
To navigate this post, click on accordions below to learn more about campus resources as well as available Teaching & Learning supports.
At Conestoga, we have several Accessibility programs, services, and facilities to facilitate more choice and independence for students, employees, or visitors with disabilities. Accessible Learning supports students with permanent, temporary, visible, or invisible disabilities to fully participate in our Conestoga community. Moreover, Conestoga has a Student Service Animal Policy and Student Service Animal Procedure for bringing service animals on campus.
Below are key resources for faculty about accessible teaching and learning at Conestoga:
All students and employees have a right to study and work in a safe environment free of discrimination and harassment. To address concerns for students, contact Student Rights and Responsibilities. To address concerns for employees, contact Human Resources.
Additionally, below are some resources to create safe and effective learning spaces:
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)
We have a curated list of College resources for Indigenous students, as well as African, Caribbean, and Black-identifying students. For students, employees, as well as the wider community, we have Anti-Racism & Racial Justice Resources as well as Indigenous Resources.
Additionally, below is a list of resources to support the teaching and learning of BIPOC students. For resources specific to teaching Indigenous students, please see the Indigenous accordion.
Building Community & Getting Involved
Read the below resource on building community in our courses:
2SLGBTQ+(2-Spirited, Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Queer, Questioning, and more)
We have Child Care Centres at Conestoga, available to students, employees, and the general public.
Be-Dah-Bin Gamik (A Place for New Beginnings) offers services for Indigenous students, including those who identify as First Nations (status and non-status), Metis, and Inuit. We also have resources for Indigenous students as well as Community Indigenous Resources (for students, employees, and the wider community).
Check out our Teaching and Learning resources for supporting Indigenous students:
Menstrual Equity & Education Initiative
Free period products are available to students, employees, and visitors in various washrooms across Conestoga campuses. For more information, please check out Conestoga’s Free Period Products page.
Parking and Transportation
Learn more about Parking and Transportation at Conestoga for students, employees, and visitors.
A variety of professional development opportunities are available to Conestoga employees. These include workshops, micro-credentials, the Faculty Learning Hub (24/7 teaching & learning resources for faculty), and teaching videos for ongoing learning and development.
Sexual & Gender-Based Violence Prevention & Support
A variety Conestoga has several resources for sexual & gender-based violence prevention and support available to students as well as employees supporting students. Check out these supports if you are supporting survivors of sexual or gender-based violence or if you are interested in learning more about Conestoga’s Consent Culture.
Spiritual & Safe Spaces
Conestoga offers students Spiritual Rooms, which are non-denominational, gender-neutral spaces for prayer, meditation, or silent reflection. To enhance safety, Conestoga also offers students, employees, and visitors access to an escort anywhere on College property or accommodation within campus vicinity through the Walksafe Program.
Student Health & Wellness
Students have supports and resources for medical care, mental health counselling, as well as physical and sexual health. Check out Student Health & Wellness Services for more information.
Faculty also can check out the below teaching and learning resources to support student well-being:
A summary of Conestoga’s Equity Resources is also available in pdf.
At Conestoga, we have a number of universal/gender-inclusive washrooms available to students, employees, and the general public. For a list of these washroom locations, please see this page, and scroll down to the Universal/Gender-Inclusive Washrooms sub-heading.
ApplyBoard (Apr. 13, 2021). The Most Popular Canadian Colleges and Universities for International Students in 2021. Retrieved from: https://www.applyboard.com/blog/the-most-popular-canadian-colleges-and-universities-for-international-students-in-2021
Conestoga College (2021). Conestoga’s Strategic Plan 2021-2024. Retrieved from: https://www-assets.conestogac.on.ca/documents/www/strategic-plan/conestoga-strategic-plan-2021-24.pdf