Supports for Diversity Across the Conestoga Community
Between 2017 and 2021, Conestoga College saw a 350% increase in the number of 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:
Accommodating and Supporting Students with Disabilities: Conestoga Faculty Stories
A Foundational Understanding of Accessible Teaching and Learning at Conestoga College
Building Accessible PowerPoint Slides
Supporting Privacy Rights of People with Disabilities
Short-term private accommodation is available for students, employees, and visitors of Conestoga College. Rooms are first come, first serve. Accommodation can be booked for the following locations: Brantford, Cambridge – Fountain Street, Doon, Downtown Kitchener, Guelph, and Waterloo.
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:
Creating Class Guidelines with Students
Student Expectations for Online Engagement
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.
10 (+1) Tips for Supporting International Students (and Everyone Else) While Teaching Remotely
Creating a Sense of Belonging for International Students
Language Use in the Conestoga Classroom
Students from India: Help Them to be Successful
Supporting Muslim Students during the Month of Ramadan
Tips for Teaching Out-of-Country International Students
Understanding Equity, Inclusion, and Teaching During a Pandemic
Building Community & Getting Involved
Students at Conestoga are encouraged to build community through Student Engagement resources and get involved to make a difference.
Read the below resource on building community in our courses:
Getting Started with Breakout Rooms
Start Your Class with Content-based Icebreakers
Teaching for Social Good and Community Building
2SLGBTQ+(2-Spirited, Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Queer, Questioning, and more)
We have curated lists of College resources for 2SLGBTQ+ students, as well as Community 2SLGBTQ+ Resources available to students, employees, and the general public. Conestoga also has services for students to change their personal information or change their preferred name/gender.
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:
First Annual Indigenous Faculty Learning Symposium (June 16, 17 and 18, 2022)
Building Truth and Reconciliation for Indigenous Peoples into Teaching
Delivering Indigenous Land Acknowledgements
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:
Best Practices for Faculty to Support Students in Distress or in Crisis
Managing Unexpected and/or Emotional Incidents in Post-Secondary Teaching
Reacting and Responding to Student E-mails, Especially During End-of-Semester Stress
A summary of Conestoga’s Equity Resources is also available in pdf.
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