Why have inclusivity guidelines?
At the University of Toronto Canadian Politics Society, we strive to create as inclusive an environment as possible so everyone can share their love for Canadian politics.
The following guidelines were developed by our executive team to hold ourselves accountable when planning events. Have any questions about the guidelines below? Suggestions about how we should alter them to be more equitable and inclusive? Thoughts on whether we are fulfilling our responsibilities as an executive team? Please feel free to contact us.
Inclusivity Guidelines (Last updated October 31, 2018)
We will always (no matter what) …
Book rooms in buildings that are wheelchair accessible
Book rooms that have a capacity larger than our estimated turnout to prevent uncomfortable crowding in the case that our event is more popular than anticipated (could accomodate people with claustrophobia, social anxiety, size accommodations, etc.)
End our events on or before the time listed (or allow people to leave at the listed time)
Acknowledge our impact as settlers upon the land on which we hold our events prior to beginning them
Post the following information on our Facebook events and website:
Instructions on how to access the wheelchair accessible entrances
Nature of the washrooms available (single stall or multiple; gendered or not, etc.)
Provide food that accommodates the following dietary restrictions
Use gender-neutral language in all of our club’s communications
Ask club members/execs their preferred pronouns
We will strive to (when possible/considering financial or other constraints imposed by U of T) …
If showing video, screen it with closed captioning
Only book buildings that have gender neutral bathrooms
Provide food that accommodates other dietary restrictions other than the ones listed above
On Facebook event and website, give contact for people to request other accommodations for the event
Have our panels be as diverse as possible
Reach out to other campus groups to ensure people across U of T know of our events
Include audience participation in all events
Make event content as intersectional as possible