Best Practices in Responding to the Changing Landscape within Canadian Post- Secondary Demographics: An Integrated Approach Model (E/SI)

April 30, 2024 15:45 - 16:45 Glen Rm 203-204View map

The changing student demographic at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) has posed some challenges and complexities for how the institution conceptualizes and implements student support strategies. With an ever-increasing international student population, SAIT’s culturally and linguistically diverse student population requires a unique institutional effort to support student success and inclusivity. This session will present a model approach implemented by SAIT to foster a culturally responsive pedagogy and an inclusive, culturally responsive student support service. Using a multi-departmental, multi-faceted, and integrated approach model, SAIT’s International Centre, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Office, and the Centre for Academic Development and Innovation (CADI) launched a model that includes inter-connected supports and resources that foster the development of EDI knowledge and competencies, cultural knowledge and competence, and intercultural skills for staff, faculty, and leaders at the institution. This model for collaboration was launched under the auspices of the SAIT’s Intercultural Support Strategy. This holistic approach included: Student and faculty support roles, micro-modules on EDI and intercultural competence for SAIT community at no-cost, four culturally responsive teaching strategies micro-learning modules for faculty, as well as one-on-one coaching service with two intercultural specialists. The session will conclude with a discussion of the emerging impact of this intercultural support model on teaching and learning, student support services, student experience and outcomes, and leadership. Final discussions will explore the implications of this novel model for building inclusive campus environments and supports, fostering quality education, reducing inequalities, and fostering an overall campus climate where social justice can thrive.

Stream: Advancing Teaching, Learning and Student Success

This stream will focus on how colleges and institutes orient themselves to ensure the success of their students, create inclusive campus spaces, promote both physical and mental health, and use new technologies to strengthen support services. Sessions will explore how innovative teaching and assessment methods can take learning beyond the typical classroom setting, including virtual and blended learning, traditional Indigenous ways of knowing, and work-integrated learning in the world of AI.


Dania El Chaar
Intercultural Champion | Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
Rekiya Gifty Siyaka
Educational Developer | Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

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