In a bizarre turn of events Dalhousie University is restricting its search for a new senior position to racially visible and Indigenous candidates in an effort to make the institution more diverse.

In an email to the university community, provost and vice-president academic Carolyn Watters wrote:

“Dear colleagues:

We have embarked on the process of selecting a new Vice-Provost Student Affairs. We are proceeding with this search as Dr. Arig al Shaibah will be leaving Dalhousie for another position at the end of March. There will be an opportunity in the near future to thank Arig personally for her many contributions to Dalhousie, especially her leadership of Student Affairs and Human Rights and Equity Services.

Dalhousie has retained Odgers Berndtson to assist with our search for the next Vice-Provost Student Affairs. This is a very important matter for the University and community consultation is essential to the success of the search. Please click here to complete a brief anonymous questionnaire. All responses will be held in strict confidence by Odgers Berndtson and the inclusion of your name is optional.

In keeping with the principles of our Employment Equity Policy, and with an aim to increase the representation of underrepresented groups at Dalhousie, this search for a new Vice-Provost Student Affairs will be restricted to racially visible persons and Aboriginal peoples at this time.
This is a very important matter for Dalhousie University and your input is important. Please assist the Committee by completing your questionnaire by February 9, 2018.

Thank you for your time and input.”

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