StFX is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion
We cannot be a leader in education and student experience without a workforce that is representative of the modern world. We know a diverse environment fosters critical thinking and leads to better teachers, researchers, learners and service providers.
Our employee census will help us understand the demographic makeup of faculty and staff. The data collected in this survey will be used to identify challenges and make informed decisions about how to make StFX a safer and more welcoming place to work, live and study.
On average, the questionnaire takes approximately 3 minutes to complete.
Those who complete the census before October 31, 2022 have an opportunity to win a pair of airpods. To enter the draw, print out the submission page with your name and email. Submissions can be mailed in a sealed envelope to Aimee MacDonald, office 434 Bloomfield centre. Only the winning envelope will be opened. All other submissions will be securely destroyed.
Everyone counts at StFX!
What is the StFX Employee Census?
The Employee Survey asks Faculty and Staff to identify whether they belong to one or more historically underrepresented group(s). The information collected is necessary to help us fully understand our own workplace demographics to guide the development of initiatives that best meet the needs of Xaverians
Who are the historically underrepresented groups?
StFX will gather data on members of the four designated groups under the Employment Equity Act: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and minoritized individuals. The census will also measure the participation of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in our workforce as members of this community continue to experience harm caused by systemic discrimination and oppression.
What is employment equity?
Employment equity seeks to ensure all job applicants and employees have a fair chance in the workplace. It is achieved when no person is denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to their abilities. Employment equity, as designated by the federal government, seeks to eliminate barriers for certain groups particularly; Aboriginal/Indigenous people, members of racially visible groups, persons with disabilities and women.
Employment Equity strives for:
• A workforce that reflects the diversity of the available labour force (ie: is representative of NS).
• Employment systems, policies and practices that support the workforce as a whole and support the recruitment, hiring retention and promotion of designated group members.
• Employment systems that ensure all present and future employees have a fair and equitable opportunity to develop their abilities, realize their expectations and make the best contribution possible to the workplace.
Equity requires planning for managing change and increasing diversity. The employee census is one step in the process. The goal is a representative workforce where systems, policies and practices ensure that all employees have an equitable opportunity to develop their abilities, realize their expectations and make the best contribution possible in the workplace.
Why is employment equity necessary?
The groups identified above experience higher unemployment rates, lower than average salaries, and concentration in low-status jobs. Employment equity measures remove systemic barriers that may prevent members of the groups noted from full participation in the workplace.
Why is StFX doing this census?
Our values include providing a working and learning environment that encompasses people from diverse communities, and we are taking every opportunity to become more inclusive and equitable and accessible.
What will be done with the information provided in the census?
StFX has long been an organization that both serves, and is comprised of, multiple and diverse communities. Our values include creating a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors.
To support these values, StFX will produce reports based on the total number of responses within designated groups, review our workforce profile and set short- and long-term goals that promote a fair an inclusive workplace.
When we develop these reports and goals, individual responses to the census are combined and reported in total percentages or aggregates (summaries) and are never reported on an individual participant basis.
You say the census is anonymous, why is it coming to my personal email?
In order to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the data, the office of Human Rights and Equity will send you a link specific to your StFX email address. Your email address (i.e: email@example.com) will be scrubbed to anonymize the address prior to being uploaded into our database (i.e: WRS3firstname.lastname@example.org). The software itself has its own level of encryption to anonymize the Respondent. This means when the raw data is extracted there will be nothing except for the responses in the file. The reason we have chosen to use a personalized yet anonymized link is to 1) target reminders to those who have not responded and 2) to ensure only StFX employees will receive a link and be able to complete it only once.
Can I choose to opt out of the census?
We ask all employees to complete and submit the census; however, each question offers you the choice to opt out by indicating, “I prefer not to answer”. By selecting this response, you may submit the census without providing responses.
You may choose to answer all, some or none of the questions, but we do ask you to complete and submit the census. With a better understanding of the makeup of our community, we can enhance our efforts in diversity and inclusion resources and employment equity action.
Will my census responses be kept in my employee file?
No, census data is not shared with an employee’s manager/supervisor or attached to an employee file. The office of Human Rights and Equity is a separate entity from Human Resources. Individual census responses will not be visible to Human Resources. Data is stored in Explorance Blue. Raw data will be visible only to the Director, Human Rights and Equity and to the data analyst in Human Rights and Equity.
Can I change the information I provide on the Census later?
No, we are not able to locate your responses and change the data associated with you. You will be able to update the data on the next iteration of the census – which will occur every 3 years.