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Niagara College signs Dimensions charter on equity
Filomena Tassi, minister of seniors, was at Niagara College Wednesday morning to announce a grant of nearly $2 million. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Niagara College made a commitment to greater equity, diversity and inclusion by endorsing the Dimensions pilot project on Wednesday.

The project, which was inspired by the UK’s Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network), aims to address systemic barriers experienced by members of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.

“To date, over 80 institutions have endorsed the Dimensions charter, including today Niagara College, signalling their commitment to ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity, treatment and recognition in our colleges, universities, CEGEPs and polytechnics,” said Filomena Tassi, the federal minister of seniors, who was on hand for the announcement.

Tassi thanked Niagara College president Dan Patterson, MP Chris Bittle and Student Administrative Council president Tom Price for demonstrating the college’s commitment to an inclusive campus by endorsing the charter.

Though her job is to act as minister of seniors, Tassi said she has a passion for students, having worked in a school environment for many years.

She said it was “absolutely fantastic” to be at Niagara College to announce the nearly $2 million in funding that will be going to the College and Community Innovation program.

The grant of $1.75 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada was announced in June, renewing the Technology Access Centre funding for the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

The college’s Agriculture and Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre is set to receive $149,918 for equipment for cannabis production research.

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