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ERIC Number: ED383250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Pages: 24
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Reflections on Systemic Discrimination in a University.
Rees, Ruth
This paper uses examples of systemic sex discrimination at one Canadian university to illustrate the need to continue to redress the causes of such discrimination. An opening section explores some legal definitions of systemic discrimination from court decisions and government regulation. Using these, this section develops a working definition of systemic discrimination as any "institutionalized" (not individual) structures, policies, practices, customers and attitudes which disadvantage individuals who are members of certain groups (self-defined). The next section describes some examples of systemic discrimination experienced by an individual (the author) in the past three academic years working as an Academic Dean. These are grouped under several categories of systemic discrimination: institutional practices; criteria or practices which have adversely affected women academics in hiring, selection, promotion, review and tenure processes; and inequitable allocation of resources. A conclusion offers five suggestions for change: (1) institutional acknowledgement that systemic discrimination exists; (2) articulate objectives to eradicate discriminatory policies, practices, structures and conventions; (3) placement of explicit responsibilty for employment equity on senior management; (4) reconstruct policies, practices, structures and norms; and (5) continued striving by women to claim their rightful authority. (Contains 35 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada