Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) is providing opportunities for the community to learn about cultures and history, through diversity initiatives.   

“At Red Deer Polytechnic, we are committed to continue fostering an inclusive and respectful culture that values all students, employees, and stakeholders,” Lindsay Engel, Vice President of Academic and Student Experience said. “By offering a variety of culturally immersive opportunities at RDP, members of our campus community are able to expand their knowledge and perspectives and engage in meaningful dialogue on a range of topics.”  

RDP hosted a student-led Indigenous Perspectives Conference in early February, giving participants an opportunity to learn about Indigenous ways of knowing and being.   

Conference attendees were able to be a part of the Opening Pipe Ceremony, and select from a variety of sessions, including Drumming and Storytelling, and Indigenous Art and Tipi Teachings.  

All Indigenous events and initiatives at RDP are components of the institution’s larger commitment to Indigenous education and Truth and Reconciliation. 

Red Deer Polytechnic culture and diversity display.Photo provided by Red Deer Polytechnic.

The polytechnic is also recognizing Black History Month throughout February, through displays and events highlighting the contributions and lived experiences of students, employees, and community members.   

The initiatives include a Black History Book Display, an Afro-Caribbean Night, and a virtual presentation by RDP alum Rochelle Ignacio, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement.  

Throughout the month, RDP will also share relevant stories and experiences of polytechnic learners, alumni, and employees.   

“While some of these important on-campus initiatives are time specific, we are dedicated to advancing our commitment to Indigenization and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion throughout the year,” Engel said. “We are proud to offer a variety of academic, cultural, and social opportunities for both domestic students, which includes Indigenous learners, and International students, enriching their entire postsecondary experiences.”  

For more information on the events, visit the RDP website here