Inclusion Fusion shines spotlight on NorQuest's inclusive culture

NorQuest College celebrates its incredible student diversity and inclusive culture throughout the year, but one event in particular stands out: Inclusion Fusion.

A number of activities and learnings took place from March 23 to 26, 2015 at the college’s Edmonton Downtown and Westmount campuses. We hope you enjoy this package featuring highlights of the events.

Inclusion Fusion at Westmount Campus – March 23

LINC students write messages of inclusion on a banner at the Westmount event.
LINC students write messages of inclusion on a banner at the Westmount event.

This interactive, student-led event explored diversity and inclusion through various activities. In PhotoVoice, for example, students used iPads to compare and share perspectives of photos they took on campus.

There were also conversation circles, a banner collecting messages of inclusion, and a collective art project in which students created a beautiful mandala. 

We Welcome Art – March 24

A student adds her personal touch to the community art piece at the We Welcome Art event.
A student adds her personal touch to the community art piece at the We Welcome Art event.

Hosted by the Students’ Association of NorQuest College (SANQC), Catherine McMillan from The Quirky Art Café led a hands-on collaborative art journaling project where students contributed their individual piece to a large community-made painting. 

“The uniqueness of each student comes together in this beautiful painting,” noted Krystal McCann, Student Engagement Facilitator.

Act of Inclusion - March 25

Students and employees form a circle of inclusion at the Act of Inclusion event.
Students and employees form a circle of inclusion at the Act of Inclusion event.

NorQuest’s first popular theatre troupe challenged participants to think about what inclusion means and looks like. The troupe led two rounds of participatory theatre events where students and employees came together in a circle. Insights about inclusion were captured and added to a large banner.

“The theatre games tapped into a deep-seated desire I feel and see in others to reach out and help—I think that’s part of inclusion,” said Applied Research Specialist Cheryl Whitelaw.

Human Library - March 26

NorQuest alumnus Gerard Amani engages "readers" at the Human Library event.
NorQuest alumnus Gerard Amani engages "readers" at the Human Library event.

A profound experience for both books and readers, NorQuest’s first Human Library was a huge success.

“Readers” were able to speak to human “books” from various backgrounds who volunteered to talk about their life experiences.