Feb. 18, 2021Print | PDF
“Counting yourself in” is critical to Laurier better understanding our student community, including its diversity. As a part of Laurier’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), all students are invited to complete the confidential and voluntary Student Self-Identification (ID) Form. Understanding the demographics of our students is important to continuing to create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Laurier.
All current Laurier students are eligible to participate.
The Student Self-Identification (ID) Form enables Wilfrid Laurier University to better understand the diversity of the student community. Your participation is critical to ensuring that Laurier has a representational snapshot of the student population. Information provided by you in the Student Self ID Form supports the institution in effectively identifying and addressing barriers experienced by students through a framework guided by principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). The information assists Laurier in pursuing activities and broader institutional commitments that improve the student experience, academic success, and well-being.
No, your participation is voluntary. We encourage all students to complete the form as more responses allow us to better understand the student community and pursue evidence-informed actions. When completing the form, you can skip a question or withdraw at any time without penalty.
Students can log in to LORIS and complete the form under “Personal Information” at any time. The form takes approximately five minutes to complete.
The form gathers information on a range of demographic and identity-related information including caregiving status, disability, gender identity, language, race, religion, sex, and sexual identity. Understanding these characteristics is integral to developing a more comprehensive understanding of Laurier’s student community alongside, identifying and addressing inequities.
You may not regularly use the labels or groups used in the form to identify yourself. Much of the terminology aligns with the language used in the Ontario Human Rights Code or Statistics Canada. Using these terms and definitions enables us to more accurately compare our data to regional, provincial and national information.
We also recognize that identities and the language surrounding them are personal, complex, and evolving. Therefore, for relevant questions, there is an option for you to list how you want to identify, beyond the list of options provided. There is also a voluntary open-text section at the end of the form to describe in your own words how you identify.
The information generated from the Student Self-ID Form will assist Laurier in creating an accurate picture of who are Golden Hawk community is. With the multidimensional nature of the information provided by participating students in the Form, Laurier can better understand the experiences of student in relation to campus experiences, academic success, well-being and other factors. Student numbers are linked to the data you provide and may be connected with supplementary administrative data in Laurier’s systems for institutional analysis. For instance, using student numbers, data may be linked to a faculty and program type when examining specific institutional conditions.
For example, information garnered through the Student Self-ID Form can be used to:
Actions can and are being pursued at a program, department, faculty, or office-level and/or through EDI-related commitments such as the Action Plan for EDI and Indigeneity, Strategic Plan for EDI, Canada Research Chairs Program EDI Action Plan, and the Accessibility Plan.
Any information you provide to Laurier through the form will be kept strictly confidential. Before public reporting, all data is stripped of identifying information and grouped to protect your privacy. For example, information is summarized into broad categories (e.g. academic programs) to protect the privacy of students.
Data is stored on secure university servers. Data from the form may be transferred and stored in the Institutional Research and Planning data warehouse. Access to these data will be limited to those who require access to support institutional reporting. The University’s Privacy Office has been consulted to ensure your personal information is collected, used, and stored following University Policy 10.1 and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of Ontario. This activity has also been approved by the Office of Research Services (File #2020 – 51) per University Policy 8.2.
Data is handled by staff in the Office of the Associate Vice-President: EDI, Laurier’s EDI Self-Assessment Team, and/or additional qualified individuals required for these projects and as approved by these teams. Data from the form may be transferred and stored in our institutional data warehouse. Access to these data will be limited to those who require access to support institutional reporting. Student information and data are protected. Unapproved individuals including Laurier staff (e.g. professors, teaching assistants, academic advisors) will not have access to your data.
The Student Self-ID Form initiative is led by the Office of the Associate Vice-President: EDI and EDI Self-Assessment Team in collaboration with a range of departments and offices at Laurier. Student focus groups were hosted throughout November 2020. Feedback garnered through the form was formally reviewed by the Office of the Associate Vice-President: EDI and the EDI Self-Assessment Team in July 2021 in addition to further student consultation with the EDI-SAT Student Committee. The rollout of the form is an iterative process that is subject to continued feedback and revision.
Yes, you can update or change your responses at any time. There is no deadline to complete the form – information is collected and updated on an ongoing basis.
We’re always here to help. Should you require any assistance, please contact the Office of the Associate Vice President EDI at firstname.lastname@example.org.