Strategic Plan Update - Building Community

BUILDING COMMUNITY that creates an outstanding learning and working environment

We believe in creating environments where individuals can reach their full potential while supporting their colleagues, community and province.

 

Progress Highlights

Indigenous planning and design principles: Five principles were established through the Visionary (re)Generation project to guide planning and design on all University lands and campuses, making the University a leader in this area. The UMSU Bike Kiosk was the first project to be completed using these principles, incorporating ceremonies conducted by Elders for tree removal and replanting and a ground blessing.

Respectful and inclusive environments: The University has taken many steps to build a welcoming community for all, including: launching its first Accessibility Plan beginning implementation of the new mental health strategy Success Through Wellness, constructing a new childcare facility and development of a sexual assault policy.

Sustainability strategy: The goal to support environmental sustainability was advanced by the new Sustainability Strategy 2016–2018, resulting in decreased consumption costs in water and natural gas and a 50 per cent increase in the diversion of recyclables from the waste stream.

 

Water Consumption History, Fort Garry Campus

 

Natural Gas Consumption, Fort Garry Campus

 

Electrical Consumption History, Fort Garry Campus

 

Employee development: Opportunities for professional development have increased substantially: nearly 200 in-person sessions are offered each year in addition to online resources. Significant emphasis has been placed on strong leadership skills through the Leadership Learning Program and the Academic Leadership Program.

Information security: Information security practice was re-oriented to a technology- and risk-based rather than reactive approach, with a focus on education and awareness that engages all members of the University community. Modernizing systems and simplifying operations have also begun, with initiatives such as consolidating backup technologies from seven to two.

 

Moving Forward

Inclusivity and diversity: Increase and embrace diversity — especially with respect to women, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, gender and sexual minorities and racialized minorities — through new initiatives and management training.

Supportive information technology: Better communicate how IT services can support students, staff and faculty and ensure policies and practices are in step with their needs and the current University environment.

Balance Technology and Supports: Ensure improvements in technology efficiency and performance are balanced with appropriate supports for the working and learning environment.

Budget Model: Implement new model and new software to enhance budgeting and planning for all units.