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Why a respect campaign?

Respect, Equality, Access and Diversity are part of our core values. The campaign responds to DC’s desire to recognize and celebrate and respect our diverse population. The aim is to reinforce and strengthen good behaviours and attitudes already established on campus and provides students and staff with the additional tools and skills in order to continue to make DC a safe, dynamic and supportive space to learn and to work.


  • Respond to DC’s increasingly diverse population
  • Raise the level of civility in all areas of the campus
  • Provide resources for students, staff and faculty to learn how to learn and work harmoniously in a respectful space
  • Support DC’s Mission Statement and Strategic Plan
  • Enhance DC’s customer service in all areas of the institution

What can you do?

  • Become an ambassador of the respect message by including respect in your everyday interactions and celebrating the uniqueness of our campus members.
  • Support the campaign by attending respect events, following and interacting with the campaign on social media, sharing your ideas and encouraging others to be the difference – respect each other.
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Respect the Land

Durham College (DC) is situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas and the territory that is covered by the Williams Treaty, and we are thankful for the opportunity to teach and learn on the lands of the Peoples of Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

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Respect Identity

Among the many rights and freedoms that we have as Canadians, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, each of us is entitled to fair and impartial treatment by the law. This ensures that we are not discriminated against based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental and physical ability.

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Respect Culture

Culture is shared, learned, celebrated and constantly changing. It includes attitudes, behaviour, values, language and beliefs.

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Respect Language

Language allows us to communicate our thoughts, feelings, values and customs. When we do not share a language with someone, it can be challenging to understand individuals in a particular culture.

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