How Materials and Manufacturing Play a Role in Inclusive Design: A Tour of SAIT's Facility
Inclusive Innovation at CIRAMM (Centre for Innovation and Research in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials)
SAIT, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, is a Canadian post-secondary institution known for its focus on innovation and hands-on learning. But SAIT's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is equally impressive. After collaborating with various disciplines and touring parts of their campus, we are inspired by SAIT's inclusive innovation practices.
During a tour of SAIT's CIRAMM facility, IncluCity learned firsthand about how materials and manufacturing play a role in accessibility. We got a glimpse into the extensive research and testing that happens behind the scenes to create the materials we interact with daily, from the ground we walk on to the sports equipment we use.
The SAIT CIRAMM facility is at the forefront of research in inclusive and accessible design. Through this facility, SAIT is exploring how accessibility can be integrated into design processes. The facility houses state-of-the-art equipment and technology, allowing SAIT researchers to develop innovative solutions to complex challenges.
CIRAMM is also exploring the role of materials in creating a more accessible world. They are currently researching the texture of gravel and how it can affect the mobility of people with a wide range of abilities, and exploring the use of new materials in wheelchair design, such as lightweight and durable composites. By developing new materials and testing them in real-world environments, SAIT is able to create solutions that are both effective and practical.
A Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
SAIT's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion supports students and employees from diverse backgrounds and promotes a culture of inclusivity on campus. The office offers a variety of scholarships and bursaries specifically for students from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous students and international students. SAIT is also committed to embedding DEI principles into its academic programs. For example, the Bachelor of Business Administration program includes courses on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and the Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems program includes a course on Indigenous mapping and land use.
Influence Beyond the Campus
SAIT's commitment to DEI and inclusive innovation is not limited to its campus. Graduates of SAIT's programs bring their knowledge and skills to the workplace, where they can make a difference by designing products, services, and systems that are more accessible to people with disabilities, more inclusive of diverse perspectives, and more equitable for all. By fostering a culture of innovation that is also inclusive and accessible, SAIT is contributing to shaping a more inclusive society.
Inspiring Inclusive Innovation
IncluCity is inspired by SAIT's commitment to DEI and inclusive innovation. We believe that SAIT's programs and practices can serve as a model for other institutions and organizations seeking to promote accessibility and inclusivity. By prioritizing DEI and inclusive innovation, SAIT is not only making a positive impact on its own campus but also on the wider community, equipping graduates with the skills and knowledge to promote inclusive design throughout their careers.
Thank you SAIT for inspiring us!
SAIT's commitment to inclusive innovation is an inspiration to IncluCity and others who share our passion for promoting accessibility and inclusivity. By fostering a culture of inclusive problem-solving on campus and through their programs, SAIT is helping to shape a more inclusive society. We can't wait to see what they come up with next!