Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at D2L
We believe diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strengthen innovation and are pivotal in helping continue to build great products, solve important problems and better serve the needs of our clients, educators and learners globally. We strive to create a company where our employee population is reflective of the communities D2Lers live and work in as well as our clients and users.
At D2L our mission is to transform the way the world learns. We believe learning can be accessible, engaging and inspiring. To help us in achieving our mission, we are committed to building and fostering a culture where our employees feel included, valued, heard and enabled to do the best work of their lives. We look to attract, hire, develop and celebrate the achievements of talented individuals who bring diverse perspectives and lived experiences.
5 Action Pillars
Collect and report on diversity data across several diversity characteristics to help us identify and action areas of underrepresentation as well as employee sentiment as it relates to diversity and inclusion at D2L.
Training and Enablement
Deliver training opportunities aimed to enhance employee and manager knowledge and expectations specific to diversity, inclusion and belonging topics such as unconscious bias, allyship, discrimination, bullying, harassment, bystander accountability, and anti-racism.
Building a more diverse team and inclusive culture at D2L isn’t just about who we hire, it’s about how we hire. This pillar focuses on actions that positively support our ability to attract diverse candidates to apply and reduce biases in all stages of the recruitment process.
Drive activities to enhance manager and employee awareness of diversity, inclusion and belonging related topics throughout the company by sharing resources and best practices, building, and supporting employee resource groups and participating in activities to support community partnerships.
Continuous review of our People process, policies, and programs to ensure they are inclusive and reduce potential biases.
For any questions regarding our hiring practices please reach out to [email protected].
Inclusive Job Postings
All job descriptions at D2L are reviewed for inclusive language, ensuring we are mindful of gendered language and language that would be exclusionary.
Every candidate goes through the same set of interviews and are asked the same questions to ensure candidates are assessed by the same people and against the same competencies and requirements.
Diverse Interview Panels
It is important to us that the people that interview you are reflective of our D2L population and the people you will work with; we want you to see yourself in our teams and working here!
To ensure our jobs are attracting people with a wide variety of experience to D2L we post our roles on diversity and inclusion specific job boards like Queer Tech.
Accessibility Accommodations for Interviews
We have a prompt in our interview requests to make our team aware of accommodation needs during our process. Some accommodations include; providing questions in advance, adding time to an interview, conducting a phone screen via zoom to provide speech-to-text capabilities etc. Don’t hesitate to contact us so we can ensure your experience is a positive one!
Applicant Tracking System Capabilities
The Applicant Tracking System we use (Greenhouse) has intentional methods to provide an inclusive interviewing experience by providing candidates with the option to record the pronunciation of their name and add their pronouns. Greenhouse also provides nudges to interviewers of how to avoid unconscious bias during interviews.
Hiring Managers and interviewers have the opportunity to attend enablement learning sessions lead by our Talent Acquisition team to discuss best practices and tips for interviewing, social media, the recruitment process and LinkedIn, all while keeping diversity and inclusion top of mind.
Day 1 Orientation
Our Day 1 Orientation includes a session dedicated to discussing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging so that D2Lers keep it top if mind in their day-to-day work and are aware of resources available.
Courses With a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Focus
Ongoing learning is a strong value at D2L, and we provide employees with the chance to take Diversity and Inclusion related courses through our Catch the Wave program.
Mental Health Resources
Our Employee Assistance Program provides employees access to various resources including therapists and other mental health professionals. We encourage employees to ensure they are taking care of themselves and feel able to bring their authentic selves to work.
We participate in career fairs and other events across different communities, such as QueerTech Career Fair, TechNova, CANCWIC and more.
Partnerships With Clubs and Associations
Our Early Talent team partners with clubs and associations with a focus on diversity and inclusion at post-secondary institutions across Canada. We attend events, provide resume and interview training sessions and connect them with D2Lers for panel events.
Ukraine Fast Track Program
During the conflict in Ukraine, D2L had a fast-tracked application process to find impacted individuals roles at D2L and assist them in getting settled in Canada.
Employee Resource Groups
D2L is continuing to make an effort to add more ERGs to ensure all employees feel connected, represented, and heard.
Awards and Recognition
2012 – 2014, 2018 – 2023
Canada’s Top Employers for Young People about the Canada’s Top Employers for Young People
Diversity & Inclusion Award, Top Ten about the Diversity & Inclusion Award, Top Ten
2011 – 2023
Waterloo Area’s Top Employers about the Waterloo Area’s Top Employers
2019 – 2022
The Candidate Experience Award about the The Candidate Experience Award