Announcing the Antisemitism Working Group

From: Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto; Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost; Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity

Diversity, inclusion, and respect are fundamental values of the University of Toronto. Antisemitism remains a source of discrimination, harassment, and violence today and a threat to all free societies. It is our collective responsibility to address systemic racism, including antisemitism, within our tri-campus community and to cultivate a respectful learning and working environment for everyone.

To that end, the University of Toronto has established an Antisemitism Working Group. The Antisemitism Working Group will review programming, activities, processes and practices in place at the institution and make recommendations to support the University’s response to antisemitism.

While conducting its review, the Antisemitism Working Group will:

  • Consult members of the University community, including students, faculty, librarians, and staff, about how to create an inclusive environment where Jewish members of our community feel welcome and respected.
  • Examine best practices at other research-intensive universities for combatting antisemitism.
  • Develop an inventory of existing institutional and divisional initiatives that address antisemitism.
  • Recommend actions that equity offices and other University offices on all three campuses can take to improve education about antisemitism and responses to anti-Semitic incidents.
  • Review the University’s existing policies to determine whether existing policy tools are appropriate for dealing with issues of antisemitism.
  • Propose new programs and initiatives to eliminate antisemitism on campus.
  • Present a final report to the President, the Vice-President and Provost, and the Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity.

We invite you to learn more about the Antisemitism Working Group, its Terms of Reference, and its membership at the Group’s webpage. We encourage all members of the U of T community to engage with the Working Group and provide feedback at anti.semitism.working.group@utoronto.ca. Many opportunities for students, faculty, staff, librarians, instructors, and researchers to communicate their concerns and recommendations to the Working Group will be provided in the coming months.

For more information, visit the Antisemitism Working Group webpage.