Announcing the Anti-Asian Racism Working Group

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

As an institution and as a community, we have been concerned by recent incidents of anti-Asian racism here at U of T, in our city-region, and indeed across North America. It is our collective responsibility to develop strategies to dismantle barriers and enhance inclusivity for Asian members of the U of T community.

To that end, the University of Toronto has established an Anti-Asian Racism Working Group, to be led by co-chairs Mr. Vikram ChadalawadaAssistant Director, Student Information Systems, Enterprise Applications and Solutions Integration (EASI) and Information Technology Services (ITS), and Associate Professor Carol ChinPrincipal of Woodsworth College.

The Anti-Asian Racism Working Group will review programming, activities, processes, and practices in place at the institution, and make recommendations to support the University’s response to anti-Asian racism. Its primary aims are to:

  • Consult with University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and librarians about their experiences of anti-Asian racism on our three campuses, and invite their recommendations on how to foster a more inclusive and respectful environment for Asian community members;
  • Develop a tri-campus inventory of existing resources, initiatives, and projects that are addressing systemic and individual anti-Asian racism and advancing inclusion and excellence for Asian community members;
  • Review the University’s existing practices, processes, and policies to determine whether existing tools are appropriate to i) address anti-Asian racism and ii) advance inclusion and excellence for Asian community members; and determine whether additional policies and processes are required;
  • Review previous recommendations regarding anti-racism practices made by members of the U of T community, and at other research-intensive universities for addressing anti-Asian racism and fostering inclusion and excellence for Asian community members;
  • Develop recommendations about actionable steps to help the University achieve a more respectful, accountable, equitable, and inclusive community, and to help combat anti-Asian racism on its three campuses; and
  • Present a final report and recommendations to the President; the Vice-President and Provost; the Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture

We invite you to learn more about the Anti-Asian Racism Working Group and its Terms of Reference. A call for nominations for additional members of the Working Group will be issued shortly.

We also encourage all members of the U of T community to engage with the Working Group and provide feedback and insights at anti.asian.racism@utoronto.ca. In the coming months, additional opportunities to share concerns and recommendations with the Working Group will be made available to students, faculty, staff, librarians, and other members of the U of T community.