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Anti-Asian Racism Working Group

Accountability Highlights: Anti-Asian Racism Working Group Report

  • In Fall 2023, the Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture introduced updated organizational competencies. Beginning in the 2023-24 review cycle, a new EDI competency will be part of the Performance Assessment process for all eligible staff (AARWG Recommendation 3.4).
  • Self-identified race-based data (with confidentiality masking) is available to the Centre for Learning, Leadership, and Culture (LLC) as requested, and is taken into consideration as part of the recruitment and selection process for leadership and mentorship programs (AARWG Recommendation 1.4).
  • Following a formal Request for Proposal process that required potential providers to demonstrate how their services are culturally informed/relevant, the University selected TELUS Health (formerly LifeWorks) as its new Employee and Family Assistance Program in May 2022 (AARWG Recommendation 7.2).
  • In 2023, the University launched an updated Employment Equity Survey, informed by feedback from the Equity Survey Advisory Group, which uses language more closely aligned with the Student Equity Census (AARWG Recommendation 1.2).
  • Throughout the year, the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office offered education programming to the University community to raise awareness of anti-Asian racism and strategies to increase inclusion and create a sense of community and belonging. In 2023, the programs included “Disrupting Anti-Asian Racism: Tools for Change” (May 1, 2023); “Restorative Art Therapy for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Community & Their Allies” (May 9, 2023); “Understanding Anti-Asian Racism: Conversations and Strategies for Change in Higher Education” (May 24, 2023); Anti-Asian Racism: What It Is, Intersections, and What Can We Do (December 4, 2023) (AARWG Recommendation 4.2; 6.3; 7.2).

Supporting an inclusive and welcoming community 

September 21, 2023

All employees at the University of Toronto have a right to work without discrimination, harassment, or violence of any kind. To support this right, the University maintains a robust set of policies in addition to clear pathways for employees to request accommodation, share a concern, or file a complaint. Together, we can foster respectful workplaces where everyone feels they are welcome, supported, and can thrive.

Making an Impact: U of T’s Latest Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Report

August 4, 2023

We are pleased to share the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Report 2022, which follows the journey of interactions that foster belonging for individuals before, during, and after their time with U of T. This report explores EDI initiatives led by Faculties, divisions, and campuses across the University.

Vikram Chadalawada hands the group's final report to U of T President Meric Gertler.

U of T marks entrustment of Anti-Asian Racism Working Group Report

June 8, 2023

The University of Toronto held a ceremony to mark the entrustment of the Anti-Asian Racism Working Group’s (AARWG) final report, which includes 40 recommendations to address the often invisible nature of anti-Asian racism and build a more equitable community across U of T’s three campuses. The ceremony, held in Governing Council Chamber, marked the official handover of the report to U of T’s senior leaders, who have accepted all of the report’s recommendations.

U of T Engineering building entryway

U of T accepts all recommendations of Anti-Asian Racism Working Group’s final report

May 29, 2023

The University of Toronto is committed to implementing the 40 recommendations for addressing anti-Asian racism on campus issued in the final report by U of T’s Anti-Asian Racism Working Group. The final report outlines eight key areas where the university can expand on its work to build a more respectful, accountable, equitable and inclusive community while stepping up efforts to combat anti-Asian racism, which experienced a spike in Canada and other countries during the pandemic.

Lingyin Shen

Anti-Asian Racism Working Group’s student members aim to build community, drive change

November 2, 2022

When Lingyin Shen learned that U of T had formed an Anti-Asian Racism Working Group to tackle anti-Asian racism across the three campuses and achieve a more welcoming and inclusive environment for Asian communities, she saw it as an opportunity to speak up and for her voice to be heard. 

Students walking on the Front Campus in front of University College.

Supporting an inclusive and welcoming community

October 5, 2022

The University of Toronto aims to foster an inclusive workplace environment where all members of our community feel they belong, are respected, and can thrive. Workplace harassment and discrimination in any form are unacceptable and unwelcome at the University. All University of Toronto faculty, librarians, and staff work under a common set of workplace conduct policies and guidelines. These policies and guidelines set out the University’s expectations of behaviour and conduct, and outline the processes used when community members bring forward concerns and complaints.

Employment Equity Report 2021

September 1, 2022

Today, institutions and corporations around the world are deeply invested in data-driven decision-making: developing ways to collect and analyze data that can inform short- and long-term strategies. The 2021 Employment Equity Report reflects the most recent outcomes of discussions we have been having across our three campuses and with our community.

Call for Nominations – U of T Anti-Asian Racism Working Group

June 21, 2022

The Anti-Asian Racism Working Group acknowledges the intersectionality of identities and the varied impacts of anti-Asian racism on members of our community. Our goals are to listen to community feedback, review University policies and practices, and provide recommendations for advancing inclusion for Asian community members across the tri-campus. We invite all interested members of our community to nominate themselves to serve on the Working Group with us this year. We seek to include a diversity of voices on the issue of Asian inclusion and excellence in this work.