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Anti-Black Racism Task Force

Accountability Highlights: Anti-Black Racism Task Force Report

  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion leads have been hired across the tri-campus and recruitment is ongoing in other areas. These roles will be supporting the implementation of recommendations across their respective Faculties where relevant. (ABRTF Recommendation 2.1).
  • The Provost’s Office instructs Deans and Chief Librarians to include EDI progress and activities in their annual activity reports. This process has been in practice since 2020 and was formalized in 2022-23 (ABRTF Recommendation 2.2).
  • As of April 2023, the U of T Student Equity Census achieved close to a 90% response rate for all current registered students. Plans are underway to share and report on this data, in consultation with student representatives, and this process will be carried out annually. Employment Equity data is now featured in PSEC’s annual Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Report with a companion interactive data dashboard (ABRTF Recommendation 3.4; ABRTF Recommendation 3.1).
  • The University has created an updated Diversity Statement that appears on the U of T Careers site and in all job ads, as well as a Welcoming Statement. This messaging strongly encourages applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities (ABRTF Recommendation B.6).
Ketty Anyeko

U of T researcher explores reparations for forgotten victims of Uganda’s war

October 31, 2023

Ketty Anyeko is dedicating her scholarly efforts to supporting post-conflict resolution and pursuing justice for victims, examining how children born of wartime sexual violence view the legal prosecutions of their fathers – often former rebel commanders – for sexual- and gender-based crimes. Her research is supported by U of T’s Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program, which provides funding to hire postdoctoral researchers from underrepresented groups.

Shahana Arain

FIFSW welcomes a new Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

October 12, 2023

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is thrilled to welcome Shahana Arain, our inaugural Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Shahana Arain is an educator with 18 years of experience in various roles, including Principal with the Durham District School Board, curriculum writer with both Durham and York District School Boards, and Provincial Facilitator of Anti Oppressive Practices for senior leaders.

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.

Ann Lopez and Njoki Wane

The Centre for Black Excellence in Education launches at OISE

June 19, 2023

On June 9, the Centre for Black Studies in Education (CBSE) at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) officially launched. The CBSE exists to address anti-blackness and inequities in Canadian life. The centre is also designed, among many crucial priorities, to foster, strengthen, and value the Black studies research and pedagogical practices in education and serve as a safe, accessible, and inclusive space for of University of Toronto professors and students – offering space for critical dialogue surrounding issues of race, racism, African Indigeneity, decolonization, and more. 

Notisha Massaquoi

With support of Connaught award, U of T researchers to tackle health disparities in Black communities

March 14, 2023

A new research project supported by the University of Toronto’s Connaught Fund and developed in collaboration with the Black Research Network (BRN) will bring together experts from across the university to address Canada’s racial health gap. The project, which will receive $250,000 through the inaugural Connaught Major Research Challenge for Black Researchers, will support Black health equity research across U of T’s three campuses.

SEE UTM graduates take a photo with their certificates

Dismantling barriers: High school students experience U of T Mississauga via program for Black youth

January 24, 2023

Developed with the Peel District School Board and piloted this past fall, the Support, Engage, Experience University of Toronto Mississauga innovative program allowed students in Grade 11 and 12 to earn a university half credit and two Ontario Secondary School Diploma credits, have a co-op experience, and be mentored by a senior U of T undergraduate student while simultaneously completing their high school semester.

Jaris Swidrovich and Lachmi Singh

New roles at Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy set to advance EDI goals across the Faculty

January 12, 2023

The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is pleased to announce two new roles that will focus on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and help advance efforts in these important areas. Lachmi Singh has taken on the new role of Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (DEDI) and Jaris Swidrovich has accepted the newly created role of Indigenous Engagement Lead (IEL).