Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at The University of Toronto
The University has a longstanding and fundamental commitment to promoting EDI and emphasizes a working and learning environment for everyone. We recognize that a diverse campus and a culture of inclusive excellence is an essential part in the foundation of our institution. From creating pathways for under-represented students, and offering anti-racism and bias training for the U of T community, and advancing EDI as a shared responsibility is an ongoing process. Our equity offices support staff, faculty, librarians and students with consultation services, resolution of concerns, as well as training and education. The offices support the campus community in the advancement of equity from dialogue to action. We strive to embed equity into all our practices and processes.
The IEO and Indigenous Initiatives teams provide opportunities for learning and capacity-building on inclusive Indigenous competencies, anti-racism and EDI principles, and tools and strategies to advance and strengthen the efforts for institutional change.
The University of Toronto has specialized Equity Offices that are unique to our institution. Together, we advance the University’s commitment to equity and excellence and meet the complex needs of our tri-campus community. These Offices support the U of T community by engaging in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) education and initiatives while implementing change to build capacity and knowledge. When members of our community seek support, we encourage connecting with our subject matter experts for guidance and advice. For assistance with understanding relevant policy, learning what supports are available and discussing specific situations, please send an email to the relevant Equity Office(s).
The University of Toronto reports annually on our work to track our divisional and institutional landscape. This allows us, and the wider University community, to identify our impactful progress and address areas for improvement. Our strategic approach to people strategy, equity and culture seeks to engage our community, advance equity, diversity and inclusion, deliver consistent and efficient service, and leverage business intelligence for decision-making. Vice-President Kelly Hannah-Moffat presented the 2021 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report to Governing Council’s University Affairs Board on June 1, 2022. The document covers activities over a 12-month period from January to December 31, 2021. You can read this report and others, including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario Disability Act Reports, here.
The Anti-Racism Strategic Tables at the University of Toronto draw on the knowledge of students, staff and faculty in the tri-campus community to better understand and respond to the needs of campus communities experiencing racism and religious discrimination. Working Groups include: Anti-Asian Racism Working Group, Anti-Islamophobia Working Group, Antisemitism Working Group, and the Anti-Black Racism Task Force
The Institutional Equity Office offers supports for complaints resolution to concerns of harassment and discrimination based on the Ontario Human Rights Code 17 protected grounds, in accordance with the University’s Statement on Prohibited Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment. Students, staff, faculty, and librarians across the tri-campus can access the supports available. The University strives to ensure the supports provided are trauma-informed, culturally relevant, and work towards restoring environments where all parties involved can fully move forward to the greatest extent possible.