Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Resources


The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Unit at the School of Information provides equity, diversity and inclusion related supports and services for all stakeholders in the Faculty, which includes students, staff, and faculty members. This unit, in collaboration with stakeholders, internal and external to the Faculty, aims to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community where all members feel welcomed and have a sense of belonging.


We are committed to unlearning the norms, behaviours and attitudes that underpin and perpetuate systemic racism and to learning new ways to move forward as we renew our efforts to create a supportive and inclusive community that values, recognizes and promotes the unique voices of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) community. As an educational institution, we recognize that  we must continue to create space for, promote and engage in this ongoing dialogue, which will, in turn, lead to meaningful and impactful change. This specific site has been designed to highlight resources and information about services and events on campus. If you have a Faculty or U of T event or service that you would like included here, please email inquire.ischool@utoronto.ca

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Announcements

Martina Douglas named EDI Director at Faculty of Information

EDI Director role and responsibilities  

  • Develop and deliver diversity, equity and inclusion programs and services  
  • Works with staff, students and faculty 
  • Reports to the Dean 
  • Service is confidential 

Key areas of service include but are not limited to: 

  • Training and education opportunities 
  • Community outreach and engagement 
  • Systemic change initiatives 
  • Provides confidential EDI advice and consultations on events, programming, classroom, and workplace dynamics, including advising the Dean 
  • Complaint’s resolution assistance related to discrimination or harassment

Resources

Mental Health and Personal Safety Resources

For students that are feeling distressed at this time, please know you can access a counsellor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through:

Financial Resources

Student Resources (Internal)

BIPOC Student Resources (External)

Faculty/Staff Resources


Upcoming Deadlines

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Events & Opportunities

Parenting BIPOC Children in Today’s Climate – Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

With the recent unfortunate events in the media we understand that many BIPOC children and their parents may be feeling overwhelmed and parents may need some guidance on how to have these difficult discussions with their children.

Join us as we discuss different techniques and strategies parents can engage in to discuss current events and overall conversations about the reality of discrimination with their children.

Facilitators:

Michael White – Director, First Nations House Indigenous Student Service

Martina Douglas – Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Faculty of Information

Yasin Dwyer – Chaplain, University of Toronto

Registration required. Current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Register for workshop

Click here to see past events

Two-Spirit and LGBTQ2S+ Indigenous Resources
Celebrate the Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ communities with University of Toronto Libraries by learning more about Indigenous understandings of gender and sexual identities. Watch the video
BIPOC Mental Health Resources
One of the best ways we can be anti-racist is by caring for ourselves, mentally and physically. As Audre Lorde put it:

 

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

These guides do a great job of addressing this key issue:

  • The Summit Wellness Group – Written and curated by women of color, this guide features 61 mental health and substance use resources for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community.
  • Detox Local – An extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for the AAPI (American Asian and Pacific Islander) community.
  • Basis Medical – 18 Chiropractic Wellness Resources for the BIPOC Community
Anti-Asian racism reading and resources list
This initial list is a collaboration between the UTSC Library, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office and International Student Centre in support of the UTSC Asian community.

 

Anti-Asian racism reading and resources list

Please visit this link for additional student resources from the UTSC Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office and the International Student Centre.

Introducing BLISTS: Black and Latinx Information Science and
Technology Society 
“Empowering Black and Latinx students to pursue successful careers in Information Science and Technology” 

 

BLISTS was founded in 1992 by a small group of students at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. Over the years, they have grown and developed into one of the strongest and most recognized student group on campus. Given the ambitious group of students they are, they hope to become a national organization for students in the information field.  If you would like to start a BLISTS chapter, please contact Daniel Scott and Danielle Nimako, the President and Vice-President of the Black and Latinx Information Science and Technology Society (BLISTS).

For an overview of the organization and its activities, open this attached document.

Anti-black racism reading list 
This is a selection, not an exhaustive list, of resources available across the University of Toronto Library system on the topics of anti-Black racism and violence in Canada, Black resistance, race and health equity, and educating against anti-Black racism.

 

Anti-Black Racism Reading List

ARCDO: The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office
The ARCDO hosts a number of events, trainings, workshops, and can provide support to individuals with reporting incidents. Visit their site for a full list of initiatives.
Various events by Centre of Ethics (UofT)
Upcoming events organized through the Centre of Ethics
MISC & MUSSA working groups on DEI
Our student councils are doing great work around diversity, equity and inclusion. If you would like to participate:

 

Talks within UofT on the issue of anti-Black racism
Prof. Rhonda McEwen has shared two recent talks with members of the U of T community on the issue of anti-Black racism in general and more specifically at U of T. Excellent perspectives that speak to the context of racism in Canada, what U of T looks like within that, and how to do the work to right this. Lisa Robinson, from the Faculty of Medicine, spearheaded the efforts. Maydianne Andrade has been at the helm of TIDE and the unconscious bias program at U of T.

 

Access & Inclusion Peer Programs (AIPP) weekly drop-in

The AIPP offer underrepresented students the opportunity to book an appointment with a mentor navigator. This group of caring, upper-year students have unique experiences and can help diverse students find support and community on campus. They also provide academic, leadership, career and social programming.

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