To advance the commitment of the University of Toronto to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, the University established an institutional table to identify and address islamophobia impacting the university community. Years later, this institutional table has now evolved into the Anti-Islamophobia Working Group (AIWG). The purpose of the AIWG is to provide strategic recommendations on an ongoing basis to the University on initiatives that address systemic and attitudinal barriers and advances institutional spaces that foster a sense of community and belonging for the diverse communities of Muslim students, staff, faculty and librarians.
Purpose / Role of Anti-Islamophobia Working Group
- Make recommendations and/or provide key information and materials to the VP portfolios of Human Resources & Equity, and various Vice-Provostial portfolios, where relevant.
- Represent the diverse interests of the diverse Muslim communities within the U of T community in discussions with University leadership
- Gather input from and serve as a liaison with relevant constituents – students, staff, faculty and librarians.
- Provide an independent sounding board for the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office and the Multi-Faith Centre in determining relevant actions and activities for the Faith and Antiracism Intersectional Framework.
Members of the Anti-Islamophobia Working Group will provide consultations and/or recommendations on the following areas:
- Emerging trends and issues affecting diverse Muslim students, staff, faculty and librarians as communicated by members’ constituencies
- Varying considerations and perspectives on key matters of debate affecting the diverse communities of Muslim students, staff, faculty and librarians in discussions with University leadership
- Education forums to advance dialogue and learning
- The work and learning environment, curricula and pedagogy, research initiatives, student success and engagement, and other key topics at U of T
- Initiatives and programs to increase supports and resources available to diverse Muslim students, staff, faculty and librarians