EDI in a Global Context

Offering compassion and care for our community in difficult times

At the University of Toronto, we understand how current and global affairs, including ongoing conflicts, natural disasters, as well as discrimination in Canada and abroad, may have profound impacts on members of our community. We recognize that as people navigate their work and learning environments during times of global strife and crisis, they may require very different types of programs, services, supports, and resources.

To support the community and to sustain the principles of inclusion and belonging, the Institutional Equity Office (IEO) will bring together engagement and education opportunities and available resources from across U of T. We encourage you to explore them below. 

Community Check-Ins

The past few months have been a difficult time for the University community, particularly for those with close connections to Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, and the broader Middle East. Many — including Arabs, Israelis, Jews, Muslims, Palestinians, and allies of these communities — are experiencing pain and anguish at what is unfolding overseas. At the same time, many have shared experiences of antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Palestinian racism.

The Institutional Equity Office is setting up community check-ins to:

  • Better understand the challenges communities are currently facing;
  • Design, develop, and provide more culturally responsive supports and resources;
  • Collect preliminary feedback on the early stages of a Faith and Anti-Racism Framework.

Whatever you are experiencing, we want to hear from you.

Community Supports During Protests

In light of recent disruptions and protests on campus, as well as ongoing escalations in Gaza, Israel, the West Bank, and the broader Middle East, the Institutional Equity Office, in collaboration with community partners across the tri-campus, has coordinated and compiled some programs and resources to support U of T community members. 

This page will be updated as existing resources are enhanced and new ones are established. 

Additional supports will be updated as they become available. 

Institutional Resources

Geopolitical and humanitarian crises around the world impact the lives of students, faculty, librarians, and staff at U of T. Provided below are some institutional resources available to the U of T community for ongoing support, consultations, and education.

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Institutional Equity Office (IEO)

The IEO is responsible for initiatives that engage race, religion and ethnicity, Indigeneity and reconciliation, sexual and gender identities, disability and universal design. This includes community consultations, complaints resolution support, and accountability on the implementation of U of T’s Institutional Equity Commitments.

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Tri-Campus Equity Offices

Our tri-campus Equity Offices, including the EDIO at UTM and UTSC, provide advice and guidance; complaints resolution support; and year-round educational programming. This includes workshops addressing antisemitism and Islamophobia provided through the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office.

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Centre for International Experience (CIE)

The CIE offers a range of programs and services to support international students, as well as global learning opportunities for all students.

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Complaints Resolution Supports

Support is available to assist students, faculty, librarians, and staff in reporting discrimination or harassment and finding a resolution.

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Mental Health Supports

Students can access mental health programs, tools, and counselling services through U of T’s Student Mental Health Resource hub. Faculty, librarians, staff, and their families have access to mental health support through the Employee & Family Assistance Program.

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Responding to the Impact of World Events

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Students provides a list of resources for students who need support in response to a world event.

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Dates of Recognition, Observance & Celebration

Learn about annual dates of local, national, and international significance, as well as the traditions celebrated by many in our community.

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Multi-Faith Centre (MFC)

The MFC supports the spiritual well-being of students on the St. George campus and provides opportunities for students to learn from each other while exploring questions of meaning, purpose and identity.

UTogether

Connect to additional community resources available to students, faculty members, staff, and librarians.

Supports for prospective students affected by geopolitical and humanitarian crises

The School of Graduate Studies has an FAQ for non-U of T students currently enrolled in graduate studies abroad who are considering coming to U of T.

Scholars at Risk Programs

Undergraduate and graduate students whose current or proposed program of study has been impacted by changing political environments in their country of current or future study, including changes in immigration law, can apply for SAR funding from anywhere in the world.

U of T International

The Office of the Vice-President, International works to deepen U of T’s global impact and to engage in meaningful reciprocal partnerships around the world.

Community Safety Office (CSO)

The CSO offers support and assistance to U of T community members who have experienced personal safety concerns.

Family Care Office (FCO)

The FCO provides confidential guidance, resources, referrals, educational programming, and advocacy for U of T community members and their families.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre (SVPSC)

The SVPSC has locations on each campus to help students, staff, and faculty who have been affected by sexual violence or sexual harassment access support, services and accommodations.