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Call for Nominations: 2019 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Awards

I am pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Recognition Award.

What is IDERD?

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination posterThe International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) was established by the United Nations in 1966 to acknowledge the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960. It is observed every March 21st to bring the world community together to increase its efforts in the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination and racism (United Nations, Resolution 2142, XX1).

The elimination of racial discrimination and racism is an essential part of U of T’s efforts to cultivate an equitable and inclusive working and learning environment. This is noted in the University’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Excellence.

What is the U of T IDERD Recognition Award?

The IDERD Recognition Award, launched in March 2012, is a unique opportunity for the University to identify and profile the excellent work that students, staff and faculty are undertaking to advance anti-racism while contributing to the University’s commitment to create diverse, equitable and inclusive teaching, learning and working environments.

Initiatives can vary from direct work on race, racism and antiracism, to indirect work where race, racism and antiracism is specifically addressed as part of a broader focus on creating open spaces to foster racial equity, inclusivity and cultural diversity.

The work and/or project being profiled must:

  • Demonstrate an explicit focus on addressing barriers to racial equity and advancing antiracism, whether as a first time endeavour in antiracism practice or as an advanced initiative.
  • Feature antiracism as the primary focus of the initiative or as a demonstrable component in a broader initiative.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to advancing anti-racism and eliminating barriers within the University community and / or in contribution to the University’s profile in the broader community;
  • Demonstrate leadership; and,
  • Contribute to enhancing student / staff / faculty experience within the academic, co-curricular, and / or workplace contexts.

The Nomination Process:

Any student, faculty or staff member can submit nominations. Nominees can be individuals, projects, programs or activities. Nominees must be a current student, staff or faculty member at U of T in good standing.

Nominations should describe in detail the specific selection criteria addressed by the nominee/project.  Two supporting letters must be included with the nomination (one of which must be from the nominee’s current supervisor).

To submit a nomination for the IDERD Recognition Award, please visit the IDERD Award site and complete the online form.

Nomination deadline is February 22nd, 2019

Recognition is extremely important for our community and ultimately drives the success of U of T. We encourage all staff and faculty members to submit a nomination.

For more information, please visit the IDERD Award section of Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office’s website.

Should you have any questions about this program, please contact