U of T launches new Institutional Equity Commitments website

The University of Toronto community has a new website that enhances the way that we track institutional progress on addressing recommendations from our equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) working groups and task force. Launched in December 2023, the Institutional Equity Commitments website outlines the commitments U of T has made in response to recommendations from the Anti-Black Racism Task Force, Antisemitism Working Group, and Anti-Asian Racism Working Group; provides status updates on each initiative; and shares articles, photos, and resources that bring this work to life.

“The University of Toronto is committed to building on the strong foundation for change laid in the reports of our EDI working groups and task force,” said President Meric Gertler. “It is also imperative that our actions be transparent and accessible to all members of our community. We hope that the new Institutional Equity Commitments website will foster an increased awareness of what we have achieved together so far and inspire participation in the many initiatives yet to come.”

Developed through collaboration among the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-President & Provost, and the Office of the Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture, the Institutional Equity Commitments website is an evolution of a pilot project that began in 2021. The pilot version, known as the Commitments Dashboard, was created to track the implementation of Anti-Black Racism Task Force recommendations and later expanded to include Antisemitism Working Group recommendations. Over the years, there has been a growing need to enhance the existing site.

“Guided by our community’s feedback, we have designed a site that is easier to navigate and clearly demonstrates institutional accountability while celebrating our shared progress,” said Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture.

The updated website has a redesigned look and enhanced user experience, including featured stories, progress snapshots, and status updates on the recommendations. Visitors can filter the entire page by specific report. Additionally, divisions or offices responsible for reporting progress on each commitment are now identified.

“The nature of equity work is that it is an ongoing journey, characterized by continual growth and change,” said Jodie Glean-Mitchell, Executive Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. “The newly revised Institutional Equity Commitments website provides the University with a tool to put EDI accountability into action as we engage our collective responsibility to foster an equitable and inclusive university.”

Members of the U of T community are encouraged to explore the new site and consider how the working group recommendations might inform change in their own areas of the University. Feedback on the site and stories about local progress on EDI commitments are also welcome and can be submitted using the feedback form.

“We are fortunate to have a very engaged community of students, faculty, librarians and staff who make important contributions to this work, and we’re glad to have their continued input,” said Trevor Young, Vice-President & Provost. “Our ongoing goal is to better deliver and report on the institutional commitments we’ve made to equity and to improve transparency and accountability.”