For the 16th consecutive year, the University of Toronto has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.
The competition, run by Mediacorp and published in The Globe and Mail, recognizes Canadian organizations that are creating impactful equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives within their institutions through intentional policies, community-centred action plans, and best practices. Employers are evaluated based on the successful implementation of initiatives geared towards women, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, those with lived experience of disability, and 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
“It is an honour to be named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers again this year,” says Heather Boon, Acting Vice-President, PSEC. “Our efforts to foster a culture of belonging are ongoing, and there is always more to do. I’m grateful to the faculty members, librarians, and staff who deliver and support our equity initiatives and are actively working to keep improving on the progress we have made.”
U of T recognized for anti-racism work
The University of Toronto was recognized for its anti-racism efforts, including the work of its tri-campus equity offices and the broad range of educational programming offered by the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO). ARCDO provides training and workshops for faculty members, librarians, staff, and students on a range of topics, including preventing racial discrimination and harassment, and addressing microaggressions.
The University commissioned the Antisemitism Working Group to review U of T’s programming, activities, processes, and practices and make recommendations to support its response to antisemitism. The Working Group’s Report was formally entrusted to the University in February 2022, at which time the President, Vice-President & Provost, and Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture (PSEC) accepted the recommendations in their entirety.
In the year since, faculty members, librarians, staff, and students across the University have worked to develop and launch initiatives addressing the Report recommendations. Through these efforts, the University has made progress in situating antisemitism within our broader equity work, understanding and addressing antisemitism, clearly communicating our values and policies, and respecting religious observances.
Our community also continues its work to deliver on the recommendations made in the Anti-Black Racism Task Force Report, which were accepted in their entirety by University administration in April 2021. The Anti-Black Racism Task Force was formed to address anti-Black racism and to promote Black inclusion and excellence within our tri-campus community. Its Report provided recommendations in seven systemic areas ranging from leadership and accountability to complaints and investigations processes, and outlined specific, actionable recommendations for members of our community.
Fostering a culture of belonging
The University of Toronto is continually striving to remove barriers and support our community members in fulfilling their academic, research, and employment goals. The Institutional Equity Office and its tri-campus and divisional equity partners provide resources, training, and programming that address equity issues and build awareness of the actions we can all take to create inclusive and supportive learning and working environments. Together, we can foster a community that is equitable and free of harassment and discrimination.
A full list of U of T’s equity-related supports is available on the People Strategy, Equity & Culture website.