Welcome to all new and returning students to what promises to be another fruitful academic year! At U of T we’re lucky enough to host students, staff, and faculty from all walks of life; each who contribute vastly to the University community through sharing their unique lived experiences, inside and outside of the classroom.
The University of Toronto is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination that is condusive to its mandate as a leading institution of post-secondary education and an employer of choice. The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office serves faculty, staff and students in various ways to help facilitate a supportive environment within which to live, learn and work. To request assistance from the Office, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May is Asian Heritage Month!
“[Asian Heritage Month] acknowledges the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. It also provides an opportunity for Canadians across the country to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage to the growth and prosperity of Canada.” – Citizenship and Immigration Canada
The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office shares in this national opportunity to celebrate the historical and present day contributions of Asian Canadians. We would like to recognize, in particular, the strengths and perseverance exhibited by Asian Canadian communities in working to challenge countless social and political barriers to equity, specifically in the pursuit of anti-racism change.
"I AM U of T"
A short video produced by the work-study students of the University of Toronto's Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO), highlighting the voices of U of T students as they discuss being racialized and how they are claiming space at the University.
Learning from Historical Tragedies to Combat Racial Discrimination Today
Liza Arnason advances anti-racism by…
promoting cultural development, challenging oppression, celebrating diversity as strength, and creating opportunities for marginalized students. Liza is a mentor, advocate, and fierce asset to the University community
- Liza Arnason, Director, Department of Student Life, University of Toronto Scarborough
La Toya Dennie advances anti-racism by…
identifying systemic barriers and being relentless in her pursuit for change. La Toya is pushing boundaries to increase cultural diversity at U of T, create opportunities for learning, prevent racial discrimination, and promote inclusivity.
- La Toya Dennie, Outreach Coordinator, Office of Health Professions, Student Affairs Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto
Susan Lee advances anti-racism by…
examining identity, empowering students to address racial oppression, and advancing advocacy and programming around the intersections of race, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, and religion.
-Susan Lee, Assistant Manager, Co-Curricular Diversity and Equity, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto
Kathy Vi Mac advances anti-racism by…
generating empowering spaces where students can speak openly about complex experiences of race, culture, sexuality and gender. Kathy seeks to help marginalized students build community by bridging diverse spaces in constructive ways.
- Kathy Vi Mac, Student, MA Candidate, Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Student-Staff, Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, University of Toronto