March 21st is the
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
“Learning from Historical Tragedies to Combat Racial Discrimination Today”
U of T observes International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 16, 2015
On March 21st, the University of Toronto joins with the world community in observing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) and emphasizing the need for continued work to combat racial discrimination and racism, in all its forms.
In keeping with the United Nations theme to mark this 49th Anniversary of IDERD, this year’s Campaign is entitled, “Learning from Historical Tragedies to Combat Racial Discrimination Today.”
In addition to profiling the recipients of the 2015 IDERD Recognition Award, the Campaign will also introduce, “I am U of T”, a short video, produced by the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) work-study students, that centres the voices of U of T students as they discuss being racialized and the ways in which they are claiming space at the University.
As we take note of this year’s theme, it is an opportunity to reflect on how we are using the lessons from history to increase our understanding of the linkages between the roots of racism and its pervasiveness today. It is how we can better inform the strategies and measures that are necessary for its eradication and to embed antiracism.
I am delighted to congratulate this year’s IDERD recipients for their leadership and the exemplary ways in which they are incorporating antiracism in their everyday work and practices. Their support of the University’s values and goals help us to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive U of T community.”
Angela Hildyard, Vice President, Human Resources & Equity.
Join us on Thursday, March 19th for the Official Ceremony to mark IDERD 2015 where we will honour the 2015 Award Recipients. The ceremony will feature guest speaker George Elliott Clarke, poet, playwright, literary critic and the inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto.
Screening of the video, “I Am U of T” will follow the Award presentation
Established in 1966 by the United Nations, and observed annually every March 21st, IDERD commemorates the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 when police opened fire killing 69 and injuring 180 peaceful anti-apartheid demonstrators in the South African township of Sharpeville. The UN proclamation called on the world community to increase their efforts to eliminate 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, teaching and learning environment. This is noted in the University's Statement of Principle which states that, "(a)n inclusive and equitable environment creates the conditions for our diverse employees and students to maximize their creativity and their contribution and thereby, supporting excellence in all dimensions of the institution." (Statement of Principle, 2006)
The 2015 U of T IDERD Award Ceremony
Thursday, March 19th
12:45 pm - 2 pm
Medical Sciences Building,
1 King’s College Circle, Toronto
St. George Campus
The 2015 University of Toronto IDERD Campaign