The ARCDO would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2016! And to the whole of the U of T community,
we hope that you have an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather with friends and family.



University of Toronto Statement on the events in Orlando

The University of Toronto community has reacted with horror and grief at the news … Read the University of Toronto statement

Meeting Notice: Connections & Conversations – an affinity group for racialized staff at the University of Toronto

Book the date for the next meeting of the St. George Local Chapter and the Mississauga Campus Local Chapter! ! Meeting details are as follows:

St. George Local Chapter Meeting:
Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Music Room (2nd floor), Hart House (7 Hart House Circle)

University of Toronto Mississauga Campus (UTM)
When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: KN2213 in the Innovation Complex

RSVP by noon on June 21 to

Bring your lunch and your ideas!

National Aboriginal History Month and National Aboriginal Day

The month of June is National Aboriginal History Month and June 21st is National Aboriginal Day. The National Assembly of First Nations calls June “a month of advocacy, awareness and action” and reminds us that “we are all Treaty people”. The ARCDO would like to encourage all members of the U of T community to participate in some of Indigenous events taking place across the city.

Traditional Outdoor Pow Wow 

The Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow is held to recognize National Aboriginal History Month. The event features traditional dancing, drumming, feast, giveaways, kids’ area, and craft vendors. More than one hundred traditional dancers are expected to participate. The day begins with a sunrise ceremony and the Grand Entry takes place at 12 noon.

Read more in our June newsletter!

Traditional Outdoor Pow Wow Poster - June 18

U2016 Pride Pubof T Pride Pub – SWEET 16!

You’re invited to start your Pride surrounded by friends and colleagues in the beautiful outdoor Hart House Quad. The 2016 edition of Pride Pub marks the 16th anniversary of the event! Join us early for some drinks, a delicious outdoor BBQ & Community Fair or wait ’til the stars come out and dance all night long with our fabulous DJs and performers


Other events and news

Values of Diversity, Inclusion, Respect and Civility

See the recent Statement by President Meric Gertler and Provost Cheryl Regehr reiterating the University’s fundamental values of diversity, inclusion, respect and civility. The Statement is posted at the following link:

Connections and Conversations Moves Ahead to Establish Local Chapters

Over 85 staff members across all three U of T campuses attended the planning meetings to establish local chapters of Connections and Conversations, the affinity group for racialized staff. 

The Connections and Conversations Steering Committee was very pleased with the attendance on each of the three campuses and felt that staff response signalled that the formation of Connections and Conversations resonated for many staff.

Read more in our June newsletter!

History, Legacy, and Reconcilitation:
Indigenous Education and the Role of the University of Toronto

Rochelle Allan

Rochelle Allan advances anti-racism…
by improving the discourse on Indigenous Health within the Undergraduate Medical Education program at U of T. Her work has enhanced supports for Indigenous students within Undergraduate Medical Education, and has helped to increase curriculum options around Indigenous health.
- Rochelle Allan, Indigenous Peoples’ UME Program Coordinator, Office of Indigenous Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Learn more about Rochelle Allan

Law in Action Within Schools

Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) advances anti-racism…
by impacting the lives of over 1000, predominantly racialized, students in the GTA by providing access to the legal profession. Through mentoring, job shadowing and summer jobs with lawyers, judges and justices of the peace the LAWS program provides a range of opportunities for these students.
- Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS), Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Learn more about Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS)

2015 Racial Justice Matters Organizing Committee

The 2015 Racial Justice Matters Conference Organizing Committee advances anti-racism…
by sparking thought-provoking conversations about how we as a public health community can begin to address racial health inequities as service providers, researchers and advocates.
-2015 Racial Justice Matters Organizing Committee at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Pictured Conference Co-Chairs: Top left to right: Navita Singh, Eden Hagos
Bottom left to right: Meena Bhardwaj, Anjum Sultana

Learn more about the 2015 Racial Justice Matters Organizing Committee

Audrey Rochette

Audrey Rochette advances anti-racism…
by working with the Native Students Association on a petition and awareness raising campaign to get a mandatory Indigenous studies course for all students. Audrey has travelled to several First Nations communities and impact their youth directly through outreach and the arts.
- Audrey Rochette, Program Assistant, Woodsworth College Academic Bridging Mentorship Program, University of Toronto

Learn more about Audrey Rochette

Dhanela Sivaparan

Dhanela Sivaparan advances anti-racism…
by increasing the access and participation of Indigenous graduate students for the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) program. Dhanela has further promoted social justice through her proactive roles with U of T’s Native Students’ Association, UME Office of Indigenous Medical Education and U of T’s Council of Aboriginal Initiatives.
- Dhanela Sivaparan, Graduate Student, Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Coordinator, Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives, University of Toronto

Learn more about Dhanela Sivaparan