We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land. 


Save the Date! IDERD 2018

Save the Date

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2018

Anti-Racism Change in Postsecondary Institutions: Resistance, Assessment, Measurement, and Accountability

March 19th and 20th 2018

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) in collaboration with its partners will host the 2018 IDERD Conference, March 19 – 20, 2018. Building on the inaugural conference that was held in 2017, this year’s Conference will convene over two days at Hart House on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. The Conference will address the theme, “Anti-Racism Change in Postsecondary Institutions: Resistance, Assessment, Measurement, and Accountability.

Call for Abstracts for IDERD Conference

We invite abstracts for papers, workshops, video and poetry performances, and other artistic forms of activism that address the above goals and themes, which will be selected for presentation at a workshop or poster session. We are particularly open to dialogic forms of presenting information and inviting discussion and exchange of ideas.
Deadline: All abstracts are due February 17, 2018.

Download Application Submission Form Here

The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office will be profiling a prominent Black Canadian every week for Black History Month. This is the first in our series!

Sarah Jama

Sarah Jama is a community organizer and civic leader in the Hamilton area. A recent McMaster University graduate, Sarah now works as an outreach coordinator to support the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion as well as in the office of Councillor Matthew Green’s, the first Black councillor in Hamilton. She has organized a number of events around the themes of anti-oppression, including Rise up: Rally against Police Brutality. In the past, Sarah has served as the Ontario Director of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students. She also founded MacAccess at McMaster University, a peer based and run service for disabled students.

Sarah’s areas of advocacy include disability justice, anti-racism, and anti-Islamophobia. She was named by the CBC as one of Hamilton’s top five most interesting individuals in 2016 for her community organizing work. She is also a recipient of the John C. Holland Evelyn Myrie Political Action Award.

Yasin Dwyer

Yasin Dwyer is a chaplain with the Muslim Chaplaincy of Toronto and is based out of Ryerson University. Born in Winnipeg to parents of Jamaican descent, Yasin has a lot of experience working as a chaplain—previously working as a consultant and advisor to Queen›s University’s multi-faith chaplaincy team and with Correctional Services Canada. After his curiosity of African culture and religions sparked his interest in Islam, Yasin converted in his 20s and studied Islam abroad in Morocco. He then began volunteering at local prisons and eventually became the first full-time Muslim Chaplain to work with Correctional Services Canada. For 12 years he served over 400 Muslim inmates at 11 federal jails in Ontario where he also counselled many non-Muslims. Due to disolved funding of prison chaplaincy under the Harper government he resigned and started working at Ryerson University as a chaplain in February 2017. Yasin’s work revolves around counselling, mentorship, teaching and advocacy by providing spiritual guidance, education and moral support to handle university life. He has lectured extensively on topics of spirituality, mental health, art, Black-Canadian culture, interfaith dialogue and the history of Muslims in the West.

Yasin was awarded the Youth Engagement Award at MuslimFest 2017 as part of the Dawanet Awards of Excellence program. He’s currently a board member of the Montreal based Silk Road Institute, which is dedicated to expressing Muslim narratives through artistic mediums. He was also a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre and a consultant for the CBC political drama “Shoot The Messenger.”

What’s Anti-Racism Good for Now?

Nana Frimpong

Nana Frimpong advances anti-racism…
by raising awareness in racialized and Indigenous communities in an effort to create equitable and anti-oppressive spaces for all students
- Nana Frimpong, Undergraduate Student Coordinator, Racialized Student Collective Volunteer & Research Assistant, Equity & Diversity Office University of Toronto Scarborough

Learn more about Nana Frimpong

Dawn Maracle

Dawn Maracle advances anti-racism…
by creating representative diversity / visual culture throughout U of T, so that Indigenous and other underrepresented students can see themselves reflected back in the spaces on our campuses.
- Dawn Maracle, Program Coordinator, Office of Indigenous Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Learn more about Dawn Maracle

Kimberley Tull

Kimberley Tull advances anti-racism…
by raising awareness and understanding about the barriers of access to post-secondary institutions and helping to bring attention to racial dynamics and inequities that can manifest in community partnerships with the University.
-Kimberley Tull

Learn more about Kimberley Tull