Frequently Asked Questions – The University of Toronto IDERD Recognition Award

  1. Who can be nominated for the IDERD Recognition Award?
    Nominees must be a current U of T student, staff or faculty member.

  2. Who is eligible to submit nominations for the Award?
    Current students, staff and faculty can self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague, supervisor, alumnus or anyone else.

  3. Can I nominate an individual without their knowledge and consent?
    No. Nominees must be aware that they are being nominated and provide their consent, accordingly.

  4. When are nominations accepted?
    The Call for Nomination for the annual U of T IDERD Recognition Awards runs from December of the previous year to mid-January of the following year and nominations are accepted during that period.

  5. What types of projects, activities or initiatives are eligible for nomination?
    Projects, activities or initiatives that are eligible for the IDERD Recognition Award must, among other criteria:
    • Demonstrate an explicit focus on addressing barriers to racial equity and advancing antiracism, whether as a first time endeavour in antiracism practice or as an advanced initiative.
    • Feature antiracism as the primary focus of the initiative or as a demonstrable component in a broader initiative.
    • Demonstrate an on-going commitment to antiracism practice/change within the U of T community and/or in contribution to the U of T’s profile in the broader community.
    Please refer to the Call for Nomination Guidelines on the ARCDO website for the complete description of the selection criteria.
  1. If I submit a letter of support, do I still need to complete an application form?

    The application form is to be completed by the nominator. If the nominator happens to be the supervisor of the nominee then no letter of support is required by the supervisor however a letter of support is still required from two other individuals. Applications can be submitted by email, mail or dropped off in person at the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, 215 Huron Street, Toronto, 6th Floor, Suite 603B.

  2. Can I apply more than once for the Award, if I was unsuccessful in previous nomination rounds?
    Yes. However, you will need to reapply as we do not carry applications forward to the next year.

  3. Can more than one individual nominate me?
    Yes. There is no limit on the number of persons that can nominate a single nominee.

  4. Can I nominate more than one individual?
    Yes, you may nominate up to two (2) individuals/groups for an IDERD Recognition Award.

  5. How will I know that my nomination has been received?
    Nominations that have been successfully submitted will receive a confirmation notice within seven (7) days of receipt. If you are unsure or do not receive a confirmation notice, please contact Saimah Baig, Interim Program Coordinator at or call (416) 978-1259.

  6. Who reviews the application?
    The applications are reviewed by a selection committee drawn from the ARCDO Advisory Committee. The selection committee comprises students, faculty, employees and the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Officer and Program Coordinator.

  7. When and how are the Award recipients announced?
    Recipients are, typically, announced during the first week of March by phone and email. Once recipients have been notified, the nominators are notified and the public announcement is posted on the ARCDO website and through various media vehicles across the U of T community.

  8. Will I be notified about the outcome of my nomination?
    Yes. All nominees will be notified by email about the outcome of their nominations.

  9. Who can I contact if I have more questions?
    You may contact the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office at the following email address: