The University of Toronto has expressed its support for a new federal government initiative that aims to bolster efforts by higher education institutions across Canada to increase equity, diversity and inclusion on their campuses.
The initiative, called Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Canada, was announced Thursday by Kirsty Duncan, the federal minister of science and sport. It seeks to address systemic barriers faced by under-represented groups, including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous Peoples, members of racialized groups, people with disabilities and members of LGBTQ+ communities.
The federal government also announced a Dimensions charter outlining equity, diversity and inclusion principles that’s open to all post-secondary institutions. U of T has already endorsed the charter’s eight principles, which include an acknowledgement that institutions thrive when equity and inclusivity are embraced, and states that “specific, measurable and sustainable actions are needed to counter systemic barriers, explicit and unconscious biases, and inequities.”
“The University of Toronto is highly engaged in initiatives that advance equity and inclusion among staff, faculty and students, recognizing that embracing diversity enhances the quality of learning and research, as well as campus life,” said Vivek Goel, U of T’s vice-president of research and innovation.
(Written by Romi Levine)