The University of Toronto has joined nearly 50 universities and colleges across Canada in signing a historic charter pledging to fight anti-Black racism and to promote Black inclusion.
The 22-page Scarborough Charter outlines key barriers to Black inclusion and possible ways to respond. It also contains actions and accountability mechanisms for individual institutions and the higher-ed sector as a whole to deliver on promises to make structural and systemic change.
“We are tremendously proud of the role that the U of T community has played in the development of the charter alongside our colleagues across Canada,” said U of T President Meric Gertler.
“Combatting anti-Black racism and promoting Black inclusion are urgent priorities in our society. This is also a crucial component of inclusive excellence which is so fundamental to our academic community.”
The charter itself outlines four guiding principles: Black flourishing (removing structural barriers to equity, inclusion and social justice); inclusive excellence (valuing, embracing and promoting contributions from diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences); mutuality (fostering equitable relationships within communities that have reciprocal benefits); and accountability (delivering on commitments made to transform structures, policies and procedures).
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