Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Resources
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Biology Committee
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee has been established on July 1, 2020, and is a standing committee in the Department of Biology at University of Toronto Mississauga. Faculty, staff and student representatives serve on the EDI Committee which acts as an advisory body to the Chair of the Department and to the Biology Executive Committee, providing insight, advice and making recommendations on implementing measures to achieve the goals of increased equity, diversity and inclusion and upholding these values in the pursuit of our academic mission.
Equity-Based Syllabi Statement
"The University of Toronto is committed to equity, human rights and respect for diversity. All members of the learning environment in this course should strive to create an atmosphere of mutual respect where all members of our community can express themselves, engage with each other, and respect one another's differences. U of T does not condone discrimination or harassment against any persons or communities."
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns you may contact the UTM Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office.
Recruitment Diversity Statement
The Department of Biology is committed to diversity in the faculty complement. Excellence flourishes in an environment that embraces the broadest range of people. We recognize that EDI is a complex and ongoing endeavor. In addition to traditional search methods, the department employs a proactive faculty recruitment strategy based on social networking, tapping into the opportunities offered by professional connections that our faculty have with leading academic peers in North America and around the world.
To strengthen the diversity of our faculty complement, the Department will focus on attracting excellent faculty from the following underrepresented groups: racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
If you are in crisis, there is help and one place to start is: The 24/7 Peel Crisis support line: 905-278-9036
The link below to the Sexual Violence and Prevention and Support Centre also has a number of helplines to find support including helplines including: Trans Life Line (877-330-6366), LGBT Youthline (800-268-9688), Hope 24/7: Sexual Assault Centre of Peel (800-810-0180), Info & Referral Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Violence (866-887-0015), First Nations, Inuit and Metis Hope and Wellness Line (855-242-3310) and many others. https://www.svpscentre.utoronto.ca/resources/24-7-emergency-or-crises-support/
Within the University
UTM’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office (https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/edio/home) they have a number of resources available including workshops and training initiatives, they host events, and they can assist with conflict resolution and complaints related to discrimination
They can be reached at: 905-569-4916 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UTM Indigenous Centre: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/indigenous-centre/
Sexual and Gender Diversity Office: https://sgdo.utoronto.ca/
This office can help with issues like a need to change your name for email and other U of T identifications: https://sgdo.utoronto.ca/resource-category/identification/
Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre: https://www.svpscentre.utoronto.ca/
The centre offers support on a number of levels including helping you decide what steps to take next and helping you navigate those steps including medical support, counseling, accommodations, and legal aid.
The Graduate Student Union and CUPE 3902 also have resources that students can access
University of Toronto Graduate Student’s Union (UTGSU) Main Page: https://utgsu.ca/ This also includes information about funding and insurance which may be helpful.
If you are uncomfortable bringing your issue to a member of the Biology Department, you can also contact the UTGSU for confidential advice and advocacy services.
UTGSU Advocacy Information (incl. contacts): https://utgsu.ca/services-2/advocacy/
They can also help connect you to mental health supports.
UTGSU Mental Health Support: https://utgsu.ca/services-2/mental-health-support/
Specific resources for TAs can be found with CUPE 3902 https://www.cupe3902.org/resources/
CUPE Funding provided to assist members of the union including:
Trans Fund: https://www.cupe3902.org/unit-1/benefits/tf/
Sexual Assault Survivor Support Fund: https://www.cupe3902.org/unit-1/benefits/sf/
Black and Indigenous Racism Fund: https://www.cupe3902.org/unit-1/benefits/biwf/
Resources for taking care of yourself
Health and wellness resources available through UTM: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/health/
For students who are face challenges related to their disabilities or who have faced discrimination related to their abilities or who may need modifications to classes or other aspects of their study and research Accessibility services is a place to start: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/accessibility/welcome-accessibility-services
Particularly important for students dealing with bias may be mental health services to handle the stress of those experiences. UTSGU and Sexual Violence and Prevention Centre can help you find resources (links above) and UTM also offers links to a number of resources including personal counselling: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/health/our-services/personal-counselling
Statement on Racism (June 2020)
The faculty of the UTM Biology Department joins with protestors across Canada, in the United States and around the world to condemn racism. We cannot remain silent while watching the abuse and killing of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and so many others in the USA, Canada and elsewhere. We cannot ignore the systemic bias revealed by the pattern of death brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic that discriminates against communities underserved by health care systems. We cannot pretend that these things are new. Racially motivated killing and systemic biases are not new, and the research and higher education community is not without its role in all of this.
Statement of the Biology Graduate Student Society (June 2020)
To our community,
In light of recent events, we at BGSS wish to make clear that we stand in solidarity with the protests against systemic anti-Black racism and police brutality. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, Breonna Taylor and more all come at the head of a long, revolting history of unjust policing and systemic injustice against Black people in North America and abroad. We stand explicitly and unconditionally with our Black student body here at UTM, the country, and abroad.
Acknowledgment of Traditional Land
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 the Mississaugas of the Credit. 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.