Historical Studies Equity Resources


Exterior of Maanjiwe nendamowinan building on the UTM campus, in the summer season

For a summary of departmental statements, committees, equity-based syllabi and additional EDI initiatives, please see below:

Departmental Statements

Statement of Condolence and Commitment to Action

We in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga, situated on the territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit, offer our condolences to Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. We mourn the deaths of the children being found on the grounds of former Indian Residential Schools, and all the deaths and sufferings caused by the residential school system. We acknowledge the genocidal policies and actions of the Canadian state; the historic and ongoing harms of settler colonialism to lands and those who dwell on them; and the complicity of academics in building and maintaining systems of oppression [...] Read more »


Statement on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion in Action

The Department commits to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion using an intersectional approach to race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, gender, sexuality, disability, economic status, national origin, and geography. This commitment extends to hiring, workload assignment, evaluation, promotion, awards recognition, research funding, curriculum development, and teaching. We not only commit to recruiting and hiring faculty and staff from diverse and historically oppressed groups, but also to reducing precarity and providing the necessary resources, mentorship, and supports to facilitate the advancement of the scholarly careers of these members of our community.  

[...] Read the full statement on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion in Action »


Historical Studies formed a faculty committee in September 2020, and the committee is currently working on a departmental statement, in addition to the statement noted above.

The committee aims to encourage and support departmental complement planning that prioritizes intersectional, equity-informed hiring, including actively seeking opportunities to hire Black, Indigenous, and racialized faculty through targeted hires.

Equity-Based Syllabi

Historical Studies' Fall 2022 Syllabus Guidelines memo provides detailed guidance to instructors, with specific reference to equity-based inclusions in course syllabi.

Additional EDI Initiatives

  • Historical Studies held an internal TIDE workshop for Faculty and Staff in December 2021. 
  • The Anti-Racism and Equity Committee is working to establish a monthly informal forum that will involve discussions around Anti-Racism and Equity.
    • This includes reading groups and facilitated conversations led by speakers, from within the Historical Studies faculty and beyond, on topics ranging from policing on campus to decolonial pedagogy.
    • This monthly forum is still in the planning stages.

Last updated February, 2023

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