English & Drama Equity Resources

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For a summary of departmental statements, committees and additional EDI intiatives, please see below:

Departmental Statements

Statement on Racism 

Recent protests shed new light on anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism in Canada and the University of Toronto. But racism has a history, and the need for collective action in response to it is not new. We acknowledge and honour the anti-racist labour of those who have fought for greater equity in our communities, and seek to build on their work. Our commitments and paths forward are inspired by the Calls to Action issued by the University of Toronto in 2017 in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

The burdens of action, grief, and anger about racial injustice have historically fallen—and continue to fall—disproportionately upon Black, Indigenous, and racialized students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Department of English and Drama (E&D) recognizes that the responsibility to address the injustice of racism is shared by all of us. We acknowledge the need to fulfill our stated commitments to work for racial justice and extend them further by providing concrete support, examining the underpinnings of inequality in our department and our discipline, and making meaningful changes, starting now. Read more »


The department's graduate faculty recently voted to form a tri-campus Standing Committee on Anti-Racism and Equity. 

Additional EDI Initiatives

  • The Department of English & Drama has a robust schedule during the period of interim chairship, and will resume programming when the new chair assumes leadership in July 2022
  • Equity-based hiring and retention is a priority for the department, and changes to practices will be thoroughly discussed in the coming months. 

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