Solidarity with Black Communities

The Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office is deeply concerned for Black communities and Black colleagues and students at UTM given ongoing anti-Black racism and violence. We join the University of the Toronto and Vice-President Human Resources & Equity in denouncing anti-Black racism.

In response to racial inequality and violence, UTM's Vice-President and Principal shared a statement to the campus community on September 4, 2020, which included an announcement of Professor Rhonda McEwen being appointed as the Vice President and Principal's Special Advisor on Anti-Racism and Equity.

We recognize and echo the anger, outrage, and sadness, as well as the pain and trauma many are feeling. We are working in solidarity with the UTM Black community and campus partners to develop virtual connection spaces and provide support. Anti-Black racism as well as all forms of racism and discrimination impact everyone. We all have a responsibility to take action against racism, speak up, and support Black, Indigenous, and racialized colleagues and students.

We are working with the UTM Black Table Talk Group and campus partners to host virtual spaces for UTM Black community – students, staff, faculty, and librarians. The Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office will continue to host virtual spaces for UTM community members to dialogue and discuss collective responsibility as well as take actions to end anti-Black racism, including in our learning, working, and living environments at UTM.

UTM Black Table Talk - Welcome (Back) Event

Black Table Talk is an empowering and inspiring exploration of Blackness at UTM. The Fall Welcome (Back) Event is a virtual session open to all Black UTM students, staff, faculty, and librarians to collectively co-create spaces that enhance the Black experience at UTM and to strengthen community connections.

September 25, 2020  |  11:30 am to 1:00 pm ET

The EDIO is working with the following UTM partners to host this event: Centre for Student Engagement; Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology; Department of Management; Student Recruitment & Admissions with support from UTMSU & BSA!

Please register online at: http://bit.ly/BTTSept25

National Dialogue and Action on Inclusive Higher Education and Communities.

U of T, in partnership with universities and colleges across Canada, is hosting The National Dialogue and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities on Oct. 1 and 2. The first in the series will be focused on addressing anti-Black racism and Black inclusion in Canadian higher education. Registration is free.

October 1 and 2, 2020   |   12-4 pm ET

The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) has announced its 2020-2021 course offerings. The sessions are designed to increase faculty and staff’s understanding of their roles/responsibilities and key strategies to advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion at U of T.

How to Register:

Employees browse and register for these sessions from the ARCDO's Training and Workshops webpage.

More information about ARCDO, including how the Office can help advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion in your unit with a customized workshop, is available at: https://antiracism.utoronto.ca

Reflect. Restore. Action.

Join the tri-campus Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office for Restore @ U of T, a Restoration Program for Black, Indigenous and Racialized university community in partnership with Hill Studio by Allison Hill. Discussions and activities will address the impacts of racism through activities to restore, organize and take action as we navigate these challenging times.

More information is available here: https://antiracism.utoronto.ca/reflect-restore-action/

SAVE THE DATE: BIPOC* Student Table Talk

November 17, 2020  |  5:30-7:00 pm ET

BIPOC Solidarity in 2020

UTM and UTSC’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Offices, in partnership with other UTM and U of T stakeholders, will be hosting a virtual tri-campus Table Talk for students who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC). 

In this talk, we will be discussing the shared histories of BIPOC communities, how microaggressions are experienced, and how we can show up for each other the challenge and disrupt anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, anti-Asian racism and its intersections. We'll explore what it means to build mutual understanding and solidarity between marginalized groups and work together to harness our collective power.

More information and registration link to follow in September.

We are committed to supporting you, as we take action and continue to build an intentionally inclusive and equitable UTM. To any member of our community who may want assistance with the effects of anti-Black racism and violence, please reach out for support. Below are university and Peel region community-based support services.

For students: Confidential multilingual counselling support 24/7, 1-844-451-9700 |  www.mystudentsupport.com  | My SSP app

For employees: Confidential Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) 24/7, 1-800-663-1142 

Malton Neighbourhood Services, 905-677-6270  |  www.mnsinfo.org/black-family-support

Black Youth Helpline, 416-285-9944  | wsw.blackyouth.ca

24.7 Crisis Support Peel, 905-278-9036