Programs

The Anti Racism and Cultural Diversity Office develops and organizes programs and events that highlight the intersection between the academic work in the areas of ethno-cultural diversity, critical race-related issues and issues of relevance to the larger community on campus. It provides a forum for individuals and student groups to meet, discuss and initiate ideas and plans for programs and events that will strengthen both the diversity of the university community and its commitment to an equitable and inclusive environment.

International Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD)
The tri-campus communication campaign is implemented annually as a key part of the University’s ongoing effort to eliminate racial discrimination and advance anti-racism throughout the University community. The conference provides an opportunity for the engagement, discussion and strategizing around topics of race, anti-racism, systematic discrimination and critical race related issues in higher education. The campaign recognizes and profiles the excellent work that students, staff and faculty are undertaking to advance anti-racism and create an equitable U of T community.

Race & Faith Dialogue Series
The Race & Faith Dialogues are a platform for students in the University community to engage with the important topic of how race and faith manifest our lives; inside and outside of the classroom.

Unfiltered: Truth Talks Dialogue Series
Unfiltered: Truth Talks series is a safe space for students to engage in conversations around race, racism, ethnicity, culture, creed and the intersections among them, inside and outside of the classroom.

Past Events

Mar 21, 2019
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Conference

Digital banner for the 2019 IDERD Conference

March 21, 2019    |     9 AM – 4:30 PM    |    Hart House    |    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The IDERD Conference provides an opportunity for the engagement, discussion and strategizing around topics of race, anti-racism, systematic discrimination and critical race related issues in higher education.

Jan 29, 2019
UTSC Race & Faith Dialogue: Questioning the State’s Actions Impacting Minority Religious Groups

29 January, 1-2:30 pm
Academic Resource Centre, AC227 (Behind Lecture hall AC223)
1265 Military Trail

For this student-led discussion, we will be talking about state actions that impact minority religious groups. What is the purpose of state regulations that primarily affect religious minorities? Who are they specifically targeting and why those groups? What is the impact on the members of these minority religious groups and the rest of the society? Finally, how can we as citizens be involved in state processes, especially related to restrictions on religious minorities?

*The event is organized in collaboration with the Equity & Diversity Office of UTSC
**All are welcome! Light refreshments provided.

Jan 24, 2019
UTM Race & Faith Dialogue: How Can Faith Communities Challenge Racist Attitudes?

24 January, 3-4:30 pm
North Building, NE4107
1555 Outer Circle Rd.

For this student-led discussion, we will be exploring the question on how faith groups can facilitate racist attitudes and challenge them. We will be discussing how some entities drive members of certain faith communities to generate racist biases and prejudices. For example, how are black Muslims treated differently from Arab Muslims? Or how are Ethiopian Jews treated differently in Israel from the rest of the Jewish community? Most importantly, we will discuss what kind of responses faith communities can provide to counter these attitudes. Finally, we seek to share strategies to challenge these racist attitudes on an individual level.

*The event is organized in collaboration with the Equity & Diversity Office of UTM
**All are welcome! Light refreshments provided.

Jan 16, 2019
UTSG Race & Faith Dialogue: Exploring the Intersection of Race & Religion

16 January, 4:30-6 pm
University College Union, Walden Room
79 St. George St (enter through Centre for Drama & Performance Studies)

For this student-led discussion, we will be exploring the intersections of race and religion. How do we define them? How do the phenomena of race and religion overlap? Should the conversation of racism and discrimination based on religion be treated equally, or is it more appropriate to keep them separate? What implications would that have?

*The event is organized in collaboration with the Multi-Faith Centre
**All are welcome! Refreshments provided.

Nov 26, 2018
White Supremacy and the Alt-Right: Community Leaders and Our Response to Hate Groups in Canada

Hart House, Music Room, 7 Hart House Circle

With recent attacks on targeted minorities, including the murder several weeks ago of 11 Jews in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, we must look more closely at both historical white supremacy and its manifestations today. Canada is not immune: Reported hate crimes in Canada rose 47% between 2015 and 2016. White nationalist Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy received over 25,000 votes. Why is white supremacy reappearing in Canada? Is it possible for riots like Charlottesville’s to appear in the streets of downtown Toronto? Panelists will discuss hate crimes and the alt-right on a campus, municipal, and national level, as well as community responses from the Jewish, Muslim, First Nations, and Black communities, among others.

Featuring The Mosaic Institute’s former CEO and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Bernie Farber; recipient of the J.S. Woodsworth Award for Human Rights Farheen Kahn; Human Rights Consultant and President of JSpace Canada Karen Mock, Chair of The International Network on Hate Studies and Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at UOIT, Dr. Barbara Perry. Other speakers TBD

Dessert reception with pastries, coffee and tea will follow the event to continue the dialogue. Co-sponsored by Hillel UofT, The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, the Multi-Faith Centre, and Hart House.

Nov 22, 2018
Unfiltered: Truth Talks – Challenging Stigma About Racialized Spaces & Communities

poster: Unfiltered Truth Talks

A discussion on the stigmatization of racialized areas in the GTA and how to counter that narrative

Thursday, November 22, 1-3 PM
Arts & Administration Building
4th Floor, Room 401

Nov 21, 2018
Unfiltered: Truth Talks – Exploring Eurocentricity in Academia

poster: Unfiltered Truth Talks

A discussion on the Eurocentricity of academic research and literature and how the lack of perspective from the Global South influences professors as well as students.

Wednesday, November 21, 5-7 PM
The Multi-Faith Centre
Main Activity Hall

Nov 20, 2018
Unfiltered: Truth Talks – Addressing Internalized Racism

poster: Unfiltered Truth Talks

A discussion on how colorism, shadeism, and classism manifest themselves within racialized communities and how to challenge it

Tuesday, November 20, 4-6 PM
Davis Building, Room 3138

Nov 14, 2018
Challenging Islamophobia: How we can be allies when confronted with racism

Do you find yourself wondering “What is Islamophobia”? Have you seen instances of Islamophobia and wondered what you could have done? Do you want to understand more about Islamophobia, and most importantly, do you want to learn how to become an ally in the face of Islamophobia? Join us on November 14th at the Multi-Faith Centre from 5PM-7PM to discuss these questions and issues in a safe, friendly environment!

This session will be led by Rania El Mugammar, an experienced anti-oppression, equity, inclusion and liberation educator and consultant who is unflinchingly committed to decolonization and freedom as the ultimate goals of her work. In addition to working extensively with a range of institutions from enterprises, education institutions and collectives, Rania’s work has also been featured in Canadian media outlets like CBC, Toronto Star and CTV. More information about Rania can be found at http://raniawrites.com

This workshop is a collaboration between the Multi-Faith Centre, Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, The Muslim Chaplaincy, Muslim Student’s Association, and Discussion of the Quran.

Please register by email multi.faith@utoronto.ca

Mar 19, 2018 - Mar 20, 2018
Save the Date: IDERD Conference 2018 March 19-20

Poster advertising for 2018 IDERD Conference