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.

Upcoming Events

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

IDERD Conference Poster

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.

Past Events

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.