IDERD

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) was established by the United Nations in 1966 to commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960. It is observed every March 21st to bring the world community together to increase its efforts in the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination and racism (United Nations, Resolution 2142, XX1).

The U of T IDERD Campaign was launched in March 2012 in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 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 elimination of racial discrimination and racism is an essential part of U of T’s efforts to cultivate an equitable and inclusive working and learning environment. This is noted in the University’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Excellence.

Conferences

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.

Recognition Awards

The campaign provides a unique platform for the University to recognize and profile the excellent work that students, staff and faculty are undertaking to advance anti-racism and create an equitable U of T community.

As we look towards the future, we remember that it is only possible to move forward if we acknowledge and correct historical injustices.

– Professor Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost

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U of T Recognition Awards

What is the U of T IDERD Recognition Award?

The IDERD Campaign also provides a unique platform for the University to recognize and profile the excellent work that students, staff and faculty are undertaking to advance anti-racism while contributing to the University’s commitment to create diverse, equitable and inclusive teaching, learning and working environments.

What are the benefits of an IDERD award?

In recognition of their efforts, successful recipients will each receive the IDERD certificate of recognition from the University of Toronto. Recipients will also see their efforts showcased on various communication channels in support of the Campaign including:

  • Digital signage across the three campuses;
  • Social media coverage throughout the month of March; and
  • A profile feature on the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office’s website. As an example, you can view the current year’s profiles.

The recipients’ department/faculty/division administrators will also be notified of the recognition.

Your IDERD profile will contribute towards increasing awareness of the diverse ways in which everyone can work towards eliminating racism and discrimination on campus.

Who/What can be nominated for an IDERD award?

  • Nominations are welcome for individuals, projects, programs, and activities.
  • Initiatives can vary from direct work on race, racism and anti-racism, to indirect work where race, racism and anti-racism is specifically addressed as part of a broader focus on creating open spaces to foster inclusivity and cultural diversity.
  • Self-nominations are also permitted.
  • You do not have to be involved in the project you are nominating for the IDERD recognition & profile but it is important to inform the individual or project that you are nominating them and to obtain their consent. You may also need their assistance in completing the form.

Nominees must:

Be a current student, staff or faculty member at U of T;

The work and/or project being profiled must:

  • Demonstrate an explicit focus on addressing barriers to racial equity and advancing anti-racism, whether as a first time endeavour in antiracism practice or as an advanced initiative;
  • Feature anti-racism as the primary focus of the initiative or as a demonstrable component in a broader initiative;
  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to advancing anti-racism and eliminating barriers within the University community and/or in contribution to the University’s profile in the broader community;
  • Demonstrate leadership; and,
  • Contribute to enhancing student/staff/faculty experience within the academic, co-curricular, and/or workplace contexts.

Now is the time for organizational courage – drawing together our individual acts of courage.

– Professor Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost

FAQs

Nominees must be a current U of T student, staff or faculty member.

Current students, staff and faculty can self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague, supervisor, alumnus or anyone else.

No. Nominees must be aware that they are being nominated and provide their consent, accordingly.

The Call for Nomination for the annual U of T IDERD Recognition Awards runs from December of the previous year to mid-January of the following year and nominations are accepted during that period.

Projects, activities or initiatives that are eligible for the IDERD Recognition Award must, among other criteria:

  • Demonstrate an explicit focus on addressing barriers to racial equity and advancing antiracism, whether as a first time endeavour in antiracism practice or as an advanced initiative.
  • Feature antiracism as the primary focus of the initiative or as a demonstrable component in a broader initiative.
  • Demonstrate an on-going commitment to antiracism practice/change within the U of T community and/or in contribution to the U of T’s profile in the broader community.
Please refer to the Call for Nomination Guidelines on the ARCDO website for the complete description of the selection criteria.

The application form is to be completed by the nominator. If the nominator happens to be the supervisor of the nominee then no letter of support is required by the supervisor however a letter of support is still required from two other individuals. Applications can be submitted by email, mail or dropped off in person at the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, 3rd Floor (Faculty Offices, Room 356).

Yes. However, you will need to reapply as we do not carry applications forward to the next year.

Yes. There is no limit on the number of persons that can nominate a single nominee.

Yes, you may nominate up to two (2) individuals/groups for an IDERD Recognition Award.

Nominations that have been successfully submitted will receive a confirmation notice within seven (7) days of receipt. If you are unsure or do not receive a confirmation notice, please contact Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity office at antiracism@utoronto.ca or call (416) 978-1259.

The applications are reviewed by a selection committee drawn from the ARCDO Advisory Committee. The selection committee comprises students, faculty, employees and the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office Director and Program Coordinator.

Recipients are, typically, announced during the first week of March by phone and email. Once recipients have been notified, the nominators are notified and the public announcement is posted on the ARCDO website and through various media vehicles across the U of T community.

Yes. All nominees will be notified by email about the outcome of their nominations.

You may contact the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office at the following email address: antiracism@utoronto.ca