Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office works with its University partners to host local and international experts, academics and advocates to increase dialogue and understanding of racial equity, diversity and inclusion in postsecondary environments. See the upcoming sessions listed below.


 

October 31, 2019
Increasing racial equity, diversity and inclusion in hiring, admissions and culture

Objective

To provide key tips and strategies to senior academic and administrative leaders to support efforts to increasing racial equity, diversity and inclusion in employment, student admissions and institutional culture.

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Speaker

Portrait of Dr. Lisa Coleman
Dr. Lisa Coleman, Senior VP for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer, New York University  Dr. Coleman has served as the Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President at Harvard University from 2010 – 2017. Prior to Harvard, Dr. Coleman had worked in a similar capacity at Tufts University from 2007 to 2010. Prior to becoming Tufts’ first senior diversity officer, she directed the Africana Studies Program and taught in American Studies, English, and Women’s Studies.

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November 25, 2019
Responding to race-based human rights complaints: Understanding institutional responsibility

Objective

To increase knowledge on the roles and responsibilities of leaders in education institutions in responding to racial discrimination and harassment.

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Speaker

portrait of Dr. Shaheen Azmi
Dr. Shaheen Azmi, Director of Policy, Education, Monitoring, and Outreach of the Ontario Human Rights Commission  Dr. Azmi previously held positions as Senior Policy Analyst and Manager of the Mediation Office for the Commission. In his policy work he helped research and draft the Commission’s Policy and Guidelines on Racism and Racial Discrimination released in June 2005, which was the first such human rights policy in Canada.
* This event is co-sponsored by Hart House.

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Addressing Anti-Semitism in 2020: Increasing an inclusive postsecondary environment

Objective

To identify strategies and share resources to address antisemitism in postsecondary environments.

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Speaker

portrait image Julia Appel
Rabbi Julia Appel  Rabbi Julia Appel has served as the Senior Jewish Educator and Campus Rabbi at Hillel at the University of Toronto since 2016. Rabbi Appel is on the Executive Team of the Toronto Board of Rabbis and is a regular contributor to the Canadian Jewish News. She has studied contemporary antisemitism and trained in diversity and inclusion, focusing on progressive methods and “calling in” to combat antisemitism.