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 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.
What is the U of T IDERD Communication Campaign & Award Recognition?
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 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 at www.antiracism.utoronto.ca.
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 antiracism 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.
- 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 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 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.