News & Announcements

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Resource Highlight – National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism 2021

With over 2100 participants and 121 panelists from across Canada, the National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism held in June 2021 identified a broad range of ways to eliminate anti-Asian racism in all its forms. The Forum team, Steering Committee and collaborating partners have been working throughout the summer to summarize these important discussions and invites community members to visit the Forum website to access the Final Report and view recordings from the event.

Multicolor image with people in purple, orange, red and pink who represent Asian communities in Canada.


Reading Muslims – Reflections on #OurLondonFamily

A special compilation of written reflections on the horrific murders of the Afzaal family that took place in London, Ontario in June 2021. — Reading Muslims is a multi- and interdisciplinary project at the institute of Islamic studies that re-examines the place of textuality in Islamic studies. — The Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) at the University of Toronto offers a unique, multi-perspective view of Canadian society through the advanced study of Islam and Muslims. The IIS brings together academics from across disciplines to collaborate on research projects that fill critical gaps in our understanding of Islam and Muslims in Canada and beyond. The projects study and respond to issues across social, political, academic, and cultural sectors. … Continue reading


Upcoming Mini-Course for Incoming Students at U of T: Foundations for University Learning

Join Student Life- Academic Success for a 4-part mini course that explores what university learning is like and how to build your foundation for academic success at U of T.

In this course series, students will:

  • Explore your purpose, motivation, and strengths as a learner.
  • Activate your curiosity for better critical thinking.
  • Understand the science and practice of learning to study more effectively.
  • Enhance your academic resourcefulness.

The sessions will be run virtually. Register for one, two, three, or all sessions on CLNx via the links embedded below:

Find out more information at:

Foundations for University Learning complements other transition programs like the University Prep Workshops.




ARCDO Celebrates Black History Month 2021!

The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) invites you to join us for our upcoming programming for Black History Month. ARCDO is proud to bring to the University of Toronto community two events in February 2021. … Continue reading


Islamic Heritage Month

In recognition of Islamic Heritage Month, check out this great article from the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS). … Continue reading


Message from Jodie Glean – Staff Announcement: Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office

I am very pleased to share the news that the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office has two new Program Coordinators, Natasha Prashad and Aamer Esmail. … Continue reading


Message from the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre – online group healing spaces

In light of current events surrounding anti-Black racism, community mobilizations, and racial tragedies across Turtle Island, the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre at the University of Toronto, would like to extend their support and solidarity to Black faculty, students, staff, and librarians at U of T.

We recognize that Black members of the university have been continuously and generationally subjected to anti-black violence and its trauma, and folks are hurting more due to the recent events. With that said, please know that we continue to support survivors of sexual violence, with an intersectional, trauma-informed, and anti-racist, anti-oppressive framework. We will actively work to centre the lived experiences of Black survivors of sexual violence in our work while ensuring to hold space for those who live at the intersections of Indigenous, queer, trans, and disabled identities.

Throughout the month of July 2020, the Centre will be hosting a series of online group healing spaces open to UofT students, staff and faculty who identify as Black. We are also offering group healing sessions open to UofT students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour.

If you would like to connect with the centre, please send an email to:


Message from the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office and Upcoming Initiatives

The staff at the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity office join in the expression of sadness, frustration and intense anger at the most recent events of racialized violence against Black lives. We know these conversations, protests and movements are not new in the centuries fight to end all forms of racism and it is critical we remain steadfast in upholding these discussions months and years after the media stops highlighting these most recent events. … Continue reading


In solidarity with U of T’s Black community Members

The events occurring in our city, the US and around the world are horrific and show that anti-Black racism as well as other forms of racism continue to be destructive, harmful and divisive. These events demonstrate the need for us to come together and combat the intersectional structural inequality that persists in our society.


Celebrating Pride Month at the University of Toronto

In June, the Division of Human Resources and Equity joins the University community in celebrating the achievements and experiences of the LGBTQ2S+ community. … Continue reading


Celebrating & Recognizing National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day at the University of Toronto

In 2009, following the passing of a unanimous motion the House of Commons, the month of June was declared National Indigenous History Month, while continuing to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day (since 1996) on June 21. The Division of Human Resources and Equity joins the University community in honouring the history, recognizing the present and celebrating the contributions and experiences of Indigenous Peoples. … Continue reading


Celebrating & Recognizing Asian Heritage Month at the University of Toronto

In May, during Asian Heritage Month, the Division of Human Resources & Equity joins the University community in celebrating and recognizing the contributions of Canadians of Asian descent. Read more here.


Black History Month Initiative Submissions

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office in the Division of HR & Equity in partnership with U of T’s Black History 365 Committee would like to compile a list of all the events, campaigns and initiatives planned across U of T’s three campuses that recognize and honour Black History events in the month of February. We will be launching an online calendar to showcase Black History initiatives and would be grateful to receive details about any related initiative at the University of Toronto.

Learn more about how you can participate


Resiliency Through Adversities

On Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm join UTM’s Equity & Diversity Office in partnership with UTM Connections and Conversations, Centre for Student Engagement and UTM Career Centre for their first annual Black History Month Event, Resiliency through Adversities with keynote address from Jodie Glean, Director, Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office followed by round table discussions between  Black professionals from various careers, providing tips & strategies for thriving in academia and the workplace.

  • Learn from Black professionals from various fields regarding their experiences, hardships & triumphs
  • Discover tools and strategies to navigate racialized micro-aggressions in the workplace and academia through story-telling and sharing
  • A space for networking and mentorship opportunities between professionals and student attendees.

U of T students please see the following link to Register

Non-University of Toronto students/external community member please see the following link to Register


Diversity Dialogue Event: How Do We Talk About Race?

On Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 5:30 pm the Faculty of Medicine’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity Office in partnership with U of T Sport and Recreation will be hosting a Diversity Dialogue Event: How Do We Talk About Race?

Featuring presentations, a panel discussion and community dialogue, this event will provide health care practitioners, learners, researchers and staff with tools and frameworks to discuss race. In order to achieve cultural safety and inclusion in health care services, research and education, it is vital to understand how race, power and privilege operate in these spaces. Panelists will explore the topics of systemic racism and the process of racialization as they relate to health inequities and learner experiences.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. This event is open to all Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education learners, staff and faculty, external partners, which include the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) and community organizations, as well as the wider U of T community.

Registration: 5:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Presentations and Panel: 5:45 pm – 8 pm
Reception: 8 pm – 9 pm

Location: Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, East Common Room

Please see the following link to Register.

This event will also be live streamed.


Anti-Islamophobia Training for Staff

Staff are invited to attend the following workshop: Understanding Islamophobia on Campus: Anti-Islamophobia Training for Staff on December 4, 2019 from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Centre for Learning Leadership & Culture (LLC, formerly ODLC), 215 Huron Street, Room 610.

Participants will hear from the facilitator, Aasiyah Khan, who has been working with the Canadian Federation of Students to address Islamophobia on post-secondary campuses.

The workshop will focus on:

  • Understanding Islamophobia
  • Understanding student experience in classrooms and on university campuses across Canada with Islamophobic incidences.
  • Learning how to best support students when they ask for assistance, resources, etc.

Please see the following link to Register.



Upcoming EDO events at UTM:  Anti-“O” Convos: Hot Topics – November 13 & 14

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 12 pm to 1:30 pmBuilding a Culture of Consent
University of Toronto Mississauga, Davis Building (DV 3129), 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6
Facilitated by the Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre
Lunch will be provided and space is limited, therefore registration for this session is greatly appreciated:

Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 12 pm to 1:30 pmFaith, Spirituality, & Mental Health
University of Toronto Mississauga, Spigel Hall, Davis Building (DV 1102), 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6
Partnership with UTM Interfaith, Equity & Diversity Office, Hart House, and Multi-Faith Centre.
Lunch will be provided and space is limited, therefore registration for this session is greatly appreciated:


Shadeism Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion

On Thursday October 24th at 5pm, UTM’s Equity and Diversity Office in partnership with the following stakeholders: UTM’s Connections & Conversations, the Centre for South Asian Civilizations, the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, the Department of Historical Studies and UTM’s International Education Centre, will be hosting Shadeism: Digging Deeper, a documentary screening and panel discussion with film director, V.T Nayani, and the following panelists:

  • Ken Derry, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, History of Religion
  • Jordache Ellapen, Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies
  • Bhajan Gill, Student, Equity & Diversity Office Programming Assistant
  • Carae Henry, Student, Residence Don
  • Jed Kuhn, Assistant Professor (LTA) History/Women and Gender Studies
  • Rebeca Mahadeo, Staff, Student Development Coordinator, Intercultural Programs

To RSVP and for more details about the event, please go to the following link:


Karima Hashmani is the new Executive Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion!

View the Staff Announcement.


UTM Office Hours

Did you Know ARCDO will be holding monthly office hours at UTM? See the schedule below!

Room 224, Academic Annex, UTM
9am – 5pm

    1. September 9, 2019
    2. October 21, 2019
    3. November 18, 2019
    4. January 20, 2020
    5. February 24, 2020
    6. March 30, 2020
    7. April 27, 2020
    NOTE: ARCDO is in the process of coordinating office hours at UTSC. Further details coming soon.