IDERD

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

What is IDERD?

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.

IDERD Impact Awards

The IDERD Impact Awards recognizes and profiles the excellent work that University students, staff, faculty, chaplains and librarians undertake to advance antiracism initiatives and manifests the University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion into action. Learn more about past recipients!

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2021 IDERD Conference

The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) recognized the 5th annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Conference on March 19, 2021.

Learn more about the 2021 IDERD conference