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).

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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.

Learning, Teaching, and Working in a Time of Crisis: Addressing Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Anti-Palestinian Racism on Campus


  • Identify how antisemitism, anti-Palestinian racism and Islamophobia are being experienced by students, staff and faculty in the university environment;
  • Discuss strategies for cultivating environments that foster our values of respect and inclusion and actively address all forms of racial discrimination and harassment; and
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration, and the sharing of practices and tools to enhance our campus environments.

Event Details

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Format: Virtual – Zoom Platform. Accessibility information for Zoom.
Audience: Faculty, Staff and Students at the University of Toronto
Cost: Free

Note: You must use your University of Toronto e-mail address to register.

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Past Events

2024 IDERD Conference | 2023 Events | 2022 Events| 2021 IDERD Conference | 2020 IDERD Impact Awards