The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee is a standing committee of the School created in 2020 to make recommendations to the School in the five broad axes identified by the University: student experience, research and knowledge, outreach, workforce and physical space. These axes are based on the University’s EDI Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and the University’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism, released on September 30, 2020.
The EDI Committee was created in the context of broad structural and systemic challenges related to racism and discrimination in our learning environments. It works for and with people who face systemic barriers, including people with disabilities and LGBTQI2S+ people, and to address all forms of racism, including against Black people, Indigenous peoples, and people of colour. The School is committed to developing innovative policy solutions and ideas that address these challenges
In the Spring of 2021, the School approved in principle the EDI plan for the next two years based on the following priorities:
1. Ensure available resources to support EDI work.
2. Diversify program, events and publications.
3. Improve diversity of workforce, advisory boards.
4. Establish mentoring and wellness initiatives for staff, instructors, and students.
5. Improve accessibility for persons with disabilities and promote universal design for all.
The School’s Report on Plans and Priorities 2021-2023, which includes accomplishments to date, was shared with the University, Faculty, staff and advisory bodies over the summer and fall of 2021. Indicative activities and timelines are included, but each cohort will have a voice in determining priorities and planning.