Equity Committee

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The committee advises Council on all matters pertaining to equity, diversity and inclusion – including race, gender, sexual orientation and ability – and assists UTFA in developing policy and approaches to pay equity, employment equity, all forms of harassment, personal safety, and accommodation.

The Equity Committee has an ongoing commitment to a decolonizing mandate: it seeks proactive redress for the effects of systemic forms of discrimination and white supremacy enacted at the University of Toronto embedded in distinct forms of anti-blackness, anti-indigeneity, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, antisemitism, homophobia, and sexism.

Realizing that equity, diversity, and inclusivity are individual and collective responsibilities, the Equity Committee commits to providing leadership that opposes systemic discrimination, encourages inclusivity by promoting equity within UTFA’s work and governance structures, as well as holding University of Toronto’s administration accountable for substantive, binding commitments to foster diversity, equity and inclusion.”


Chair: Arjumand Siddiqi, siddiqi@utfa.org

Committee Members Constituency
Kass Banning Cinema Studies
Joseph Berkovitz Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Deborah Cowen Department of Geography
Darren Dias St. Michael's College - Theology
Simon Darnell Kinesiology and Physical Education
Rena Helms-Park UTSC, French and Linguistics
Sherri Helwig UTSC - Arts, Culture & Media
John Paul Rico UTM - Department of Visual Studies
Jaris Swidrovich Faculty of Pharmacy
Azita Taleghani Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
Oguzhan Tekin UTM - Institute for Study of University Pedagogy