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: Kass Banning k.banning@utoronto.ca

Committee Members Constituency
Keith Adamson Social Work
Jeff Bale OISE-UT
Lauren Kramer Cinema Studies
Darren Dias Theology
Jordache Ellapen UTM - Historical Studies
Maryam Faiz Astronomy
Adria Giacca Department of Physiology
Rena Helms-Park UTSC, French and Linguistics
Alison Keith Department of Classics
Brian McDonagh Music
Thy Phu UTSC - Arts, Culture & Media 
David Roberts Urban Studies Program
Sarah Sharma Institution for Communication and Culture
Azita Taleghani Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
Karina Vernon English
Joseph Berkowitz Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Judith Taylor Depart of Sociology
Yigal Nizra Department for the Study of Religion
Alejandro Paz UTSC Anthropology
Erica Kim Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design
Nasim Niknafs Faculty of Music
Kyla Everall Reference Department