uOttawa signs the first National Action Plan to tackle anti-Black racism in higher education

Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2021

Tabaret Hall at uOttawa


Today, over 40 Canadian post-secondary institutions will come together to sign the Scarborough Charter, the first national action plan to tackle anti-Black racism in Canadian higher education as a sector-wide response to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

WHAT:                Official launch and signing of the Scarborough Charter, the first national action plan for Canadian post-secondary institutions to redress anti-Black racism and foster Black inclusion in higher education. The live online event features testimonials from institutional leaders, a panel discussion, a question-and-answer segment and the official signing of the Charter. For more details, please see this U of T news story.

WHEN:               Thursday, November 18, 2021, online, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. E.T.

WHERE:              Online event hosted by the University of Toronto. YouTube livestream and recorded video will be available for media  Use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkJZmRlhfyk

WHO:                  Hosted by the University of Toronto, the live event features 

  • Wisdom Tettey, Charter committee chair & Vice-President, University of Toronto & Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Karima Hashmani, Charter committee member & Executive Director Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Toronto
  • Leadership from some of the over 40 Canadian universities and colleges who are Charter signatories

WHY:                  Social justice is central to everything that universities and colleges stand for. George Floyd’s murder and the protests of 2020 prompted higher education institutions to identify how equity, diversity and inclusion have historically been excluded from research, teaching, learning, and governance. The landmark Scarborough Charter lays out concrete actions and accountability mechanisms for institutions to move from rhetoric and deliver on their promise of structural and systemic change. This first-of-its-kind plan will spearhead meaningful change in higher-ed culture.


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