“Strongly committed to diversity” Is this evident in the recruitment, retention and promotion of “designated group” members?

In this conversation, we will reflect on the ‘strength’ of the ‘commitment to employment equity and diversity within the university community,’ and the efforts it takes to “contribute to the further diversification of [scholarly] ideas.” We examine the ways in which such commitments – commonly seen in universities’ Diversity Statement and job advertisements – are operationalized and hence evident in the hiring, retention and promotion of “designated group” scholars, as well as administrators and staff. For despite these statements of commitment to equity, diversity, access and inclusion, there are disconcerting paradoxes between the stated policies and the programs and practices of institutions. The fact is, as many have observed – and supported by research studies – even with the “multicultural” and community programs, the diverse student bodies, website images, and investigation reports, there continues to be lack of diversity amongst faculty.


The Equity Matters Seminar Series provides an opportunity for the UTSC community to engage with prominent speakers on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in academia. Seminars are open to faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff. Please join us for the seminar and discussion (10-11:30am), followed by lunch (11:30-12:30pm).


This event is hosted by the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Reading Group and sponsored by the Office of the Vice Principal Academic & Dean, University of Toronto Scarborough. The Reading Group being launched at this event will offer a forum for open dialogue, engagement, and collaboration around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.