The Daniels Faculty stands in solidarity with all people seeking a just society without racial, ethnic, or sexual discrimination. As we work to improve our school's diversity and our responsiveness to the needs of students and faculty who have faced systemic racism, we will continue updating this page with related news and resources.
University of Toronto’s Diversity and Anti-Racism Resources
The University of Toronto provides a number of resources for community members looking for ways to combat — or heal from — the effects of discrimination and violence. Here are some of them.
- The University of Toronto's Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office leads educational programs, hosts anti-racism events, and responds to complaints about discrimination and harassment.
- Indigenous Student Services provides culturally relevant services to support the academic success and well-being of Indigenous students.
- The Multi-Faith Centre fosters interfaith dialogue on campus.
- The Sexual and Gender Diversity Office works to foster LGBTQ inclusion on campus, in part by offering individual support services.
- The St. George Health and Wellness Centre provides a number of health-related services to students, including mental health services.
- The Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre provides a range of services to students and faculty who have been affected by sexual assault or sexual harassment.
Daniels Faculty's Diversity and Equity Committee
The Diversity and Equity Committee is a standing committee of the Faculty. The Faculty’s bylaws charge it with the following responsibilities:
- Recommending diversity and equity principles and goals for the Faculty to our governing body, Faculty Council.
- Advising other standing committees about how to make sure the Faculty’s practices reflect its diversity and equity principles and goals.
- Advising and making recommendations about increasing diversity to the dean, who has authority over personnel matters.
- Reporting to Faculty Council about its deliberations, recommendations, and decisions.
|Chair: The Chair of Council (ex-officio)||Jane Wolff|
|Secretary: Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ex-officio, non-voting)||TBD|
|Graduate Student||Janice Miyagi (GALDSU)|
|Graduate Student||Monique Dosanjh (FGSA)|
|Undergraduate Student||Randa Omar|
|Undergraduate Student||Veeshva Rana|
|Administrative Staff member||Markus Peterson|
|The Dean or designate||Robert Wright|
|The Chief Administrative Officer (non-voting)||Didier Pomerleau|
|1 Teaching Staff member from each program in the Faculty|
|VS (Undergraduate + Graduate)||Mitchell Akiyama|
|PhD Design/ Post-Professional Programs||Mary Lou Lobsinger|
Visit the Governance page for all Daniels Faculty committee membership lists.
During the 2020-21 academic year, work-study students with the Diversity and Equity Committee compiled a list of suggested reading resources for the design disciplines. This list is an ongoing effort and will be updated as new resources are published.
Statements and Studies
The University of Toronto, the Daniels Faculty, and the Daniels Faculty's student unions have released statements of solidarity with anti-racism protesters. Read them by following the links below:
Former Dean Richard Sommer and Interim Dean Robert Wright co-authored a letter outlining the Daniels Faculty's first steps in combatting systemic anti-Black racism: Addressing anti-Black racism in our community
Committee Meeting Minutes
If you'd like to know more about the Daniels Faculty's efforts to foster diversity and inclusion, or if you're a student or faculty member who would like to get involved in those efforts, email for more information.
Student Clubs and Initiatives
AVSSU Sustainability Committee
The Architecture and Visual Studies Student Union (AVSSU) Sustainability Committee's goal is to explore and prompt conversations around the many facets that make up our climate crisis, including the environmental inequities that often racialized and low-income communities face as a result of being closer to polluting facilities. The relocation of environmental risks directly impacts health and resource accessibility, further affecting agricultural patterns and negatively impacting dependent economies. For more information, follow @avssu.sustainability.uoft on Instagram.
Black Students in Design
Founded by Clara James, a Black student in the Daniels Faculty, Black Students in Design (BSD) aims to create a community for Black students to de-stress, talk about racial issues in the design industry, and connect with one another. BSD hosts bi-weekly events as well as supports and important BIPOC initiatives in equity and diversity. BSD is not just a club for students at Daniels, but also for any BIPOC university students interested in design. For more information, follow @blackstudentsindesign on Instagram.
Daniels Art Directive
The Daniels Art Directive began as a student-led club seeking to work collaboratively on diverse art projects. In 2020, the Daniels Art Directive collaborated with Daniels alumnae, Ashita Parekh and Tolu Alabi to install the temporary mural, "Support Black Designers." on the Daniels Building. This mural is a call to action for dismantling systemic racism in the discipline of design in workplaces and academic institutions. For more information, follow @danielsartdirective and @supportblackdesigners on Instagram.
Making Difference aims to create a safe space for women and non-binary folks to discuss how gender affects them in the architecture and art fields. Through Zoom discussions, commission opportunities for designers, and monthly art events, the club works towards dismantling gender inequality and creating a supportive community within Daniels. For more information, follow @makingdifferenceto on Instagram.
Student Equity Alliance
The Graduate Architecture, Landscape and Design Student Union (GALDSU), along with the Forestry Graduate Student Association (FGSA), and the Architecture, Visual Studies, Students Union (AVSSU) came together in July 2020 to formalize the working group that spearheaded the Daniels Do Better letter, establishing it as the Student Equity Alliance (SEA). Currently, SEA is composed of students and alumni, across nearly every program stream at Daniels. If you would like to get involved, please email SEA at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit @sea.daniels on Instagram.