The following is a message from Jane Wolff, chair of the Daniels Faculty's Diversity and Equity Committee:
Dear students and colleagues,
Thanks to you all for your passionate calls to fight anti-Black racism at the Daniels Faculty, and special thanks to our student unions for their letter framing the issues we must address. On July 9 at 4 p.m., the Diversity and Equity Committee will convene a special meeting to talk about how we can move forward together. The meeting is open to all members of our community. Its goal is to make space for inclusive conversations about change. I hope that you will join us.
We’ll begin the meeting by proposing a process for action — and for your engagement — in the immediate and longer terms. After that, the floor is yours: the committee invites your contributions to a moderated open discussion. We’re looking for your insights as we undertake the necessary and difficult work of transforming unjust systems.
In addition to the members of the Diversity and Equity Committee, the meeting will include key figures in the Daniels administration: Robert Wright, interim dean; Robert Levit, associate dean, academic; Andrea McGee, registrar; Jenny Hill, assistant dean, academic planning and governance; and Nene Brode, manager, external relations and outreach. We have also invited representatives from the University of Toronto’s Anti-Racism Office.
We’ll meet through Zoom. No RSVP is required. Just click the link below on July 9 at or before 4 p.m.:
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Meeting ID: 824 5477 9488
4:00: Land acknowledgement
4:05: Introductory comments/Dean Wright
4:10: Proposal for action and engagement/Jane Wolff
4:20: Moderated open discussion
5:20: Information about anti-racism resources at U of T/TBD
We acknowledge that emotionally charged conversations such as the topic we are discussing can resonate in the body. As a way of grounding after this meeting, please join us for a Mindful Moment with facilitator and PhD student Lauren Brown. This meditation will focus on relaxing the mind and body. You will come away with some simple practices to use every day.
Please let me know if you have questions about the meeting’s purpose or content. If you would like to know more about how to join and speak at the meeting or if you have accessibility requirements, please contact Nene Brode (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you again for your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion at Daniels. I look forward to working with you.
Chair, Daniels Faculty Diversity and Equity Committee
About the Daniels Faculty Diversity and Equity Committee:
The Diversity and Equity Committee, a standing committee of the Daniels Faculty Council, was struck in 2017 following a grassroots initiative by senior faculty members. The committee recommends principles and goals for equity, diversity, and inclusion at the Faculty and advocates for the implementation of those standards across the Daniels Faculty’s curricula, staffing, and public programming. The committee's reports to Faculty Council are posted on the Daniels Faculty website.
The committee's current members are:
Chair: Jane Wolff
Secretary: Jen Hill
One graduate student: Janice Theresa Miyagi/Nicole Tratnik
One undergraduate student: Randa Omar/Clara James
One teaching staff member from each program in the Faculty:
M.Arch: John Shnier
MLA: Fadi Masoud
MUD: Mauricio Pacheco
VS (graduate and undergraduate): Charles Stankievech
BAAS: Aziza Chaouni
PhD program / Post-professional program: Mary Lou Lobsinger
Forestry: Danijela Puric-Mladenovic
The dean: Robert Wright
The chief administrative officer (non-voting): Didier Pomerleau
One administrative staff member: Markus Peterson