The School of Public Health Sciences (SPHS) is deeply committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression. In our Strategic Plan, we state that “We celebrate diversity and embrace programs that engage communities from local to global. We challenge the social and structural factors that undermine health, including structural bias, social inequities, and racism. We value a healthy workplace that fosters well-being for members of our community.”
It is important to acknowledge the SPHS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Group Final Recommendations that were shared in March 2021. This student-led group identified important anti-oppression issues and changes needed within the School. The School is working to implement these recommendations. At the same time, an Anti-Racism Task Force begins its work in May 2021, with a mandate to:
- Act on recommendations in the student-led SPHS EDI Advisory report that have not yet been addressed by SPHS Executive; and
- Consult with faculty, staff and student-led organizations to develop anti-oppression practices in SPHS courses (e.g. curriculum), structures (e.g. admissions, hiring) and environment (e.g. provision of training/resources, reporting mechanisms, statement of expectations for appropriate conduct in the classroom).
In these webpages, we provide information and resources for students, staff and faculty that arise from our anti-racism and anti-oppression efforts.
- Campus units, clubs, and services with mandates or resources relevant to equity
- Reporting discrimination and accessing support
- Resources for instructors to decolonize and indigenize teaching and learning
- Giving a meaningful land acknowledgement and connecting it to action
- Community care, healing and wellness resources (in progress)