Renison University College signs the Scarborough Charter

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Renison University College is pleased to continue its anti-racism work by becoming a signatory of the Scarborough Charter. The Charter, created after over a year of collective work includes a set of principles, actions, and accountabilities to redress anti-Black racism and foster Black inclusion in universities and colleges across Canada. Signatories of the Charter agree to redress anti-Black racism and promote Black inclusion, and become part of the Inter-institutional Forum. By signing the Charter, Renison adds to previous anti-racism initiatives, including the 2019 ConversAction conference and the standing Anti-Racism Committee.

“Renison is proud to be part of this historic charter and continue our anti-racism work,” said Renison President Wendy Fletcher. “By endorsing the principles, actions and accountabilities of the Scarborough Charter, we demonstrate our commitment to work against anti-Black racism in our institution, and in our community.”

Renison is one of dozens of other institutions from across Canada, including the University of Waterloo, who have chosen to sign the Charter. Information about the Scarborough Charter, and to see the other signatories, visit the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Office of the Vice-President and Principal website.

Signing the Scarborough Charter is part of ongoing anti-racism work undertaken by Renison. Renison hosted an anti-racism conference, ConversAction, in November 2019. The conference, which included representatives from nearly 25 universities and colleges from across Canada, brought together over the course of two days to explore the subject of equity on campus. From data collection and systemic issues that promote racism on campus, to students sharing personal experiences, the conference took a look at how racism is being handled on campuses nationwide. The final conference report is available on Renison’s website. Additionally, Renison has a standing Anti-Racism Committee that addresses issues of racism within the institution.

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