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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office (EDIO at UTSC)

The EDIO provides educational workshops that seek to strengthen understanding and advance equity, diversity and inclusion practices across the UTSC campus. On the EDIO Education resource page, there are four workshops open to students, staff, faculty, and librarians, explained in greater detail, along with the registration process. The first two workshops are only available virtually and the last three may be booked as in-personal or virtual learning. Details for contacting the EDIO for customized training are available on the resource page.

1. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Module for Staff

2. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Module for Managers

3. Practices & Principles in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

4. Understanding Microaggressions

5. Inclusive Leadership 

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Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL at UTSC)

Anti-Racist Pedagogy is a learning module created for the university community "providing resources and general guidance for integrating anti-racist pedagogical approaches." The module is organized into three areas:

  • Teaching principles and practice  
  • Curriculum and course development 
  • Relevant resources 

The module was created by Educational Developer -- Anti-Racist Pedagogies, Nicola Dove. For instructional support, Nicola may be contacted at nicola.dove@utoronto.ca

Universal Design for Learning: Accessibility by Design is a module centered on the understanding that all students learn differently and the importance of developing learning experiences and spaces for all learners, especially those with disabilities. This module contains numerous resources examining the theoretical foundations and classroom applications of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

The module was created by Educational Developer -- Universal Design for Learning, Cheryl Lepard. For instructional support, she may be contacted at cheryl.lepard@utoronto.ca

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Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

Understanding Indigenous Perspectives is a "set of learning modules... created to support and inspire educators and future teachers to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives and an appreciation of how Indigenous knowledge and worldviews can assist all learners in their educational journey. The goal of the modules is to provide an introductory grounding to key issues affecting Indigenous people in Canada as a foundation for further and deeper learning. The modules are meant to work well independent of one another (they are not sequential) but they are also complementary."

These resources were created by Patricia Gaviria, Aboriginal Education Researcher at OISE, and Jean-Paul Restoule, Chair of the Department of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria and Associate Professor of Aboriginal Education at the University of Toronto. Jennifer Wemigwans and the team at InvertMedia are responsible for the web and graphic design.   The modules are broken into the following sections:

People Strategy, Equity & Culture (PSEC)

The Report of the University of Toronto Anti-Black Racism Task Force recommended the completion of Unconscious Bias training to assist in mitigating the effects of stereotypes which often result in discrimination. While Unconscious Bias training — and indeed any educational module — should not be seen as an endpoint in itself, it can be an important first step in learning that can contribute toward systemic change. The training modules were initially hosted by The Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture (PSEC) at the University of Toronto and developed by University of Toronto Professor of Biological Sciences and Canada Research Chair, Maydianne Andrade for staff, faculty, and librarians across the three campuses.          

Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre

The Sexual Violence Education and Prevention (SVEP) training is available as an online module for all faculty, staff, and students.

Accessibility Services

Demystifying Academic Accommodations is a reference guide developed by the University of Toronto to explain what it means to accommodate students with disabilities and develop an accessible learning environment. 

Equity Matters Seminars 

The Equity Matters Seminars at the University of Toronto Scarborough provide opportunities to engage with prominent speakers on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in academia. Seminars are open to faculty, librarians, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff. The 2022 discussion featured Professor Carmen G. González, author of  Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia  (2020) from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and a facilitated conversation with Professor Sharlene Mollett, Distinguished Professor of Feminist Cultural Geography and Chair of Global Development Studies at UTSC. 

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Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO)

The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) offers professional development courses to increase faculty, staff, and student understanding of their roles and responsibilities in ensuring that the University of Toronto remains a safe place of work and learning for staff, students, and faculty who are committed to advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. As a department or unit, you may also request a customized workshop.

The Black Cultural Competency Toolkit was developed in partnership with the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering's (FASE) Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Professionalism, the Dean’s Advisor on Black Inclusion, and the FASE Black Grad & Beyond Group.

University of British Columbia (UBC)

UBC's "Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Teaching and Learning" resources in the Inclusive Teaching section of its Canvas learning platform, are organized around a set of five introductory modules:

1. Power, Privilege and Bias

2. Conversations on Decolonization

3. Introduction to Inclusive Teaching Practice

4. Universal Design for Learning

5. Navigating Difficult Conversations

Related Reading: "Inclusive Design: The Bell Curve, the Starburst and the Virtuous Tornado" (2019) by Jutta Treviranus, Director and Professor at Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University uses the visuals of a bell curve and a 3D multi-variate scatterplot to explain how the Pareto Principle relates to inclusive design. 

Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)

Call it Out: Racism, Racial Discrimination and Human Rights, developed by the OHRC is a 30-minute module introducing participants to learning about race, racial discrimination, and human rights protections under Ontario's Human Rights Code.

Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

22 Modules have been developed by the Assembly of First Nations to enhance the understanding of important First Nations topics to ensure both students and teachers are learning in and out of the classroom. The AFN is a national organization guided by an Executive Committee consisting of an elected National Chief and Regional Chiefs from each province and territory.

eCampusOntario Virtual Learning Strategy (VLS)

Universal Design for Learning: Inspiring Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education is an online course developed by George Brown educators Mandy Bonisteel, Ravinder Brar,  Joanna Friend, and Jessica Paterson. The four modules invite "participants to embark on a learning journey where the principles of universal design, equity and inclusion, decolonization, and digital fluency are woven together to create flexible online learning environments that honour learner variability, diversity, and lived experience.” To participate in the modules and complete the certificate course, you must create an account with eCampusOntario.