Equity Matters

Save the date for the next Equity Matters Seminar, featuring Indigenous author Daniel Heath Justice.

Wednesday, March 2, 2023
10 - 11:30 am

Please plan to join us in person on campus or online via Zoom.


The Equity Matters Seminar Series provides an opportunity for the University of Toronto Scarborough community 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.  Questions can be directed to Eileen Egan-Lee, Faculty Development Administrator.


The Spring 2022 Equity Matters Seminar featured Professor Carmen G. González:

Part A - Presumed Incompetent:  Lessons from the Struggle and Victories of Racialized and Indigenous Women in Academia
Carmen Gonzalez

Monday 9 May, 2022 (online)  



Drawing upon the personal narratives and empirical studies in Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia (2020), Professor Carmen G. González discussed the obstacles that racialized and Indigenous women encounter as scholars, teachers, and participants in faculty governance, and the strategies that can be deployed to remove these barriers.  This presentation will be of interest to those who seek to achieve greater equity and inclusion in the academic workplace. Following the seminar, a discussion was facilitated by Professor Sharlene Mollett.  If you would like to familiarize yourself with the Presumed Incompetent volumes, Professor González recommends the following from the 2012 edition.  A recording of the seminar is also now available to view.


The first 20 registrants have been notified that they will be receiving a paper copy of the second edition. Both editions have been made available to read online through the U of T Library.   

Part B - Presumed Incompetent, Continued Discussion with UTSC Racialized and Indigenous Women Faculty  
Following the seminar on May 9, Professor González met with UTSC Racialized and Indigenous Women Faculty to continue the discussion of struggles and victories.  Professor Sharlene Mollett (Distinguished Professor of Feminist Cultural Geography and Chair of Global Development Studies) facilitated the informal and closed discussion.
Monday 9 May, 2022 (online)
3:00 – 4:30 pm EST 

Carmen G. González is the Morris I. Leibman Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on international environmental law, environmental justice, human rights and the environment, and the global food system. She also writes on issues on race, gender, and class, and is co-editor of the critically acclaimed book, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (2012) and most recently Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia (2020). Professor González is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.  She practiced law in the private sector and in government for a decade before commencing her academic career. Professor González has served as a Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court, a Fulbright scholar in Argentina, a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, and the George Soros Visiting Chair at the Central European University School of Public Policy. She has taught law in Latin America, China, and Europe, and has served as an advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on environmental justice matters.  Her latest book, The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2021.


Professor Sharlene Mollett is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Global Development Studies with cross-appointments in the Departments of Human Geography (UTSC) and the Graduate Program in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. As a feminist political ecologist and cultural geographer, her work interrogates multiple forms of power shaping land conflicts in Latin America.  Drawing insights from postcolonial, decolonial and critical feminist/racial studies in the Americas, Mollett examines the myriad ways race, gender and sexuality shape natural resource conflicts and land control embedded in a variety of international development projects, namely, protected area management, land registration and residential tourism development in Central America. Broadly, her interests include how place-specific representations and meanings of race, gender and sexuality shape the lives of Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, and campesinos and their relations with each other, the state and elites. Mollett has published widely in a variety of top-tier geography and regional journals such as the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Antipode, Latin American Research Review, Gender, Place and Culture and Cultural Geographies. She currently holds the award and corresponding title, Distinguished Professor in Feminist Cultural Geography, Nature and Society at the University of Toronto, 2020-2024, and finally, serves on the editorial team at Social and Cultural Geography.




Previously offered in the Equity Matters Seminar Series
  • Equity Matters: A Conversation with the UTSC Campus Curriculum Review Working Circle, November 2021.  **Recording available here.** During this session, the Working Circle shared preliminary findings of the campus-wide curriculum review, launched last fall to assess curriculum and related pedagogical supports as part of the campus’ commitment to inclusion, equity, decolonization and anti-racism. UTSC faculty, librarians, staff and students provided feedback as the Working Circle finalizes an action plan and recommendations. More information about the curriculum review: Curriculum Review websiteUTSC Campus Curriculum Review Terms of Reference, 2020-2021UTSC article: Inclusion at the centre of curriculum review working circle
  • Equity Matters: Building a More Inclusive CurriculumAmy Sueyoshi, Dean, San Francisco State University, January 2020. **Recording available here** This online event was organized in conjunction with campus-wide conversations about curriculum renewal as we work to ensure our commitment to inclusion, Indigeneity, and anti-racism outlined in the UTSC Strategic Plan is reflected across our programs, curriculum, pedagogical approaches and supports. The seminar, given by Dean Amy Sueyoshi (San Francisco State University), discussed a campus-wide initiative Sueyoshi led to promote undergraduate education in race, ethnicity, social justice, and equity. A panel discussion led by Professor Aarthi Ashok, Professor Dani Kwan-Lafond and Professor Lance McCready followed to discuss learnings, the local context and possible next steps. Discussions were moderated by Professor Jessica Fields and Professor Katherine Larson. 
  • Equity Matters: Representation at UofT: Are we Turning the TIDE? - Maydianne Andrade, Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs & Equity, University of Toronto Scarborough; February 2020. In this session, former Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs & Equity Maydianne Andrade discussed some of the challenges to the hiring and retention of diverse people in the academy, and reviewed programs at U of T aimed at ensuring equitable representation.  The seminar was followed by a lunch and panel discussion with Prof. Mark Campbell and Prof. Prof Ruby Sullan to discuss learnings from the series to date within the local context, and importantly: where do we go from here?  
  • Equity Matters: Strongly Committed to Diversity - Professor Carl James, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora, Faculty of Education, York University; October 2020. In this conversation, we reflected on the ‘strength’ of the ‘commitment to employment equity and diversity within the university community,’ and the efforts it takes to “contribute to the further diversification of [scholarly] ideas.” We examined the ways in which such commitments – commonly seen in universities’ Diversity Statement and job advertisements – are operationalized and hence evident in the hiring, retention and promotion of “designated group” scholars, as well as administrators and staff. For despite these statements of commitment to equity, diversity, access and inclusion, there are disconcerting paradoxes between the stated policies and the programs and practices of institutions. The fact is, as many have observed – and supported by research studies – even with the “multicultural” and community programs, the diverse student bodies, website images, and investigation reports, there continues to be lack of diversity amongst faculty.

  • Equity Matters - Seminar & Discussion with Professor Imogen Coe, Dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University; January 2019. In this session, Prof. Coe presented a talk on EDI in STEM, which was followed by a discussion.

  • Equity Matters: Beyond Contested Diversities: Intersectional Equity Matters at Canadian Universities - Professor Malinda Smith, Pierre Elliot Trudeau Fellow; Provost Fellow, University of Alberta; October 2018. In this session, Prof. Smith presented data from her co-authored book 'The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities, which was followed by a discussion.

  • Equity Matters: Finding Ways to Honour the Trailblazing Women of the Past & Future – Elly Zupko, communications specialist, founder of SMLX Good; 2017. In 2014, people across the world saw a lead scientist from the European Space Agency appear on international television to talk about the Philae lander mission wearing a garment covered in scantily-clad women. It became known as “that shirt.” Elly responded by designing “that other shirt,” which features over 50 notable women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). Her successful Kickstarter campaign led to the formation of a non-profit, SMLX Good, which supports STEM programs for girls and has raised over $40,000. Elly discussed how women in STEM & EDI are supported through SMLX Good.


Questions? Please contact Eileen Egan-Lee, Faculty Development Administrator.