The University of Guelph is committed to identifying and addressing racism, hatred and discrimination in all its forms. The Anti-Racism Action Plan, introduced in Fall 2020, is a live roadmap, designed to help us create the supports and resources needed to meet the diverse needs of our U of G community and to build a strong foundation for our future.

Transparency and accountability are key in our approach to combatting racism at the University of Guelph. As this plan continues to evolve and change based on ongoing conversations and partnerships with members of our university community, you can follow along with, and learn more about the progress we are making on the 14 actions and initiatives identified in our Anti-Racism Action Plan below.

Please note that we continue to invest time and resources into the actions that have been marked ‘Complete’ as it is critical these initiatives are maintained and evolved based on changing needs and feedback. Where relevant, we have also identified key next steps for completed actions.

If you have feedback or ideas on any of the actions, please contact dhrinfo@uoguelph.ca.

Education, Training, and Engagement

Action Key Updates Status
1 The President’s Advisory Committee on Anti-Racism
  • Committee was formed January 2021
  • Committee has met four times – Three times in the Winter 2021 semester, and once in the Fall 2021 semester
  • Committee is focusing on developing a university Anti-Racism Policy, as well as diverse hiring and employment equity strategies
  • An Anti-Racism Policy subcommittee has been struck and has begun exploring the development of an anti-racism policy statement which will be launched in Winter 2022 (Jan/Feb)
  • * While marked ‘complete’, this action is ongoing as the Committee continues to provide valuable feedback on action plan initiatives (including work on an Anti-Racism Policy Statement for the University) and continues to work to address racism and discrimination at the U of G *
Complete
2 Special Advisor to Provost on Academic Equity & Anti-Racism
  • Updates are forthcoming
In Planning
3 Undergraduate Course: Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Oppression
  • The Office of Diversity and Human Rights (DHR) created a for-credit, undergraduate course (UNIV*2010 – Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Oppression) that ran in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021
  • This course engages students in an introductory discussion of anti-discrimination and anti-oppression principles and examines social theories of anti-oppression, established principles of intersectional allyship and strategies to foster and support inclusive spaces
  • Due to popular demand, the course’s capacity was increased twice to a maximum of 150 and filled up quickly
  • This course is being offered again in Fall 2021
  • * While marked ‘complete’, this action is ongoing as the Office of Diversity and Human Rights continues to update and offer this course *
Complete
4 Canadian Black Studies Minor
  • The College of Arts’ Black Canadian Studies minor has been developed and is launching Fall 2022
  • This program has a specific focus on the study of the Black Canadian experience and was developed in collaboration with the Guelph Black Student Association
  • This program offers a broad, multi-disciplinary selection of courses, including subject matter in creative expressions and literature, political and labour movements, and issues of language, law, immigration, and health
  • Graduates will be prepared for employment in a variety of areas, including public relations, education policy research, employment counselling, human resources professionals, and management in a host of areas
In Progress
5 Deliver Anti-Racism and Anti-Bias Training For University Leadership Team
  • The Office of Diversity and Human Rights (DHR) facilitated anti-racism and anti-bias training for the University Leadership Team in November 2020
  • Other training sessions were held for the Board of Governors, Council of Academic Chairs, Dean’s Council, Residence Staff, Athletics, Office of the Registrar, new faculty, Ontario Agriculture College, Ontario Veterinary College, Presidential Search Committee, unions and the School of Engineering
  • Since June 2020, DHR has facilitated over 111 training sessions with more than 3,000 participants which is almost five times more participants than the 2018-2019 academic year
  • DHR has hired another Training Officer and is currently working on enhancing and expanding training offerings and workshops for the 2021-2022 academic year
  • * While marked complete, education is a lifelong pursuit. The Office of Diversity and Human Rights continues to offer anti-oppression, anti-bias, anti-discrimination, anti-racism, and customized training to members of the U of G community *
Complete
6 Video Webinar series on Anti-Racism, Inclusion & Allyship
  • The Office of Diversity and Human Rights (DHR) is developing a video webinar series that explore how to be an effective anti-racism ally, how to identify and address microaggressions, and how to be an inclusive leader
  • This series has been written and recorded by DHR and is currently being fine-tuned to be launched in Fall 2021
In Progress
7 Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression Online Training Module
  • In September 2020, the University launched an online training module called Principles of Belonging: Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism that is mandatory for all new, incoming undergraduate students and strongly encouraged for all students, faculty, and staff
  • This module has been completed by 4,105 community members and explores concepts such as systemic racism, power, privilege, allyship, microaggressions, and cultural appropriation
  • The Office of Diversity and Human Rights (DHR) and Open Learning & Educational Support have expanded the module platform, and the online training is now available and has been shared with Canadian university partners, community organizations and corporations
  • DHR & Open Learning and Educational Support have also created an updated and revitalized version of the module which is now available to the public as a distance learning offering
  • * While marked complete, this training is continuing to be offered through Courselink. The next step is to make this training mandatory for every member of the U of G community including staff, faculty, and graduate students *
  • Learn more
Complete

Data Collection, Reporting and Employment Equity

Action Key Updates Status
8 Campus-Wide Self-Identification Student Data Survey
  • The Office of Diversity and Human Rights (DHR) and Institutional Research and Planning (IRP) are to developing student, faculty, and staff self-ID surveys to gain a more fulsome picture of U of G’s diversity
  • The data collected will be presented in an intersectional and disaggregated way
  • A working group that includes (IRP, DHR, HR, CP&A, Student Experience, and Indigenous Initiatives) has been struck and plans to launch the survey in Fall 2021 are underway
  • The U of G Community Census launched on November 15, 2021 and is currently open to students, staff and faculty
In Progress
9 Report on BIPOC Community Representation at the U of G
  • This report will be prepared following the Self-ID survey, which launched on November 15th, 2021
  • The report will be ready for distribution winter 2022
In Planning
10 Launch Indigenous Initiatives Strategy
  • Based on a series of reports and recommendations stemming from working groups of the President’s Advisory Committee on Indigenous Initiatives, the Indigenous Initiatives Strategy was launched winter 2021
  • The strategy provides an overview of the current state of Indigenous actions on campus and a way forward in the areas of governance, Indigenous student support, pedagogy and curriculum, research and scholarship and campus environment
  • Learn more
Complete
11 Develop a BIPOC Hiring Action Plan and Student Recruitment Initiative
  • A working group has formed by the Provost to develop an on-going strategy/plan for hiring and supporting Black and Indigenous faculty, and for curricular and pedagogical innovation in support of inclusion, anti-racism, indigenization, and decolonization
In Planning

Supports for the U of G Community

Action Key Updates Status
12 Active Fundraising for Scholarships for BIPOC students
  • Announced in February 2021, U of G now offers 10 undergraduate entrance awards, 11 undergraduate in-course awards and six graduate awards to support students from BIPOC communities
  • These awards build on existing University awards, such as the Indigenous Graduate Scholarship, which has supported First Nation, Inuit and Metis graduate students with multiple awards of $120,000 for doctoral students and $30,000 for master’s students since 2016
  • Learn more
Complete
13 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Enhancement Fund
  • An annual $200,000 fund to support members of the U of G community promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts has been developed
  • Since 2020, the Office of Diversity and Human Rights was able to fund 28 projects, including Black History Month, Indigenous Lecture series, Anti-Bias & Inclusion professional book study, an Indigenous art Installation, BIPOC Mentorship programs, research studies, accessibility podcast, anti-racism conference, EDI workshop, an LGBTQ2SIA+ fitness program and more
  • The next round of funding will be launched in March 2022
  • * While this is marked complete, this is an annual fund providing financial support to individuals or groups at the U of G promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts *
  • Learn more
Complete
14 Counsellors for Students, Faculty and Staff
  • Counselling Services in Student Wellness posted for a 10-month RFT continuing appointment as a point person for our BIPOC student community
  • More updates are forthcoming
In Progress