The University of Guelph has a long-standing commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion – our commitment is outlined the University’s strategic framework, Our Path Forward. A key pillar within framework is a dedication to Nurturing our Distinctive Culture by working together openly, respectfully, and inclusively.

With the increasing visibility of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism in Canada and around the world, U of G recognizes the importance of continuing to take action against all forms of racism and discrimination in our community.

To advance this important work, I have launched the President’s Advisory Committee on Anti-Racism. This committee will work collaboratively to develop an anti-racism policy and help build even more inclusive and diverse campuses and help implement the University’s Anti-Racism Action Plan. Nominations are open now.

The Action Plan will help support and build on the work of the Indigenous Initiatives Strategic Task Force. This working group, formed from the President’s Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Initiatives, has developed an Indigenous Initiatives Strategy. Created with the support of students, staff, faculty, and community members, the strategy includes recommendations for further Indigenization and reconciliation activities in the areas of governance, pedagogy and curriculum, research and scholarship, Indigenous student support, and campus environment.

Together, we can create lasting change to improve life for everyone at the University of Guelph.