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Ryerson University, Canada

About the Diversity & Inclusion Company:
Proudly diverse and intentionally inclusive, Ryerson University is committed to community engagement, action, inclusion, respect for Aboriginal perspectives, equity, diversity and putting people first. The Office of the Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion collaborates across campus to make Ryerson a truly inclusive place to learn and work.
How this Equity, Diversity, Inclusion focused company manages EDI?:

Ryerson University Diversity

The Office of the Vice President Equity and Community Inclusion consults and assists departments and faculties to strategically infuse the values of equity, diversity and inclusion into everything they do. We celebrate and support community members focused on advancing EDI.

Proudly diverse and intentionally inclusive, Ryerson University is committed to community engagement, action, inclusion, respect for Aboriginal perspectives, equity, diversity and putting people first. The Office of the Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion collaborates across campus to make Ryerson a truly inclusive place to learn and work.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Services

Aboriginal Initiatives

Ryerson’s Aboriginal Student Services (RASS) provides specialized services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students on campus while developing a mutually productive relationship between Ryerson and the Aboriginal community.


The accessibility unit works to make Ryerson an accessible learning and working environment for students, employees and members of the Ryerson community through the identification, removal and prevention of barriers.

Education and Awareness

Education and Awareness offers a range of consulting services and builds programs for participants to generate, discuss and share ideas that can make the university a more inclusive and welcoming space for everyone.

Human Rights Services

Human Rights Services advocates for a community where the dignity of all members are respected and upheld. This office administers the Discrimination and Harassment Policy.

Research, Planning and Assessment

This unit identifies and achieves equity, diversity and inclusion goals through the collection, analysis and reporting of Ryerson diversity data, the development of project proposals and the research and implementation of best practices.

Ryerson University Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Initiatives

All Gender Washrooms

Everyone needs a washroom! All gender washrooms and inclusive signage are an important part of making our campus safe, accessible and welcoming.

The safety and comfort for trans and gender diverse people in gender segregated spaces is an ongoing issue. All gender washrooms are safe spaces where anyone, regardless of gender identity or presentation, can use the toilet, wash their hands and check the mirror. They decrease anxiety and fear for trans and gender diverse people while using the facilities as there is less chance of physical or verbal harassment or assault—a real and ongoing risk in gender segregated spaces.

Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review

Ryerson is embarking on a campus climate review of Anti-Black Racism (ABR). Nearly 10 years ago, an Anti-Racism Task Force released a report that gave insight to the campus’ climate. A few years later, the Black Liberation Collective – Ryerson, a student group, raised new concerns regarding the prevalence of Anti-Black Racism (ABR) on campus. Now in response, and as the 10th anniversary of that report approaches, Ryerson University is conducting a new Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review. Anyone from the Ryerson community who self-identifies as a Black person is welcome to participate in this review.

What are some good diversity resources suggested by Ryerson University?

Resource list

Author/Publisher Year Media
Critical Readings: Aboriginal Peoples and Racism in Canada Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Contributors: Jacobs, Beverley; Mentor, Darlyn; Naccarato, Rachela 2001 book
Dancing with a Ghost: Exploring Indian Reality Rupert Ross 2006 book
Daughters are Forever Lee Maracle 2002 book
The Inconvenient Indian Thomas King 2012 book
Learning About Walking in Beauty: Placing Aboriginal Perspectives in Canadian Classrooms Canadian Race Relations Foundation 2002 report
Legacy of Hope Foundation Information Package Legacy of Hope Foundation 2013 booklets and CD
“Real” Indians and Others Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood Bonita Lawrence 2004 book
Strong Women Stories Kim Anderson 2010 book
We Were so Far Away – The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools The Legacy of Hope Foundation 2010
Title Author/Publisher Year Media
Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes – Linking Perceptions and Performance Facilitator Guide and Participant Guides Indra Lahiri 2002
Canadian Association for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education (CAPDHHE) Newsletter Volume 18, No.2 CAPDHHE 2006
Canadian Issues – Immigration and the Intersections of Diversity Association for Canadian Studies 2005
The Chief Diversity Officer – Strategy, Structure, and Change Management Damon A. Williams 2013 book
A Class Divided William Peters 1987 book
Cultural Diversity in the Workplace Sally Walton 1994 book
Handbook of Workplace Diversity Alison M Konrad (Author, Editor), Pushkala Prasad (Editor), Judith K Pringle (Editor) 2006 book
Intelligence Report Southern Poverty Law Center 2005
Managing Diversity (3rd edition) Michalle E. Mor Barak 2014 book
Multicultural Resources: An Annotated Bibliography of Video Resources Prepared by the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education 2005
Removing the Margins (The Challenges and Possibilities of Inclusive Schooling) George J. Sefa Dei, Irma Marcia James, Leeno Luke Karumanchery, Sonia James Wilson, Jasmin Zine 2000 book
Stealing Nasreen Farzana Doctor 2007 book
Strategic Diversity Leadership – Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education Damon A. Williams 2013 book
Understanding and Managing Diversity 2nd Edition Carol Harvey and M. June Allard 2001 book
Title Author/Publisher Year Media
The Cost of Bad Behavior Christine Pearson, Christine Porath 2009 book
A Culturally Proficient Response to LGBT Communities – A Guide for Educators Delores B. Lindsey, Randall B. Lindsey, Richard M. Diaz, Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Raymond D. Terrell 2013 book
Disability Awareness – Do It Right! The Ragged Edge Online Community (Author), Mary Johnson (Editor, Other Contributor) 2006 book
Human Resources Guide to Workplace Investigations Janice Rubin 2006 book
Inhabiting Critical Spaces: Teaching and Learning From the Margins at Ryerson University (PDF)

Supporting discussions

Dr. Doreen Fumia, Dr. Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar, Dr. Amina Jamal, Dr. Melanie Knight, Dr. Nicole Neverson 2013 pdf
Managing Conflict at Work Jim Murphy 1994 book
Mediating Employment Disputes Barry Kuretzky, Jennifer Mackenzie 2001 book
Mediation in the Campus Community William C. Warters 1999 book
Microaggressions in Everyday Life Derald Wing Sue 2010 book
A People’s History For the Classroom Bill Bigelow 2008 book
A People’s History of the United States: 1942 – Present Howard Zinn 2005 book
We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know Gary R Howard 2006 book
Title Author/Publisher Year Media
A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism Phyllis Goldstein (Author), Harold Evans (Foreword) 2011 book
Title Author/Publisher Year Media
Queering Bathrooms Sheila L. Cavanagh 2010 book
Sons of the Movement Jean Bobby Noble 2006 book
Creating Authentic Spaces: A Gender Identity and Gender Expression Toolkit to Support the Implementation of Institutional and Social Change (PDF) Jack Hixson-Vulpe, The 519 2015 pdf
Title Author/Publisher Year Media
The Annotated Ontario Human Rights Codes Ontario Human Rights Commission 1993-2004 book
Annual Report: 2001-2002 – OHRC Ontario Human Rights Commission 2002
Anti-Harassment Policies for the Workplace Canadian Human Rights Commission 1998
Canadian Journal of African Studies – Special Issue: Capacity as History and horizon: Infrastructure, autonomy and future in African Health Science and Care Canadian Association of African Studies 2016 book
The Cost of Caring: Reporting on the Consultation on Discrimination on the Basis of Family Status Ontario Human Rights Commission 2006 report
Doing Diversity in Higher education Winnifred R. Brown-Glaude (Editor) 2009 book
Guide to the Human Rights Code Revised by the Ontario Human Rights Commission 2013 book
Guidelines On Accessible Education Ontario Human Rights Commission 2004 report
The Mom Shift Reva Seth 2014 book
Human Rights at Work – 3rd Edition Ontario Human Rights Commission 2008 book
Human Rights Policy in Ontario Ontario Human Rights Commission 1999 book
The Opportunity to Succeed: Achieving Barrier Free Education for Students with Disabilities Ontario Human Rights Commission 2003 report
Paying the Price, The Human Cost of Racial Profiling Ontario Human Rights Commission 2003 book
Policy and Guidelines on Discrimination because of Family Status Ontario Human Rights Commission 2007 report
Policy and Guidelines on Racism and Racial Discrimination Ontario Human Rights Commission 2005 report
Policy on Competing Human Rights Ontario Human Rights Commission 2012 report
Title Author/Publisher Year Media
Against All Odds: The Story of William Peyton Hubbard Black Leader and Municipal Reformer Stephen L. Hubbard, Daniel G. Hill 1987 book
Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil: My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society Inga Muscio 2005 book
Being Black – Essays by Althea Prince Althea Prince 2001 book
Canada’s Economic Apartheid Grace-Edward Galabuzi 2006 book
Challenging Racism in Higher Education: Promoting Justice Mark Chesler; Amanda E. Lewis and Lewis and James E. Crowfoot 2005 book
The Color of Success Gilberto Q. Conchas 2006
Dancing on Live Embers – Challenging Racism in Organizations Barb Thomas and Tina Lopes 2006 book
An Enduring Heritage: Black Contributions to Early Ontario Roger Riendeau 1984 book
Execution Poems George Elliott Clarke 2001 book
I Know Who I Am Yvonne Bobb-Smith 2003 book
Looking White People In The Eye Sherene Razack 1998 book
Memories Have Tongue Afua Cooper 1992
Other Conundrums Monika Kin Gagnon 2000 book
Racial Profiling in Canada Frances Henry, Carol Tator 2006 book
Resisting Discrimination Vijay Agnew 1996 book
Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race, Ethnicity and Culture Carl E. James 1995 book
Sister to Courage Wanda Robson 2010 book
Spirited, Affirming the Soul and Black Gay Lesbian Identity G. Winston James (Editor), Lisa C. Moore (Editor) 2006 book
Talking Back – Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black Bell Hooks 1988 book
Talking Race in the Classroom Jane Bolgatz 2005 book
Transnational Racism and The Right to Have Rights Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality (R.A.C.E.) 2007 report
The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Toronto! Adrienne Shadd (Author), Afua Cooper (Author), Karolyn Smardz Frost 2002 book
Unfinished Business – Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools Pedro A. Noguera (Editor), Jean Yonemura Wing (Editor) 2006 book
Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged! Jody Nysaha Warner (Author), Richard Rudnicki (Illustrator) 2010 book
We Shall Overcome Herb Boyd 2004 book
Title Author/Publisher Year Media
Crossing the Line: Violence and Sexual Assault in Canada’s National Sport Laura Robinson 1998 book
May I Kiss You – A candid look at dating, communication, respect and sexual assault awareness Michael J. Domitrz 2003 book
Violence in the Workplace Prevention Guide – 3rd Edition Prepared by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety 2010
Title Author/Publisher Year Media
About Canada: Queer Rights Peter Knegt 2011 book
Beyond the Queer Alphabet: Conversations on Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality (PDF) Edited by Malinda S. Smith and Fatima Jeffer 2012 pdf
Intolerable – A Memoir of Extremes Kamal Al-Solaylee 2012 book
Queering the Colour Line Siobhan B. Somerville 2000 book

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