About the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
About Our Office
The Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) is part of the Office of the Dean at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine. The mandate of the OID is to support the Faculty’s commitment to lead in the area of equity, inclusion and diversity, and to create and promote innovative and accountable diversity and equity related programming in collaboration with other members of the Faculty of Medicine community as well as external partners, which include the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) and community organizations.
The Faculty of Medicine’s 2018-2023 Academic Strategic Plan names “Excellence through Equity” as one of the three Strategic Domains of Focus. The OID is committed to working in collaboration with all departments across the Faculty of Medicine to achieve this focus and carry out the OID mandate, which includes the following initiatives:
- Design programs and policies that support and promote an inclusive learning and working environment at the Faculty of Medicine
- Provide advice, guidance, and support on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and human rights on an as-needed basis to all members of the Faculty of Medicine community
- Advise and collaborate with Faculty of Medicine learners, staff and faculty members on the implementation of equity and diversity priorities for the Faculty of Medicine in the areas of admissions, recruitment, curriculum education, and retention
- Create ongoing opportunities to collaborate within and across other faculties at U of T on matters of diversity, inclusion and equity
- Coordinate and chair the Faculty of Medicine’s Diversity Advisory Council, a committee dedicated to implementing and moving forward the Faculty of Medicine’s priority initiatives in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto is committed to the principles of inclusion and diversity in all that we do. This includes:
creating, supporting and maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying and disrespectful behaviour.
striving to recruit and retain learners, staff and faculty that reflect the diversity of Canadian society.
assuring that our programs and curricula prepare our graduates to meet the needs of the diverse communities they will serve in their careers in Canada and around the world,
Although the Faculty of Medicine has highlighted in its Diversity Statement that three particular groups have been targeted for priority attention (Indigenous, Black, and the economically disempowered), the Faculty of Medicine is committed to working with all underrepresented/minoritized populations (including LGBTQ2S people, racialized groups, people with disabilities, those from rural or remote communities, and more) in order to advance all forms of equity, and in particular, health equity.
The Faculty of Medicine is committed to the principles of allyship, with the acknowledgement that people in positions of privilege must be willing to align themselves in solidarity with marginalized groups.
Faculty of Medicine's Diversity Statement
Our learners, graduates, faculty, staff and partners will be an unparalleled force for new knowledge, better health and equity.
We will cultivate and bring to life ideas that impact scholarship and society through unprecedented collaboration drawing in the diverse voices of our research, learning and clinical network.
In achieving this, we will make inclusion and equity essential components of how we define and foster excellence in scholarship, practice and health outcomes. Individuals across the Faculty of Medicine, regardless of how they identify, will be invited to have a voice and be empowered to effect change. Our environment will draw in and draw on our global outlook through diverse perspectives from a range of disciplines. Our graduates will be internationally recognized as a change force for equity.
We work in the context of a university fully committed to principles and programs for equity and diversity (University of Toronto, Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Excellence, 2006).
Purpose of the University: “The University of Toronto is dedicated to fostering an academic community in which the learning and scholarship of every member may flourish, with vigilant protection for individual human rights, and a resolute commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, equity and justice.”
The 2017-18 strategic planning process has reaffirmed our commitment to equity and diversity as key factors in fulfilling our social responsibility. We continually reassess our strategic goals and adjust as indicated. At present, we are identifying three groups for priority attention:
- Indigenous Peoples of Canada (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis)
- People of African ancestry
- The economically disadvantaged
We are also committed to the principles of equity as defined in the policies of the university and provide a welcoming and accommodating environment to all including sexual and gender minorities, racialized people and people with disabilities.