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Office of Inclusion and Diversity

Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan: Created and Finalized in September 2020 by the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, Co-Chaired by Dr. Onye Nnorom and Mr. Ike Okafor

Statements in Solidarity with U of T's Asian Community Members

Support for India

As we watch the heartbreaking impact of COVID-19 in India, Dean Trevor Young expresses his deepest sympathy and support for our colleagues, learners and staff among the South Asian diaspora across the Temerty Faculty of Medicine:

OID Statement of Solidarity: Resisting Anti-Blackness

We want to express our solidarity with Black communities and recognize the collective pain and anger that is being felt in the wake of recent events. Our Office's Statement of Solidarity:

Message on COVID-19, Allyship and EDI Supports

The Faculty of Medicine's Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) has an important message on COVID-19 and equity-related issues, including anti-East Asian racism and allyship.

Please check out the message and share widely:

What We Do

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) supports  Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s commitment to Excellence through Equity, one of the three Strategic Domains of Focus named in the 2018-2023 Academic Strategic Plan.

Our Office is committed to working collaboratively to achieve the following initiatives:

  • Design programs and policies that promote an equitable, inclusive and diverse environment
  • Provide guidance and support on EDI and human rights issues
  • Advise and collaborate on implementing EDI priorities

Contact us if you:

  • Are interested in collaborating on an equity event or initiative, such as a Diversity Dialogue Event
  • Would like guidance and support on EDI and human rights issues (e.g. experiences of discrimination/harassment)
  • Want to request an equity workshop for Faculty of Medicine learners, staff or faculty members

Our Team

  • Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations, Professor Lisa Robinson (she/her pronouns)
  • Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Anita Balakrishna (she/her pronouns)
  • Administrative Assistant, Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Christina Stevancec (she/her pronouns)

Interested in collaborating on an equity event or initiative, looking for guidance and support on EDI issues, or want to request an equity workshop for Temerty Faculty of Medicine learners, staff or faculty members? Contact us at

    Equity Workshops

    The Office of Inclusion and Diversity offers equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) workshops, information sessions, and training opportunities for learners, staff and faculty members. Request one today!

    Diversity Dialogue Events

    Diversity Dialogue events facilitate discussion and reflection on issues related to equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice in healthcare practice and research. Check out upcoming events or collaborate on creating one.

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Fund

    Have a great idea for an EDI initiative? Transform your idea into action by applying to the EDI Action Fund and receive up to $500!

    Learner Equity Action and Discussion (LEAD) Committee

    If you are a Faculty of Medicine learner that is interested in equity, inclusion and diversity, join the LEAD Committee to discuss and respond to EDI concerns in a supportive community.

    Diversity Mentorship Program for MD Students and 1st Year Residents

    The Diversity Mentorship Program (DMP) aims to connect U of T medical students or first year residents from underrepresented/minoritized groups to faculty mentors who are able to support and assist them in their educational and professional growth.

    Unconscious Bias and Search Committee Resources

    Unconscious or implicit bias "refers to those attitudes and stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner" (The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity). These internalized biases can affect many...

    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. Read the Faculty of Medicine's Diversity Statement

    Allyship and Inclusion at the Faculty of Medicine

    Allies acknowledge that there are injustices in society and that those who have been given more power and privilege based on their identities have a responsibility to respond to any form of oppression in our communities.

    Microaggressions and Allyship Campagin

    The goal of the Microaggressions and Allyship Campaign (#UofTMedCARES) is to increase the awareness of microaggressions and their impact, begin discussions around microaggressions and allyship.

    Access to Medical Sciences Building Multi-Faith Room

    Dear University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine learners, staff and faculty members,

    Please be advised that the following changes have been applied to the Multi-Faith Room of the Medical Sciences Building at 1 King's College Circle:

    The use of the Multi-Faith Room was previously a resource for Faculty of Medicine MD students. It is now open to anyone who wishes to use it.

    Although the Multi-Faith Room had been closed due to the pandemic, this room will be open and ready for use as of Wednesday, February 24, 2021. The following health and safety measures have been put into place:

    a)  Hand sanitizer and room capacity signage (a maximum of 1 person at a time).

    b)  Caretaking will clean high touch surfaces (primarily doorknobs) twice daily as per Public Health recommendations.

    c)  The door to the Multi-Faith Room will be unlocked, 24/7 (as other public areas are in the Medical Sciences Building) and building patrol will check the room sporadically overnight (8pm to 5am).

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at, or Space Planning at


    Office of Inclusion and Diversity


    Land Acknowledgment: We acknowledge the land on which the Faculty of Medicine operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.