• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group

    The new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group (DEI WG) was established in Summer 2020 to address anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism. The DEI WG is working to establish a strategic plan that identifies actions to cultivate a vibrant and inclusive academic and work environment at the Schulich School of Business. The DEI WG was initially mandated to address the following priority areas.

    1. Identify ways to create greater Black and Indigenous representation among our students;
    2. Identify ways to create greater Black and Indigenous representation among staff, instructors, and faculty;
    3. Integrate Black and Indigenous perspectives into our curriculum and learning;
    4. Strengthen our engagement with external stakeholders, within and outside York University, aimed at developing careers of Black and Indigenous people;
    5. Foster a culture of inclusion of Black and Indigenous staff, students, instructors, and faculty that involves safety around having conversations about race and racism, active allyship, and being your authentic self.

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    Preliminary Issues and Recommendations ›
    Ongoing Initiatives ›
    Meet the Members ›

INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We recognize that many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.

 

Share your Input

We are listening. If you have comments, ideas, stories, or feedback please share them here. We will integrate your feedback and anecdotes into the working recommendations. All comments will be treated confidentially and will only be read by members of the DEI WG.

 

Preliminary Issues and Recommendations

Throughout fall 2020 and winter 2021, members of the DEI WG collected data about experiences of racism, equity, and inclusion at Schulich. These data and additional research helped the DEI WG craft recommendations, which are summarized below. These preliminary recommendations—reflecting short-, medium-, and longer-term objectives—are a work in progress and will change as the DEI WG continues its work. The DEI WG plans to create a full report and present that report to the entire Schulich community in spring 2021.

Short-Term Recommendations

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To be implemented in spring and summer 2021

  1. Formation of Equity, People and Culture (EPC) Committee [working title]
    • Faculty Council committee to continue mandate of DEI Working Group, with two particular focus on decolonization, Indigeneity, anti-racism, equity, and inclusion at Schulich
    • Formation of two sub-committees, one focused on Indigenous initiatives and another on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  1. Appointment of Director of EPC
    • Chairs EPC Committee and supports implementation of EPC recommendations
  1. Formulate Schulich Anti-Racism Mission Statement and Policy 
  1. Data Collection and Reporting of Representation of Faculty, Instructors, Staff, and students
  1. Curriculum Champions
    • Re-configuration of program learning objectives
    • Identification of courses to integrate learning objectives
    • Collaboration between Program Directors and Area Coordinators
  1. Incorporate Inclusivity as a Measure of Teaching Effectiveness in Course Evaluations
  1. Standardize and Formalize Hiring Process for Instructors 
  1. Build Equity, Diversity and Inclusion into Job Descriptions and Job Criteria for Faculty, Staff, and Instructors
  1. Create Safe Reporting Procedure for Incidents of Harassment and Discrimination
    • Also include remedying and penalty process to be detailed in Schulich’s Anti-Racism Policy
    • Accessible for all faculty, instructors, staff, and students
  1. Scholarships and Bursaries for Black and Indigenous Students

Medium-term recommendations

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To be implemented in fall 2021

  1. Implement intercultural awareness training—including Indigeneity, decolonization, and anti-racism—for all new employees 
  1. Develop and Offer Ongoing Intercultural Awareness training—Including Indigeneity, decolonization, and anti-racism—for all faculty and instructors
  1. Symbolic Changes to Schulich’s Physical and Social Environment
    • Incorporate art of, by, and from Black and Indigenous artists into our hallways and environment
    • Celebrate events honouring the contributions of Black and Indigenous people
  1. Secure Positive Space for Black and Indigenous Members of Schulich’s community

Longer-Term Recommendations

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To be implemented in 2022

  1. Offer Support Services for Racialized members of Schulich’s Community
  1. Implement Intercultural Awareness Training into All Core Courses
  1. Reconfigure Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Process to Increase Accessibility for All Students
  1. Reconfigure Recruitment Process for Hiring of Black and Indigenous Faculty and Instructors
 

Ongoing Initiatives

Although much work needs to be done, there are also initiatives underway. Below is a list of ongoing initiatives.

  • Schulich School of Business co-sponsors special event, “Living in Reciprocity: Black, Brown, and Indigenous Solidarities.” Find out more information here.
  • Black Graduate Business Network (BGBN) for graduate students. More information can be found at their website.
  • Black Student Association (BSA) for undergraduate students. They can be reached by email at: schulichbsa@gmail.com
  • Business Certificate Program with A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (ADBCC) headed by Ashwin Joshi (Associate Professor of Marketing). This partnership involves webinars about marketing, human resource management, and operations management for Canadians of African and Caribbean ancestry.
    • More information can be found at the ADBCC webpage.
    • See the announcement of the program with Ashwin Joshi and Itah Sadu here.
  • New Schulich Black and Indigenous Student Bursary
    • More information can be found here
 

Meet the Members

Brent Lyons
blyons@schulich.yorku.ca

Chair

Associate Professor of Organization Studies
York Research Chair in Stigmatization and Social Identity

Marcia Annisette

Advisor

Professor of Accounting
Associate Dean, Academic

Carl James

Advisor

Professor of Education
Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community, & Diaspora
Senior Advisor on Equity and Representation at York University

Reni Odetoyinbo

Alumni Representative

BBA ‘18
Marketing Manager, BMO Private Wealth

David Griffiths

Alumni Representative

MBA ‘09
Sr. Managing Consultant, IBM Canada

Dennis Mitchell

Alumni Representative

MBA ‘03
CEO & CIO
Starlight Capital

Kikeloye Oyerinde

Alumni Representative

IMBA '20
(Former GBC President 2019-2020)
Wealth Management Generalist
RBC Global Asset Management

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Alumni

MBA '06
Post-doctoral Fellow in Explainability & Trust in AI Systems at the Lassonde School of Engineering
Chair, CARE for Internationally Educated Nurses
Former Technical Advisor in Innovation, Science and Competitiveness to the President of Haiti

Ivona Hideg

Faculty Representative

Associate Professor of Organization Studies
Ann Brown Chair in Organization Studies

Ela Veresiu

Faculty Representative

Associate Professor of Marketing

Mike Valente

Faculty Representative

Associate Professor of Organization Studies and Business Sustainability
Director BBA/iBBA programs

Cynthia Loch-Drake

Instructor Representative

Course Instructor
History of Capitalism

Ushnish Sengupta

Instructor Representative

Course Instructor
Project Management and Information Systems

Michelle Hughes

Staff Representative

Recruitment & Communication Coordinator

Paula Gowdie Rose

Staff Representative

Administrative Assistant

April J. Walker

Staff Representative

Student Success Coordinator

Balaaj Durrani

Student Representative

BBA Candidate
President at Undergraduate Business Society

Benita Munzundu

Student Representative

BBA Candidate
Founding President at Schulich Black Student Association

Shirin Dinyarian

Student Representative

BBA Candidate
Vice President of Operations at Undergraduate Business Society

Sara Reza

Student Representative

BBA Candidate

Daniela Espitia Garcia

Student Representative

MMKG Candidate '21
Student Representative

Sydney Sebro

Student Representative

MBA Candidate
Social Director at Graduate Business Council

Mathuri Mayakrishnan

Student Representative
MBA Candidate
Corporate Relations Manager at Graduate Business Council

Jessica Harry

Student Representative
MMgt Candidate
Digital Social Events Manager at Graduate Business Council

Camellia Bryan

Research Assistant

PhD Candidate