The work of our Equity Offices is essential in realizing the University’s commitment to equity and excellence.
The University of Toronto has specialized Equity Offices that are unique to our institution. Together, we advance the University’s commitment to equity and excellence and meet the complex needs of our tri-campus community. These Offices support the U of T community by engaging in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) education and initiatives while implementing change to build capacity and knowledge.
When members of our community seek support, we encourage connecting with our subject matter experts for guidance and advice. For assistance with understanding relevant policy, learning what supports are available and discussing specific situations, please send an email to the relevant Equity Office(s).
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Office ensures that U of T is meeting the AODA standard obligations as legislated by the Province of Ontario and makes the University accessible for all staff, faculty, librarians and students. The Office delivers online and in-person trainings, as well as provides outreach and resources among other support services.
To visit the student accommodations, visit Accessibility Services
The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office provides services to support University members in their efforts to foster environments that are intentionally racially diverse and inclusive through the advancement of equitable practices, education and training and the provision of complaints resolution supports on matters of race, faith and intersecting identities as guided by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
The Family Care Office (FCO) provides confidential guidance, resources, referrals, educational programming and advocacy for the U of T community and their families. They raise awareness of family care issues central to the achievement of educational and employment equity at the U of T. The Office supports current U of T students, staff, faculty, librarians, post-doctoral fellows and their families with many family care related issues. The FCO has always emphasized an inclusive definition of family.
The Office of Indigenous Initiatives supports and guides the U of T community as it continues to work towards reconciliation. Efforts are directed towards listening, coordinating, advising and collaborating with academic and non-academic communities in addressing the Calls to Action. The Office intersects with areas such as teaching and learning, student experience, Faculty and staff recruitment and engagement and community-based research.
The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office provides innovative education, programming, resources and advocacy on sexual and gender diversity for students, staff and faculty across the University’s three campuses. The SGDO develops partnerships to build supportive learning and working communities at U of T by working towards equity and challenging discrimination.
University of Toronto Mississauga Campus
The Equity & Diversity Office (EDO) provides programs and services to students, staff, and faculty at UTM. In cooperation with its campus partners, the EDO promotes an equitable and inclusive campus community, free from discrimination or harassment based on age, ancestry, citizenship, colour, creed, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, place of origin, race, record of offences, sex, and/or sexual orientation.
University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office promotes an equitable and inclusive campus community, free from discrimination or harassment based on the grounds covered by the Ontario Human Rights Code. The EDIO serves UTSC faculty, staff and students by providing many unique training opportunities, consulting with campus partners on new equity initiatives, and supporting human rights complainants to reach a resolution. The EDIO supports, advises and shares best practices with campus partners on ways to address systemic barriers and create change in their practices and processes.
The Community Safety Office responds to students, staff, and faculty members of the U of T community who are dealing with personal and/or workplace issues that impact their personal safety. The staff addresses the complaint, assesses the personal and community safety risks and provides a continuum of intervention options that the complainant can explore in order to address their personal safety concern(s). Additionally, the Office provides consultation to those dealing with difficult behavior, facilitates women’s self-defense sessions, and organizes meetings for U of T Men Against Violence.
Indigenous Student Services/First Nations House provides culturally relevant services to Indigenous students in support of academic success, personal growth and leadership development. They also offer learning opportunities for all students to engage with Indigenous communities within the University of Toronto and beyond.
Health & Well-being Services & Programs supports U of T employees and managers involved in sick leave, long-term disability, occupational health issues, workplace injuries, and workplace accommodation for employees with disabilities. Among other things, the Office provides information on workplace health, injury, illness and accommodation, as well as support to ease employees’ transition back to work after illness or injury.
The Multi-Faith Centre supports the spiritual well-being of everyone on campus and provides opportunities for people to learn from each other while exploring questions of meaning, purpose and identity.The Centre’s facilities and programs accommodate a wide variety of spiritual and faith-based practices and encourage interfaith dialogue and spiritual development as part of the learning experience for all students.
Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre, created in 2017, is the newest addition to the Equity Offices. The Centre works to create a campus environment where all members of the University community can study, work and live free from sexual violence. SVPSC has locations on each of the three campuses to help students, staff and faculty who have been affected by sexual violence or sexual harassment access support, services and accommodations.