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(2011-2012 HR#24) Staff Announcement: New Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Officer

Date: January 10, 2012
To: PDAD&C; Professional & Managerial Staff; Confidential Staff; Research Associates; President of UTFA; Presidents of Employee Unions; Presidents of Student Associations
From: Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
Re: Staff Announcement: New Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Officer

I am pleased to announce that effective Wednesday, January 11, Sandra Carnegie-Douglas will join U of T as our new Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Officer.

The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Officer serves the three campuses and works to ensure that every member of the University community is afforded the right to study and work in an environment free of biases based on race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship or creed.

Specifically, Sandra will be responsible for policies and practice and issues management, as well as developing and leading related professional development and educational initiatives for the University community in the area of anti-racism and diversity. In addition, she will represent U of T on relevant internal and external committees.

Sandra’s background has established her well for this position. Her experience includes working as the Program Director, Policy & Special Projects with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation; seven years as Executive Coordinator with the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC); Workplace Discrimination & Harassment Prevention Policy Investigator / Trainer with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, and eight years as Senior Race Relations Officer with the Metropolitan Toronto Housing Authority. Most recently, Sandra served as the Diversity Manager in the Toronto Public Library’s Human Resources Division.

Beyond her professional life, her commitment carries through in her community engagement efforts including tenure as President of the Jamaican Canadian Association and the Co-founder and Spokesperson of The Coalition of African Canadian Community Organizations.

Sandra is a U of T grad (B. Sc. Psychology), has a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Ryerson, and last year obtained a Masters of Education from York University.

Part of Sandra’s orientation will be to meet with various groups at each campus and my office will assist in making those arrangements over the next several weeks.

Please join me in welcoming Sandra to this very important role at the University.