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(2011-2012 HR#42) Announcement – Sexual and Gender Diversity Officer

Date: March 12, 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; Christina Sass-Kortsak, Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources
Re: Announcement – Sexual and Gender Diversity Officer

We are very pleased to announce that effective Tuesday, March 13, Allison Burgess will join U of T as our new Sexual and Gender Diversity Officer.

Allison has a deep knowledge and understanding of issues related to sexual and gender diversity, both within the University context and in the broader community. She has a PhD from the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education and the Graduate Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies at OISE/UT. Allison’s research examined queer histories, activisms and organizing in Toronto. Allison has been teaching at Brock University and U of T as well as working as an Advisor in the Academic and Cultural Support Centre at OISE/UT. She has been highly engaged in working with student organizations and other groups within the University community on issues related to Sexual and Gender Diversity. She was a founding member of the Positive Space Committee at Brock University.

As Sexual & Gender Diversity Officer Allison will provide education, programming, consultation and resources to students, staff and faculty to promote an environment that is free from biases based on sexual orientation and gender identity and to support members of the LGBTQ community on campus. She will work as part of the broader team of Equity Officers, Student Life professionals and many others across the University to promote equity, diversity and inclusion.