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(2012-2013 HR#19) Staff Announcement: Equity & Diversity Officer, University of Toronto Mississauga

Date: February 12, 2013
To: Faculty, Staff and Students, University of Toronto Mississauga; Professional & Managerial Staff
From: Deep Saini, Vice-President & Principal, UTM; Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
Re: Staff Announcement: Equity & Diversity Officer, University of Toronto Mississauga

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Nythalah Baker to U of T Mississauga’s newly created position of Equity & Diversity Officer, effective February 25, 2013. The Equity & Diversity Officer reports directly to UTM’s Vice-President and Principal, and to the Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity, and works to promote inclusion and accessibility within UTM’s learning, living and working environments for faculty, staff and students.

Nythalah, who has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta and a Master of Social Work from the University of British Columbia, brings to her position more than 15 years of experience in the area of human rights and equity. She has helped develop communication and educational strategies, cultivated partnerships with diverse groups, facilitated workshops on the social and cultural contexts of discrimination, organized awareness-raising events and handled human rights case management.

Most recently, Nythalah served as Senior Advisor, Education and Communications, at York University where she developed strategies to raise awareness about human rights, diversity and inclusivity. Prior to that, she was Equity Advisor at UBC (Okanagan campus), providing assistance to students, staff and faculty on human rights complaints and working with the senior administration on initiatives to create a more inclusive campus.

Nythalah’s experience in human rights and equity extends beyond the post-secondary sector including positions as the YouthGLO (Gay and Lesbian Organization) coordinator of the Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan, B.C., and coordinator of the B.C. Rural Women’s Network of the Vernon and District Women’s Centre Society.

Please join us in welcoming Nythalah to the University of Toronto, and in particular to the University of Toronto Mississauga.