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U of T observes International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (2015)

March 16, 2015


Award recipients honoured and short film debuts at March 19 event


On March 21st, the University of Toronto joins with the world community in observing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) and emphasizing the need for continued work to combat racial discrimination and racism, in all its forms.

In keeping with the United Nations theme to mark this 49th Anniversary of IDERD, this year’s Campaign is entitled, “Learning from Historical Tragedies to Combat Racial Discrimination Today.”

On Thursday, March 19th, members of the U of T community are invited to the Official Ceremony to mark IDERD 2015. There the 2015 Award Recipients will be honoured and attendees will get to watch the debut of the short video, “I am U of T”

About the U of T IDERD Award Ceremony

  • Thursday, March 19, 12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Medical Sciences Building, Student Commons
  • 1 King’s Circle, Toronto., St. George Campus

Guest speaker:

George Elliott Clarke, poet, playwright, literary critic and the inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto.

About the video:

“I am U of T”, is a short video, produced by the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) work-study students, that centres the voices of U of T students as they discuss being racialized and the ways in which they are claiming space at the University. Screening will follow the Award presentation.


Reflecting on IDERD 2015


“As we take note of this year’s theme, it is an opportunity to reflect on how we are using the lessons from history to increase our understanding of the linkages between the roots of racism and its pervasiveness today. It is how we can better inform the strategies and measures that are necessary for its eradication and to embed antiracism.

I am delighted to congratulate this year’s IDERD recipients for their leadership and the exemplary ways in which they are incorporating antiracism in their everyday work and practices. Their support of the University’s values and goals help us to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive U of T community.”

Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity