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Anti-racism and inclusive excellence

At uOttawa, we are actively combatting racism and working to build a more inclusive University community to foster the well-being of everyone on campus and to encourage optimal progress in research and teaching at the University

We are firmly committed to providing a safe and respectful environment for everyone on campus and to rooting out the underlying causes of systemic racism, as well as all forms of intolerance and discrimination, within our confines and in broader society.  We are a single, united community and without reservation, we condemn racism, harassment, racial slurs, and discrimination. 

The University of Ottawa has undertaken a number of concrete actions and initiatives to combat racism and discrimination. We invite you to go to the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence website to learn more about what we’ve already done, and what we intend to do, to become a more inclusive, welcoming university that is proud of its cultural and racial diversity.

Anti-racism initiatives

In January 2021, in response to troubling discriminatory experiences reported by several members of the uOttawa’s Black, Indigenous and racialized communities, we introduced five new initiatives designed to combat systemic racial discrimination in the three core aspects of the University’s mission: student experience, teaching, and research. 

These initiatives prioritize fivedistinct areas of activity on campus, with the goal of achieving significant changes in each:

  1. Providing better support to members of the University’s racialized communities, including establishing a mentorship program, providing dedicated mental health resources, and improving the financial aid available to students from racialized groups. 
  2. Accelerating the hiring of Black, Indigenous and racialized faculty members in the coming years. 
  3. Reviewing programs to enrich their curricula with practices (methodologies) that are more culturally diverse and inclusive. 
  4. Designing and implementing anti-racism and anti-oppression training activities for the University community. 
  5. Creating a support program for researchers from racialized communities to build a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive community of researchers at the University. 

These new initiatives draw on the many suggestions submitted over the years by racialized members of the University community during public meetings and other consultations. 

Appointment of a Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

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Awad Abrahim, Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

Awad Ibrahim was appointed Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence in June 2023 for a five-year term.

This appointment is one of the concrete steps the University is taking to combat racism and to make our campus a welcoming environment for all members of our community.

The strategic priorities of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence (EDI) are: anti-racism, equity, diversity, and excellence in inclusion, mental health and well-being.

We invite you to learn more about the Office of the Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusive (EDI)

Signing of the Scarborough Charter

Le président Jacques Fremont signe la Charte de Scarborough dans son bureau.

On November 18, 2021, the University of Ottawa joined 40 other Canadian institutions in signing the Scarborough Charter to combat anti-Black racism and promote Black inclusion in post-secondary institutions in Canada, thereby reaffirming its commitment to combatting racism against Black individuals and to fostering their inclusion on campus.

The University acknowledges the role that institutions of higher education have played in constructing the bodies of knowledge about historically excluded groups and its ethical responsibility to give voice to alternative ways of knowing while supporting community capacity building.

“The University of Ottawa is committed to developing and implementing concrete transformative solutions to combat systemic anti-Black racism, and to promoting Black excellence and inclusion in our pedagogy, our research, our governance, and in the student experience,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Jacques Frémont. Read the full Gazette article on the Scarborough Charter.

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Progress report from the special adviser on anti-racism and inclusive excellence

The Special Advisor, Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence submitted his final report in August 2022. This report sets out a series of recommendations to combat racism and promote excellence in equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Read the report (PDF, 356 KB)