Special Advisor on Anti-Racism and Inclusion
Hello and welcome to the University of Ottawa's Special Advisor, Anti-Racism and Inclusion page.
When I was invited to fill this role, the University of Ottawa, as well as the world, was going through a period of profound reflection on race relations.
After 16 years of working at the University of Ottawa, I asked the following questions: How far did we want to go in the fight against racism and any form of discrimination? To what extent would the notion of inclusion incorporate and retain other points of views? The answers to these two questions persuaded me to accept this position.
Over the course of the next few months, I will help the University of Ottawa become a remarkable institution in terms of race relations, an institution that is at the forefront of the fight against all forms of discrimination. To achieve all this, I will need people who want to contribute to change and who want to actively participate in our efforts to shape a respectful and open campus.
Therefore, our purpose is to shape a more inclusive University of Ottawa in all respects; a welcoming university that prides itself on its rich cultural and racial diversity.
Providing better support for members of our racialized communities, including establishing a mentorship program and dedicated mental health offerings as well as additional scholarships for racialized students.
Accelerate the hiring of professors of Black, Indigenous and racialized professors in the coming years.
Program reviews to enrich curricula with more culturally diverse and inclusive practices (methodologies) and knowledge.
Development and widespread implementation of anti-racism and anti-oppression training for the community.
Implementation of a research support program for racialized researchers, so that a more equitable, diverse and inclusive research community is established.
These reports were commissioned by the University and conducted by an independent investigator. Her mandate was twofold: first, to investigate both the specifics of the June incident and second, to review the University’s Protection Services policies and procedures and their application more broadly and to advise about their impacts on racialized community members.
Indigenous Action Plan
In June 2020, uOttawa released the Indigenous Action Plan (IAP), a document presented in four thematic areas that aims to mobilize the university community in creating an environment that reflects, enhances, includes and supports Indigenous culture and peoples on campus.
Professor Boulou Ebanda de B'Béri is the first Special Advisor, Anti-Racism and Inclusion at the University of Ottawa.
This new position is another concrete step the University is taking to combat racism and make our campus a welcoming environment for all members of our community.
The Special Advisor will:
- Lead the anti-racism and inclusion file, and be the public face of the University of Ottawa on this issue;
- Work with the Human Rights Office, faculties and services, and all student groups to achieve goals of anti-racism and inclusion;
- Help raise awareness and communicate anti-racism and inclusion actions/priorities on campus;
- Communicate with the multitude of stakeholders across campus and in the broader community;
- Propose appropriate structures for the University of Ottawa to be equipped to advance the anti-racism and inclusion file.
Share your comments or experiences with the Special Advisor directly: inclusion.antiracism.e@uOttawa.ca