SJU Supports the Goals of the Scarborough Charter
On November 18, 2021, the University of Waterloo will join a group of 40 Canadian universities and colleges who will be collectively recognizing the realities of anti-Black racism, sharing aspirations to address them, and providing a framework for delivering on a promise made at the National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities, in the summer of 2020. The date marks the signing and launch of the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education. The Charter represents the first step in taking meaningful action within post-secondary educational institutions across the country to address anti-Black racism.
“The Scarborough Charter provides specific action steps that universities are committing to take in response to anti-Black racism and to promote Black flourishing,” stated St. Jerome's University’s (SJU) President and Vice Chancellor, Peter Meehan. “As its federated university partner, St. Jerome’s University is both proud and supportive of the University of Waterloo’s decision to sign the charter. We continue our work on Phase 2 of SJU’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) action planning process, and remain committed to a shared interest in advancing EDI and Indigenous initiatives on both campuses. We commend the members of the Inter-institutional Advisory Committee for creating this important document and look forward to incorporating recommendations from the Scarborough Charter into our EDI final plan.”
Universities Canada, a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice for higher education, research and innovation, recently announced that it will continue to communicate the role that universities have to play in addressing anti-Black racism on campus and in their communities. As the advocate for universities at the federal government level, they will be following up with members of Parliamentary Black Caucus and will continue to advocate for investments in EDI throughout the upcoming budget cycle. It will also launch a review of the Inclusive Excellence Principles, established in October 2017, to help guide the EDI work being done in the post-secondary sector.