Council for Equity and Inclusion

The Department of Psychiatry's Council for Equity and Inclusion endeavours to elevate the importance of clinical, academic activities, and innovations related to ethno-racial minorities, indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, women, and other marginalized populations in all areas of psychiatry. The Council will foster clinical and academic innovations related to equity and inclusion and maximize the impact of these activities across the Department, its affiliated hospitals, and the communities they serve.

The Council for Equity and Inclusion was established in July 2020. Equity is one of the four Strategic Directions of the Deparment's current Strategic Plan, and the Council's work reflects the Department's commitment to integration of principles of Equity in all that we do, from searches to education to car.  

The Council will foster clinical and academic innovations related to women, ethno-racial or racialized minorities, and other disadvantaged populations to allow for better integration of women’s mental health, cultural psychiatry, and health equity with education and research across all the academic divisions.

View the Council's complete Terms of Reference.

Council for Equity and Inclusion Announcements and Statements

Temerty Faculty of Medicine Statement on Religious and Racial Intolerance

With the recent surge in violence in the Middle East, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine has seen an outpouring of anger and vitriol that is leaving members of our community feeling vulnerable and distressed. As a Faculty we must emphasize there is no place for dehumanizing language, stereotyping or hatred of the “other”. Read the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Statement on Religious and Racial Intolerance.

Statement on Religious and Racial Intolerance - Najma Ahmed, Philip Berger and Peeter Poldre

A group of senior faculty members of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine are offering to be available to meet with any learner, faculty or staff member who may feel unsafe at this time. They have released a statement regarding the conflict in the Middle East and the need for goodwill at our institution.

Statement Against Anti-Asian Racism and Violence from the Equity and Inclusion Council

The Equity and Inclusion Council, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, stands in solidarity with Asian community members against anti-Asian racism and discrimination. Read the full statement on anti-Asian racism and violence.

TAHSN Statement On Anti-Racism

Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) released a joint statement regarding the death of Joyce Echaquan and anti-racism in medicine. Read the TAHSN Statement On Anti-Racism.

Anti-Racism Announcement From Council Co-Chairs

In June 2020, the Co-Chairs of the Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Department of Psychiatry shared a message stating the Department's commitment to anti-racism and diversity and the need to overco,me racial disparities through advocacy, practice, education, and research. Read the full anti-racism announcement.