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University of Toronto earns third consecutive best diversity employer award

March 23, 2010

TORONTO, ON – For the third consecutive year, the University of Toronto has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. Launched in 2008 by Mediacorp, Canada’s Best Diversity Employer’s competition recognizes employers that have developed exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. 

“It is gratifying to be recognized for work that is so central to our identity as a university,” said Angela Hildyard, Vice-president of Human Resources and Equity,

U of T. “We are always seeking new ways to make this a welcoming place for our diverse workforce and student body.” 

The award honours U of T’s dedication to establishing a work environment that embraces all groups of people and eliminates discrimination. 

Employers were judged on a range of criteria covering five major employee groups: women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal Peoples and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered/transsexual and queer (LGBTQ) employees. 

“U of T is an employer who recognizes that in difference there is strength,” said Andrea Carter, U of T’s employment equity and AODA officer. “I believe that we focus on individuals’ strengths and through this focus we are building a more diverse workforce. Job candidates are excited about applying to the university because of our commitment to equity.” 

U of T’s multifaceted approach to equity is demonstrated through a broad spectrum of equity offices: Aboriginal Initiatives, Accessibility Services and Resources, Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity, Community Safety,  Employment Equity and AODA, Family Care, Health and Well-being Programs and Services, LGBTQ Resources and Programs Office, Quality of Work-Life, Sexual Harassment, Status of Women Office and Special Advisor on Equity Issues.

More information about U of T’s commitment to equity, diversity and excellence can be found at http://www.equity.utoronto.ca/

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Joyann Callender
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University of Toronto
416-978-0100