The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto is committed to furthering principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all that we do. These principles include:
- creating, supporting and maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying and disrespectful behaviour.
- striving to recruit and retain learners, staff and faculty that reflect the diversity of Canadian society.
- assuring that our programs and curricula prepare our graduates to meet the needs of the diverse communities they will serve in their careers in Canada and around the world.
- understanding that transparency drives accountability and committing to regular and inclusive sharing of knowledge and information about EDI initiatives.
- recognizing that advancing EDI is a shared responsibility and an ongoing process of growth at the individual, organizational and societal levels.
What we are doing
The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is taking action in several areas to foster more equity, diversity and inclusion pharmacy across our programs. Together we are working to expand and deepen our focus on equity, diversity and inclusion as guiding forces for the education we deliver and the research we lead. We are taking action in several areas to foster more equity, diversity and inclusion across our programs and organizational culture.
EDI Working Group established
In June 2021 we established an EDI Working Group to develop a strategy and draft terms of reference for a standing committee that will be integrated into our governing Faculty Council. The strategy will make recommendations on how to support a healthy and inclusive learning and work environment for everyone at the Faculty.
The EDI strategy will provide evidence-based guidance on how we can:
- Develop more EDI training opportunities for all members of our community to address issues of unconscious bias, mistreatment and implementation of EDI into practice.
- Further incorporate principles of EDI in our recruitment, retention, and career advancement practices with regards to faculty, staff and students.
- Ensure the makeup of our committees and decision-making bodies is inclusive and works to reflect the diversity of our department.
- Assure that our programs and curricula prepare our graduates to meet the needs of the diverse communities they will serve in their careers in Canada and around the world.
- Create a data strategy to collect, maintain and interpret data on EDI.
- Develop a mechanism/framework for feedback and complaints processes within the Faculty.
Progress on EDI Working Group Report
Dean Lisa Dolovich has received the strategy document created by the EDI Working Group. As the faculty moves forward with this important work, there will be additional opportunities for engagement and discussion across the Faculty. The Working Group report and forthcoming action plan will be shared with our community over the coming months.
The EDI Working Group includes tenured and teaching stream faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students, professional and unionized staff, alumni, and members of external pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences organizations.
Current members are:
- Jillian Kohler (co-chair)
- Lachmi Singh (co-chair)
- David Dubins
- Reina Bendayan
- Sara Guilcher
- Ayub Hashi
- Marvin James
- Debora Kwan
- Kathy Moscou
- Kate Richards
- Quinn Pauli
- Kishan Rana
- Tara Snyder
- Cecelia Power
- Max Yaghchi
- Tiffany Ho