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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in DFA

In DFA, equity, diversity and inclusion are at the core of who we are. It is necessary to expand our own education about existing forms of oppression and bias so that we can better understand the lived experiences of Black, Indigenous, persons of colour, persons with disabilities, women and 2SLGBTQIA community members.


The staff composition in the Division of Finance and Administration (DFA) is very diverse and it is important that all employees feel safe, comfortable, and accepted for who they are. DFA upholds the values of the University and aim to foster a more inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected because of their differences – a place where every employee can be their authentic selves so that they can reach their potential and help the division and the University achieve its goals.


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  • July 2021 the Division's EDI council was established
  • June 2021 an invitation for colleagues to express their interest in joining the division's EDI council was sent out
  • In September 2020, our leadership team participated in an education and training session conducted by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion (REI).
  • In October 2020, Vice-President Equity, People & Culture, Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek and the Vice-President finance and Administration, Carol McAulay hosted three virtual coffee chat sessions with colleagues from our division to engage in conversations with staff who wished to share the impact of anti-Black racism from personal experience as well as barriers that are present across societal structures and systems including here at York. The honest dialogue from these conversations helped to inform the development of the University’s Framework on Black Inclusion.
  • At our September 2020, divisional town hall, the Centre for Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion (REI) facilitated a presentation on understanding the impact of racially based microaggressions and implicit bias and provided strategies on how to recognize and address these barriers to inclusive spaces on campus.