Equity, diversity, inclusion are core values of the Faculty of Health and York University. The Faculty of Health recognizes all that is happening globally and we stand with our communities in the everyday struggles they are facing. We want to unconditionally state that Black and Indigenous lives matter. We acknowledge that systemic racism shapes the lives of students, staff, and faculty members within our Faculty of Health and at the larger institution. As part of a larger equity, inclusion, and anti-racism strategy, we are initiating a working group on systemic and individual racism within the Faculty of Health. The group is being asked to develop a set of recommendations based on broad consultations within the Faculty which will help us move forward in addressing systemic racism broadly, while also foregrounding anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism. I am very pleased to announce that Professors Ann Pottinger (School of Nursing) & Sean Hillier (School of Health Policy & Management) have agreed to co-chair this working group and will be moving forward to understand the needs of the schools and departments and to engage in a process to establish the working group. I will ask the working group to present their recommendations in a written report to me and to Faculty of Health Council. The goal is to be in a position to start budgeting for additional resources which may be required to start implementing policy, and other changes for consideration by Faculty Council prior to the start of the 2021-22 academic and budget year.
Paul McDonald, Dean, Faculty of Health