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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Service Course Load Reduction Program

York University will be providing an annual fund in the amount of $100,000 for the purpose of providing a course load reduction to support service relating to EDI initiatives by faculty members who self-identify as Indigenous and/or members of racialized groups. Course load reductions through this fund will provide recipients with additional time within normal workload to advance or implement aspects of York’s EDI Strategy, including the Indigenous Framework for York University, the Framework to Address Anti-Black Racism, and EDI initiatives that are specific to faculties, schools and/or departments. The awardees’ proposed activities are expected to further develop critical EDI-focused work and to have broader impacts across the university. View the full parameters of the EDI Course Load Reduction award here.

Call for applications

Applications are now being accepted for the EDI Course Load Reduction Program in 2024-25. Read the Call here.

Applications are due no later than Friday, March 1, 2024.

Awards will be announced by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.


York is pleased to announce the 2023-24 recipients of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Service Course Load Reduction Program: Rachel da Silveira Gorman (Health), Monique Herbert (Health), Yuka Nakamura (Health), Rose Ndengue (Glendon), Molade Osibodu (Education), Tameka Samuels-Jones (Liberal Arts & Professional Studies), Sapna Sharma (Science), and Wendy Wong (Arts, Media, Performance & Design). Learn about their projects on Yfile.

Year Recipient and Unit Project
2022-2023Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing, Faculty of Education• Growing Wuleelham/Our ‘Good Tracks’: Strengthening Online and Experiential Learning for Indigenous Students in the Faculty of Education
• 440 Parkside Indigenous-led Land Restoration Project
• Indigenous Land Stewardship Circle
• Waadinidijig Anishinaabemowin Project
• Asemaa Circles project and community medicine giveaways
• Midewiwin & language learning
2022-2023Tammer El-Sheikh, Department of Visual Art and Art History, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design• ARTH 1130 "Introduction to Art History" DEDI revamp (also an AIF supported project)
• AMPD DEDI Committee website development
• Curator's Roundtable on Contemporary Art in the Arabian Peninsula for ARTH 3620 Introduction to Modern Middle Eastern Art (with Fatma Hendawy Yehia and Felicia Mings)
2022-2023Cuiying Jian, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering• Integrating EDI Components into MECH Curriculum
2022-2023Jude Kong, Dept of Mathematics & Statistics, Faculty of Science
2022-2023Marissa Largo, Department of Visual Art & Art History, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design• Establishing an Indigenous Advisory Council for Creative Technologies at the New Markham Campus
2022-2023Maleknaz Nayebi, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering• EDI chair of EECS department
2022-2023Usha Viswanathan, Centre de formation linguistique pour les études en français, Glendon College• Decolonial and anti-racist curriculum revision and development
• Le Salon francophone de Glendon - a safe space for racialized/Black francophone students and racialized/Black students learning French to feel safe, represented and included.
• A diverse, inclusive Semaine de la francophone at Glendon (focus on deconstructing stereotypes, prejudices and biases, celebrating the diversity of la Francophonie in Toronto)