About the Office of Inclusion & Diversity

About Our Office

The Office of Inclusion & Diversity (OID) is part of the Office of the Dean at the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine. The mandate of the OID is to support the Temerty Medicine’s commitment to lead in the area of equity, inclusion and diversity, and to create and promote innovative and accountable diversity and equity related programming in collaboration with other members of the Temerty Medicine community as well as external partners, which include the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) and community organizations.

Our Mandate

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s 2018-2023 Academic Strategic Plan names “Excellence through Equity” as one of the three Strategic Domains of Focus. The OID is committed to working in collaboration with all departments across Temerty Medicine to achieve this focus and carry out the OID mandate, which includes the following initiatives:

  • Design programs and policies that support and promote an inclusive learning and working environment at the Temerty Medicine
  • Provide advice, guidance, and support on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and human rights on an as-needed basis to all members of the Temerty Medicine community
  • Advise and collaborate with Temerty Medicine learners, staff and faculty members on the implementation of equity and diversity priorities for the Faculty in the areas of admissions, recruitment, curriculum education, and retention
  • Create ongoing opportunities to collaborate within and across other faculties at U of T on matters of diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Coordinate and chair the Temerty Medicine Diversity Advisory Council, a committee dedicated to implementing and moving forward the Faculty’s priority initiatives in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion

Administrative and Project Coordinator

Charlene Betty (she/her) | charlene.sturge@utoronto.ca

Communications Officer

Jerusha Retnakanthan (she/her) | j.retnakanthan@utoronto.ca

EDI Program Coordinator

Shari Thompson (she/her) | shari.thompsonricci@utoronto.ca

Manager, Office of Inclusion & Diversity

Saba Khan (she/her) | sab.khan@utoronto.ca