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Roadmap & Initiatives

Progress: Where We Are

Updated February 23, 2021 

The University is undertaking key strategic initiatives with the overarching mission of dismantling institutional Anti-Black Racism and reimagining our structures, processes, procedures, systems, services and culture to create a safer, more just, and more positive campus experience for the Black members of the university community.


Data-Driven Accountability

Purpose

(a) To actively engage the Black communities on campus to learn about student, staff, and faculty experiences of Anti-Black Racism across UWindsor; and (b) identify, review, and recommend policies, programs, pedagogical practices, research, and other concrete actions that foster and support equitable, safe, and engaging environments for Black students, staff, and faculty on campus. 
 

Current Status

  • Task Force membership finalized
  • Chairs elected: Professor Camisha Sibblis and Jessica Bona-Mensah
  • Subcommittees have been established 
     

Next Steps

  • Report with final Calls to Action to be produced by Summer 2021 

Questions?

Contact Marium Tolson-Murtty, Strategic Planning Officer, Anti-Black Racism 

Purpose

To better understand, monitor, track, and address any possible gaps or systemic barriers of racialized groups across the University. The data will be used for specific purposes, such as gathering campus demographics by Department and Faculty, and will allow us to review the racial makeup of each area including, faculty, staff and students. In addition, we can look at the proportion of students in the Undergrad vs Graduate programs.  The data will allow us to begin tracking student success and outcomes such as year 1 to year 2 retention. Over time, we hope to enhance our use of the data in tracking graduation rates.   

Current Status

  • Advisory group has been meeting to formulate recommendations and provide guidance on the following:  
  • the consultation processes required and on community engagement in the practice once it has been established
  • existing data, additional data that should be collected, and the ethical use of these data  
  • methods of collection of data 
  • data governance issues, including storage, access and retention of data collected
  • best practices for the use of data to address systemic barriers and racial discrimination, and to create a safer and welcoming campus environment for all members of our community.   
  • the presentation and communication of the data
  • Technical implementation team established (ITS, Registrar’s office, OHREA, Legal Services and Public Affairs and communications) to provide a work plan, summary timeline, and budget by the end of January 2021.

Next Steps

  • Advisory Group is finalizing recommendations
  • Consultation with York University’s racial data collection working group 

Questions?

Contact Rose Zanutto, Executive Director, Institutional Analysis 

Equity of Opportunity for Black Faculty & Students

Diversifying Campus Voices & Leadership: Black Scholars Hiring Initiative 

Purpose

To increase the number of Black faculty members participating across all areas of the university.

Current Status

  • 12 Black scholars will be hired by 2023
  • Working with BIPOC Consulting to develop strategic approach to diversified hiring 
  • Provost’s office is mapping forward planning of faculty hiring needs and opportunities with deans

Next Steps

  • Consultation with Senate and the ABR Task Force planned for February 2021 

Questions?

Contact Dr. Jeff Berryman, Associate Vice-President, Academic 

Purpose

  • Provide opportunities to support Black scholarship
  • Support the development of Black-focused courses and programs and pedagogies that address racism and anti-Black Racism
  • Provide research and leadership opportunities for Black students
  • Provide professional development funds 

Current Status

  • Calls will begin to launch January 31st, 2021  
  • Black Scholarship 

    • Research Grants 

  • Anti-Racist and Black-Focused Curriculum and Pedagogy 

  • Leadership and Research Opportunities for Black Students 

    • Student Leadership Experience Fund 
  • Professional Development focused on addressing Anti-Black Racism and for Black staff and faculty 

    • Professional Development Fund

Next Steps

  • Launch of all grants by June 2021 

Questions?

Contact Marium Tolson-Murtty Strategic Planning Officer, Anti-Black Racism

Purpose

The University of Windsor has established a $250,000 goal for the new Black Student Scholarship Initiative that will begin to support Black-identified students in Fall 2021. To achieve this milestone, the University is committed to matching the first $125,000.

Current Status

Questions?

Contact Gemma Grey-Hall, Acting Director, Advancement

Building Capacity & Competency for Challenging Racism

Purpose

  • To raise awareness and understanding of Anti-Black Racism, whether intentional, unconscious or systemic

  • To build capacity and competency at the individual and organizational level to challenge racism and support individual/organizational change

  • To develop and implement proactive and remedial strategies to deal with Anti-Black Racism.

Current Status

  • Foundational and Enhanced Learning programs (launched Fall 2020) 
  • Online resources (launched Fall 2020) 
  • Transformative Learning Program (Launching Spring 21) 
  • Enhancing Curriculum and Research (grant-funding, preliminary program launching January 21 as Anti-Black Racism Initiatives Fund) 
  • Mandatory ABR training for Board members and Academic Leadership
    • First sessions offered to Academic leadership in November 2020 by Dr. Joy Mighty Title
    • Board of Governors retreat held on January 23rd, 2021 with Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard 

Next Steps

  • Develop programming designed for students and student groups 
  • Expansion of existing programming to reflect emerging needs of community 
  • Next ABR training session for Academic Leadership planned for March 5th, 2021 with Joy deGruy

Questions?

Contact Kaye Johnson, Executive Director, Human Rights, Equity, and Accessibility

Review and Revision of Procedures and Policies

Purpose

A review of the Procedures for Addressing Student Non-Academic Misconduct 

Current Status

  • Completed assessment by an external consultant of the Procedures against the legal and regulatory framework within which they operate, as well as a comparison of the Procedures with similar procedures at other Ontario universities resulting in External Consultant's Report.
  • University community invited by email and Daily News to provide anonymous written feedback on report or meet directly with the external consultant (dates). 
  • Committee established to draft revisions to procedures

Next Steps

  • Revise procedures using a procedural fairness and equity lens 
  • Seek additional feedback from the campus community on the draft revision; and)
  • Further revise the Procedures based on this additional feedback
  • Further campus consultation on revised draft 

Questions?

Contact Reneé Wintermute, University Secretariat 

 

Purpose

To establish a new independent office that will be responsible for addressing infractions related to the Student Code of Conduct, Academic Integrity, Academic and Non-Academic Misconduct, Sexual Misconduct Response & Prevention, or for conflict mediation and resolution.

Current Status

  • The Office of Student Experience will no longer have responsibility for investigation and discipline stemming from student misconduct 
  • Until the establishment of that independence office, the Office of the Provost will be responsible for investigation and discipline stemming from alleged student misconduct 

Next Steps

  • Campus consultation led by Dr. Mohsan Beg, Executive Director of Student Health, Counselling & Wellness to identify the appropriate mandate, structure, and resources for new office 
  • Environmental scan of similar structural organizations across the country 

Questions?

Contact Mohsan Beg, Executive Director, Student Health, Counselling & Wellness Services

 

Purpose

  • To review processes, policies and procedures in view of obligations under OHRC guidelines 

Current Status

  • OHREA and the University Secretariat are reviewing policies and procedures pursuant to the December 18th, 2020 letter from the Ontario Human Rights Commission, which reminded post-secondary institutions of their legally mandated human rights obligations to members of academic communities and encouraged them to review their anti-discrimination practices in that regard

Next Steps

  • Report to be delivered at Senate in February 2021

Questions?

Contact:

Purpose

  • To review broader institution-wide equity, diversity and inclusion processes, policies, programs, committees and reporting structures

Current Status

  • Planning for external, third-party review underway
  • More information to follow

Next Steps

  • More information to follow

Questions?

Contact Beverly Hamilton, Chief of Staff, Office of the President