As our office embarks on its transition to the new name, the Office of the Vice-President of People, Equity, and Inclusion, we are propelled by our unwavering dedication to fostering a progressive and supportive environment for individuals and diverse cultures.
“We are dedicated to empowering faculty, staff, and students as they work towards advancing the University's pledge to foster a campus community that is equitable, inclusive, respectful, and brimming with vitality."
With the unveiling of our new website, our intention is not only to celebrate our achievements since the office's inception a mere two years ago, but also to provide a glimpse into our exciting future. Through this platform, we aim to keep the campus community informed about the latest developments in our initiatives and the impactful actions we undertake.
We wholeheartedly invite the campus community to actively engage with our office, explore the website where they can find the most up-to-date information, and actively participate in our enriching events and initiatives. By joining forces, we can forge a path toward positive change and create an inclusive, vibrant, and united campus environment.
Dr. Clinton Beckford (he/him)
Vice-President, People, Equity, & Inclusion
Dr. Clinton Beckford became the inaugural Acting Vice-President, People, Equity, and Inclusion in June 2021 with the aim of providing guidance, advocacy, insight, and leadership in building a systematic, intentional, and coherent infrastructure to support fostering a welcoming, equitable, inclusive, just, and safe campus community. His seat at the executive leadership table, Senate, and the Board of Governors is integral to the university’s strategic goal to make equity, diversity, and inclusion central to everything it does.
Dr. Beckford has an established record of social justice engagement through his teaching, research, and community work.
He has developed courses and projects at the UWindsor Faculty of Education designed to enhance the competence of new teachers to teach through equity and inclusion lenses as well as mentor underrepresented racialized students through graduate student supervision in that department. As coordinator of the Global Community Engagement Program in the Faculty of Education, he and teacher candidates work with marginalized children through service-learning projects, including in Jamaica and Tanzania. Dr. Beckford also developed and runs the Girls' Leadership and Empowerment Program (GLEP) for secondary school girls in Tanzania
Dr. Beckford has worked on research and education with First Nations in Ontario and with Maasai and Hadzabe groups in Tanzania on education and cultural engagement. His work with local communities focuses on issues of environmental justice and food justice grounded in the role of traditional and local knowledge. He has also researched the agricultural workers' program in Canada and its impact on migrant farmworkers from the Caribbean.
Dr. Beckford's depth of experience as a highly respected advocate for social and environmental justice, as an agent of change in dismantling systemic oppression on this campus and beyond, and as an educational and administrative leader has allowed him to provide much-needed guidance to the University of Windsor in his VP role.
Dr. Clinton Beckford (he/him), PhD, MPhil, BA
Vice-President, People, Equity, & Inclusion
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Flooding in Libya and Earthquake in Morocco
September 20, 2023
Dear UWindsor students, staff, and faculty: We hope this message finds you well during these challenging times. Today, we come together as a community to address the recent devastating events in Morocco and Libya, which have left behind a trail of destruction and loss that touches us deeply.
The recent 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Morocco and deadly flooding in Libya have taken thousands of lives and caused immeasurable pain to countless families. Our hearts ache for the survivors who are now grappling with the aftermath of these tragedies, facing the immense challenges of rebuilding their lives and communities.
We want to express our most profound condolences and sympathies to all those affected by these disasters. If you or anyone you know has been personally affected by these events and require assistance or support, we encourage staff, faculty, and students to access university support services during this difficult time:
- Students needing support are encouraged to contact the UWindsor Student Counselling Centre to access confidential mental health services.
- Faculty and staff can access confidential support through the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which offers professional and confidential counselling and information services.
With deepest sympathy,
Dr. Clinton Beckford