Denise O’Neil Green Appointed Ryerson University’s First Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion

(Republished with permission of Ryerson University; Some links and text style edits added by The Institutional Diversity Blog)
New position created to provide strategic leadership in equity, diversity and inclusion
TORONTO, April 28, 2017 — Ryerson University is pleased to announce that Denise O’Neil Green, whose leadership and advocacy have helped to establish Ryerson’s reputation for excellence in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), has been appointed the university’s first vice-president, equity and community inclusion. The appointment is effective immediately.
The creation of this new position is a natural step rooted in Ryerson’s deep commitment to inclusion and systemic change, and brings to the …Read More

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Ryerson University’s Soup and Substance Series: Winter 2017

The Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Ryerson University presents the Soup & Substance Series, a series of noon hour moderated panel discussions held at Podium (POD) 250 (unless otherwise noted). While enjoying a warm bowl of soup and refreshments, participants will engage panelists in an open conversation on a range of diversity related topics. Dr. Denise O’Neil Green, Assistant Vice President/Vice Provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), will moderate the series, which will be free and open to the public.
The remaining Winter 2017 schedule is as followed:Tuesday, April 18thSoup and Substance On the Go: …Read More

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100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women 2016: The Book

The impetus for this book came when we, three Black Canadian women, were at a breakfast meeting and the question arose, “Where are all the accomplished Black Canadian women?”. We realized that Black Canadian women have had a long history of quiet accomplishment that has, for the most part, gone under-reported. We wanted to highlight, document, and make visible the accomplishments of Black Canadian women, while simultaneously supporting the social, educational, political and professional advancement of Black Canadian women.
The bold and courageous women documented in this book have earned their place in this list of accomplished Black Canadian women …Read More

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An Expat’s Experience in Canada – Part III

In this video post, I discuss my experience as a U.S. expatriate living in Toronto, Canada as a Diversity Professional. Inspired by America’s recent presidential election and subsequent crash of the Canadian immigration website, I’ve decided to answer the following questions for my audience:
What has it been like to live in Canada as an expat?
What’s it like to be an African American expat?
What’s it like being an African American woman expat and mom? and
What advice do you have for those thinking about visiting or moving to Canada?

I’d like to better connect with you, so please follow me on …Read More

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Ryerson University’s Soup and Substance Series: Fall 2016

The Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Ryerson University presents the Soup & Substance Series, a series of noon hour moderated panel discussions held at Podium (POD) 250 (unless otherwise noted). While enjoying a warm bowl of soup and refreshments, participants will engage panelists in an open conversation on a range of diversity related topics. Dr. Denise O’Neil Green, Assistant Vice President/Vice Provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), will moderate the series, which will be free and open to the public.
The remaining Fall 2016 schedule is as followed:Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Beyond the numbers: What’s next …Read More

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“Words Are Things”: The Importance of Naming When Speaking Truth to Power

Like many, I watched Hillary Rodham Clinton accept the nomination of the Democratic National Committee, making her the first woman presidential candidate of a major political party, with a combination of hope, happiness, and pride, but what really resonated with me from her 56-minute speech were the words: “systemic racism”. It happened at about the 51-minute mark (54, if you started counting her speech from the introduction of her name and the 3-minute standing ovation she received from the crowd), where she said: “So let’s put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who …Read More

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Honouring Black Canadian Women: A Glittering Ceremony Recognizing Accomplished Black Canadians

(Republished with permission; Some links and text style edits added by The Institutional Diversity Blog)
On Thursday, June 16th, 2016, the anticipated book 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women 2016 Edition was launched at a glittering ceremony gala inside The Brighton Convention & Event Centre in Scarborough, Ontario.
Over 700 guests were in attendance with special guest speaker the Honourable, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Keynote speaker Montreal-born Honourable Madame Justice Micheline Rawlins, who was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor in 1992, who also is named among the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women.
“The book is a depiction …Read More

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Race in Educational Access and Attainment Still Matters!

On June 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court upheld in the Fisher v. University of Texas case the continued use of race-conscious policies in higher education. I must admit that I am somewhat surprised but given the balance of the court of liberal and conservative voices with the absence of Justices Kagan and Scalia, maybe this is what tipped the scale.
This decision, at least for now, validates that race in education access and attainment at undergraduate, graduate, professional, and military school levels still matter.
In 2003 the U.S. Supreme Court rendered the Grutter decision, establishing the framework for why …Read More

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A Father’s Day Message to the Rock of My Family

My spouse and I were married in 1988. We had our first child in ’89 and second in ’94. He has been a great dad to our two children. He practically raised them both. While I was getting my Ph.D., he was making sure they were well cared for. I had no need to worry. For a short time, several of my peers didn’t even know I had kids because we were able to keep that aspect of family life separate from my studies.
As our children got older, he took them to school or …Read More

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100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women GALA Event and Book Launch

When I arrived in Canada to start my new post at Ryerson University, I was very excited and looked forward to working in one of the most diversity cities in the world. Ryerson was willing to take the risk and hire an African American women from the Midwest to lead the country’s first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion division as the Assistant Vice President/Vice Provost, reporting to two Vice Presidents, including the Provost. This was unheard of, given most post of a comparable nature were given the title of Director. However, the new title signaled a new direction …Read More

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