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Statement concerning artwork display

March 13, 2020

In response to mounting concerns regarding artwork that was displayed at Sheridan’s Trafalgar Campus on March 11, Sheridan wants to clarify what occurred, report on actions taken, and confirm the paramount importance we place on equity, diversity and inclusion in our learning community.

The artwork in question was created by a student as part of an academic assignment to highlight the xenophobic statements that have been used in recent, worldwide media reports. The artist’s intention was to draw attention to the bias, racism and victimization that is being felt by members of the Asian community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was in no way intended to spread hurtful, harmful or hateful messages.

The artwork should have been accompanied by a didactic panel that explained its context and intent. To be clear, it was not an official statement by Sheridan and does not represent the views of the Sheridan community.  We are currently working on revising our processes and protocols to prevent such an oversight from reoccurring.

Sheridan prides itself on its long-standing commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. We are actively invested in building a community where every individual feels welcome to bring their full potential and lived experiences, knowing that their unique perspectives and contributions will be valued. We have zero tolerance for expressions of hate and will continue working hard to maintain an environment that is bias-free and safe.

Dr. Janet Morrison,

President and Vice Chancellor