Sheridan takes additional steps on the path to lasting change
Last week, Sheridan made a number of commitments to cultivate more equitable and inclusive teaching, learning and working environments wherein dignity, individualization, integration and full participation are valued and respected. These were informed by the hundreds of reports received since May 25 from students and alumni, who shared stories of racism, racial inequality and injustice in our communities, on our campuses, and in our classrooms.
Our obligation – as educators in a learning community publicly committed to fostering student success and to upholding the important role we play as creators and disseminators of knowledge – is to listen, reflect, and act.
These concerns have since resulted in further action. Specifically, we will be undertaking a formal investigation, led by an independent external party. Pending the outcome of that process -- and to demonstrate our duty of care to every learner at Sheridan -- a number of employees have been placed on leave.
To begin the important work of rebuilding our relationships with students, alumni, community partners and industry, we will also be commencing an immediate search for a new Dean of the Faculty of Animation Arts and Design.
Sheridan condemns racism, hatred, and discrimination in all of its forms. It is our imperative to acknowledge and address systemic racism in our learning community and its impact on students and employees who self-identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC).We commend those who shared their stories for their bravery and thank those who brought forward action items. Sheridan apologizes for what members of our community have experienced. We regret that we cannot change the actions of the past but are fully committed to working toward lasting and positive change.