The Diversity Institute (DI)

I’ve posted about Ryerson University’s name change (April 26, 2022) to Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU).

And I’ve posted about Wendy Cukier, founder of the Diversity Institute (DI) which is embeded in the Ted Rogers School of Management at TMU.

So, let’s have a look at TMU’s (aka Ryseron’s) Diversity Institute (DI).

From the Main Content page,

“Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute (DI) promotes diversity and inclusion as the key to Canada’s competetiveness

Founded in 1999 by Dr. Wendy Cukier, the Diversity Institute has conducted groundbreaking research on diversity and inclusion in Canada, developed impactful programs like the Newcomer Entrepreneurship Hub, external link, opens in new window, championed legislative change on Bill C-25 and has helped companies understand the opportunities of inclusion and develop tools to harness inclusion as a driver for success.

The DI is leading the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, external link, opens in new window and is a partner in the Future Skills Centre, external link, opens in new window.

‘The facts speak for themselves, inclusion is good for society and good for the bottom line:’ [economic benefits are listed here.]”

Main content page, Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute (DI) promotes diversity and inclusion as the key to Canada’s competetiveness, Toronto Metropolitan University, Diversity Institute – Toronto Metropolitan University (torontomu.ca), accessed August 1, 2022.

I’m not going to list all of the programs that fall under the auspices of the DI. You can easily navigate the site yourself.

But please note that in some future posts I’ll refer to the DI and anything that falls within its reach or under its umbrella which have ramifications for Candian Universities via the EDI agenda.

Here’s an example.

In a previous post I introduced the Gov’t of Canada’s 50-30 Challenge and listed Canadian universities who’ve signed up for the Challenge so far.

The Diversity Institute is one of five so-called “Ecosystem Partners” (selected by an application process) responsible for providing the tools and support Challenge participants might require to meet the Challenge’s objectives of 50% gender parity on Canadian boards and/or senior administration, and 30% “significant representation from other equity deserving groups.1

These Ecosystem Partners were “awarded a three year, non-repayable Contribution Agreement with a minimum value of $3M and a maximum value of $10M.”2 The Diversity Institute was awarded (up to…) $8,052,129.

I don’t know that this amount is much in the big scheme of things. Nor do I know (yet) if the Universities who’ve signed on to the Challenge have worked under the tutelage of the DI, and, if so, what — if anything — transpired in those universities as a result. But, as is the name of this website, I’m Keeping an Eye.

References

[1] The 50-30 Challenge Prospectus, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Government of Canada, The 50 – 30 Challenge Prospectus – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, accessed August 1, 2022.

[2] The 50-30 Challenge Ecosystem Fund, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Government of Canada, The 50 – 30 Challenge Ecosystem Fund – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, accessed August 1, 2022.

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