Western invests $6 million to support new EDI initiatives
Funding continues commitment to systemic change, marks ‘crucial moment' in history
Continuing its commitment in response to the final report of the Anti-Racism Working Group, Western is investing a total of $6 million to support new equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives.
“This funding signifies Western’s deep commitment to pursuing meaningful, systemic change as we work together to embed EDI principles into the institutional structure of the university,” said Sarah Prichard, acting provost and vice-president (academic).
Initial funding of $4 million has been earmarked from the Provost’s Academic Renewal Fund to support the recruitment of Black and Indigenous faculty members starting this fall.
A one-time allocation of $1 million will support EDI curriculum development across the university. Spearheaded by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, the EDI Pathways program aims to enhance instructors’ skills across three domains of inclusive education: foundational, pedagogical and curricular.