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zoom webinar (details to be shared closer to event date)
  • October 19, 2023 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm


The Toronto Initiative for Diversity and Excellence (TIDE) is a grassroots service group consisting of University of Toronto (U of T) faculty members from across disciplines who volunteer their time to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion at the university. Founded in 2016, TIDE provides free, evidence-informed workshops and seminars to the U of T community, and shares resources and promising practices for inclusion. With a focus on how varied challenges to inclusion can negatively impact equity-deserving groups in the academic context, TIDE provides recommendations on practical actions that aim to mitigate and overcome these barriers. TIDE’s sessions cover various aspects of departmental culture and the academic career arc, and are customized to capture the issues most pressing in a given unit. TIDE also provides confidential counsel to academic leaders, staff units, and administrators.

Understanding unconscious bias is an important first step to making structural and personal changes that support equity and inclusion. This workshop is intended for faculty and librarians at U of T.

The purpose of this workshop is to:
Explore the existing evidence on (under-) representation and bias
Explore case studies that illustrate how bias might intersect with various aspects of faculty experience, both within academia and beyond (e.g., everyday interactions, grant applications, interviews, award nominations, committee decisions)
Provide an overview of how bias can affect decision-making
Suggest strategies for reducing the effect of bias on structural and personal practices

This is an online event, which will take place on Oct. 19 from 12:30-1:30 (EST), and will be facilitated by Prof. Anthony Wensley (Associate Professor, Emeritus, Information Systems and Accounting) and Dr. Nadia Alam (Clinical (MD) Adjunct Appt., Public Health & Medicine).