DIVERSITY, EQUITY & SUSTAINABILITY AT OCAD UNIVERSITY
Starting June 1, 2014, the sustainability portfolio currently sitting in IT Services will be integrated with the Office of Diversity & Equity Initiatives (D&EI) to create an Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI).
A joint proposal to integrate Sustainability with D&EI was developed in February 2014 by Vice-President Finance and Administration, IT Services, and D&EI and was supported by the Sustainability Working Group and by the Educational and Employment Equity Committee. I am pleased to announce that Minesh Mandoda, OCAD U’s current Coordinator, Sustainability Initiatives, has joined the D&EI team with an increase to full-time status in his role.
This shift reflects OCAD U’s institutional commitment to developing and advancing a vision of ‘just sustainability’ that foregrounds equity and creates new ways of understanding and acting that strengthen communities, build social capacity and economic strength, and promote positive transformation and change. Incorporating sustainability into an Office that is arms-length from the administration and reports to the President will enhance the profile of sustainability and will assist in meeting the strategic priority of developing and implementing an institution-wide sustainability plan that promotes constituent engagement.
There is a long history of sustainability at OCAD U and sustainability initiatives must be informed, shaped and driven by the subject matter expertise of faculty, staff and students. As such, ODESI welcomes your participation as we expand the Sustainability Working Group to ensure that key constituents and thought leaders are involved in developing and advancing OCAD U’s vision of sustainability and the mandate of sustainability in ODESI.
Please do not hesitate to contact Amanda Hotrum, Director, Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.977.6000 ext.4860 if you would like further information or wish to be involved as we move this important work forward.
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