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Access: Disability, Art & Culture

Please find a collection of resources that are reflective of Disability Arts, accessible exhibitions, and/or are focused on accessible curatorial practice.

Effective March 2, 2022: The Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) is open on campus for part-time, in-person services!

Contact us:

Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives
100 McCaul, Room 316
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm
Or you can contact us by email below:

Amanda Hotrum, Director -
Cathy Cappon,  Manager -

Sustainability FAQs

What does the climate crisis have to do with me?

Sustainability Resources

The concept of sustainability is far-reaching, complex, and changing. Whether you're a student, administrator, or faculty, the resources below can help you to shift 'sustainability' from an idea to a way of thinking and doing.

OCAD U Sustainability Policy (2018)

Sustainability Committee

OCAD U has set a strategic priority of developing and implementing an institution-wide sustainability plan. The goal of the Sustainability Committee is to achieve widespread participation and to inform and advance the high-level organizational change strategies needed to continue a transition to a sustainable university.

A short history of sustainability initiatives on campus

- Minor in Sustainability launched by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
- OCAD U establishes ReUse Hub and ReUse Depot

Educational & Employment Equity

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) is leading OCAD University’s employment equity initiatives to promote equitable access to, and participation in, the ecology of OCAD U for groups designated by the Federal Contractor’s Program (racialized and Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and women) and other equity seeking and under-represented communities, including LGBTTQQI2SA communities and persons caring for elder or child dependents. 

Employment Equity Workforce Survey

Frequently Asked Questions

In keeping with OCAD University’s Academic Plan 2017-2022: Transforming Student Experience, OCAD U is committed to improving the representation of equity-seeking groups in its staff complement, in all areas and at all levels of the University. To achieve this, we are continually working to identify and eliminate structural barriers in recruitment, hiring, and retention policies and practices.

The Mighty Pen – a creative writing circle for Indigenous students and students of colour

The Mighty Pen amplifies the stories and experiences of racialized and underrepresented writers and creators. Facilitated by Phoebe Wang in the Writing & Learning Centre, this year The Mighty Pen will invite guest writers and artists who self-identify as BIPOC to share their unique gifts with the OCAD University community through workshops and public events. The Mighty Pen will also fund BIPOC student projects and host a student reading group through Teams.

OCAD U Honours Pride 2016!

Pride 2016

Canada’s first-ever Pride Month will launch on June 1, 2016, featuring extended programming and provocative events throughout the city of Toronto, culminating with the 10-day Pride Toronto festival, June 24 to July 3. OCAD University is following suit with month-long programming open to all members of the OCAD U community and the public! 


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