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Racism and hate have no place in our school communities. But we know many of you deal with it every day. That is why we launched the Student Equity Collective, we are looking to you, our students, and want to hear your voices on how we can make positive change in the TDSB and beyond.
Twenty-four amazing students from across the TDSB have been chosen to lead positive change to address racism, hate and discrimination at the Board. Guiding the collective on their equity journey is the Director of Education, Colleen Russell-Rawlins, who is supported by the following TDSB staff:
Karen Murray, System Superintendent, Equity, Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression & Early Years;
Jason Kandankery, Centrally Assigned Principal, System Leadership and Equity;
Rukiya Mohammed, Coordinator, Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement; Equity, Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression.
Watch the video from the Director and Student Trustees.
The Student Equity Leadership Collective was developed in order to make positive changes within the TDSB. These students aim to collaborate with their peers to address and tackle racism, hate and discrimination within their school environments. The Student Equity Collective gathers monthly to participate in workshops and collaborative leadership planning, each focusing on the varying equity issues impacting the lives of students.
Since it’s first meeting in April 2022, students have engaged with:
The Student Equity Collective has been tasked with documenting their experiences and recommendations for addressing issues of race, racism and hate within the education system. Students have been divided into four groups working with local artists to refine their messaging through creative art expressions. Students are linking their ideas and recommendations to various TDSB policies. The groups are as follows:
Students from the Collective have also started their own podcasts. The premise of the podcast is to have Student Equity Collective members interview educators in their life who they see as inspirations for combating hate and racism. This podcast is being conducted through the prism of the TDSB P037 Equity Policy. Please listen to their podcast Hear This! This podcast was developed with the help of the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement K-12 Learning Coach, Shayle Graham.
In December 2022, eight members of the Collective attended the Impact Award ceremony of the Caribbean Camera and the Black Indigenous Business Development Association (BIBDA). This award ceremony celebrates the achievements of outstanding Caribbean and Black people in Canada. They were all the surprise guests of Colleen Russell-Rawlins, Director of Education at the TDSB, the recipient of the 2022 Impact Award for Educational Leadership. A handful of students documented what the event meant for them for the Caribbean Camera, read their reflections here.