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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:
On Tuesday, June 27, 2023 members of the Student Equity Collective, along with their families and TDSB staff held a year-end Celebration of Learning hosted at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
The celebration was the Collective’s opportunity to showcase the documentation of their experiences and their recommendations for addressing issues of race, racism and hate within the education system.
Below are snippets of the event’s performances by students and special guests.