We are working toward a more inclusive university community that recognizes that excellence in inclusion is essential to best advance research and education.

Advisor's message

Hello and welcome to the University of Ottawa's Special Advisor, Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence page. When I was invited to fill this role, the University of Ottawa, as well as the world, was going through a period of profound reflection on race relations.

After 16 years of working at the University of Ottawa, I asked the following questions: How far did we want to go in the fight against racism and any form of discrimination? To what extent would the notion of inclusion incorporate and retain other points of views? The answers to these two questions persuaded me to accept this position.

Over the course of the next few months, I will help the University of Ottawa become a remarkable institution in terms of race relations, an institution that is at the forefront of the fight against all forms of discrimination. To achieve all this, I will need people who want to contribute to change and who want to actively participate in our efforts to shape a respectful and open campus.

Therefore, our purpose is to shape a more inclusive University of Ottawa in all respects; a welcoming university that prides itself on its rich cultural and racial diversity.

Boulou Ebanda de B’béri

Priorities

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Student experience
Providing better support for members of our racialized communities, including establishing a mentorship program and dedicated mental health offerings as well as additional scholarships for racialized students.
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Pedagogy and methodology
Accelerate the hiring of Black, Indigenous and racialized professors in the coming years. Program reviews to enrich curricula with more culturally diverse and inclusive practices (methodologies) and knowledge. Development and widespread implementation of anti-racism and anti-oppression training for the community.
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Research
Implementation of a research support program for racialized researchers, so that a more equitable, diverse and inclusive research community is established.

Blog

Scholarships
Samantha Peters, the Faculty’s Black Legal Mentor-in-Residence.
Scholarships

Faculty of Law Launches Multi-Year Scholarships for Black Law Students

The Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa is launching new entrance scholarships for Black law students.

President
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President

President Jacques Frémont Announces New Anti-Racism Initiatives at Senate

President Jacques Frémont announced five new initiatives designed to combat systemic racial discrimination in all three core areas.
Engineering
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Engineering

Ontario universities create fellowship to increase diversity in engineering

Six Ontario universities have partnered to create a new fellowship to expand the pathways for Indigenous and Black students pursuing doctoral degrees.

Mandate

Professor Boulou Ebanda de B'Béri is the first Special Advisor, Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence at the University of Ottawa.

This new position is another concrete step the University is taking to combat racism and make our campus a welcoming environment for all members of our community.

The Special Advisor will:

  • Lead the anti-racism and inclusion file, and be the public face of the University of Ottawa on this issue;
  • Work with the Human Rights Office, faculties and services, and all student groups to achieve goals of anti-racism and inclusion;
  • Help raise awareness and communicate anti-racism and inclusion actions/priorities on campus;
  • Communicate with the multitude of stakeholders across campus and in the broader community;
  • Propose appropriate structures for the University of Ottawa to be equipped to advance the anti-racism and inclusion file.

Share your comments or experiences with the Special Advisor directly: [email protected]

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Comments or suggestions?

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Contact us

Office of the Special Advisor on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence

Jock Turcot University Centre (UCU), 301B
85 University Private
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Reception: 613-562-5800 ext. 4313
Special Advisor: 613-562-5800 ext. 4226
Email[email protected]

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.