Inclusion Day celebrates diversity at York University, Feb. 4

What does it mean to belong? How can we promote a greater sense of belonging at York University?

The Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI) has partnered with the Law Commission of Ontario to host the 11th annual Inclusion Day on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The event will be held at Osgoode Hall Law School, Helliwell Centre, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The partners invite the York community to experience an all-day event, that starts with a panel discussion on the impacts of human rights on artificial intelligence, the launch of an important campaign called, #YUBelong, and concludes with innovative presentations from the President’s Advisory Council on Human Rights sub-committees, RISE, SexGen and Enable York.

The morning panel discussion will bring together thought-leaders in philosophy, human rights, law and technology to explore the key questions being raised about artificial intelligence (AI) systems: How can AI systems avoid automating bias? Is AI any more robust or neutral than human decision making? And how can York University ensure that AI tools and research on campus contributes to inclusion rather than exclusion?

The featured speakers are:

  • Professor Trevor Farrow, law, access to justice;
  • Professor Regina Rini, philosophy, sociology;
  • Insiya Essajee, law, human rights; and
  • Professor Ruth Urner, machine learning, electrical engineering and computer science.

During the lunch hour, refreshments will be served and the new #YUBelong campaign, created by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion and the Student Community & Leadership Development unit, will be officially launched with a video and remarks by the production team. Look out for the promotional videos leading up Inclusion Day, as well.

In the afternoon, the President’s Advisory Council on Human Rights sub-committees, RISE, Enable York and SexGen – focused on race, accessibility and sexuality-gender affairs – will further explore belonging through information-based and other initiatives. Come expecting to be engaged in conversation with the committees, learning more about their work and providing feedback on aspects of their initiatives, as follows:

  • RISE: An Introduction to RISE and Approaches to Belonging
  • SexGen: The Hows and Whys of They: Respecting Trans Pronouns
  • Enable York: Launch of Access Website and Community Engagement/Feedback Forum

Register and get more information at The event will be available via webcast. A link will be provided to registrants closer to the event date.