Next event in EDI series will focus on building equity and diversity in post-secondary education, April 22

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Portrait of Sheila Cote-Meek, York University's inaugural VP Equity
Sheila Cote-Meek

As part of its efforts to create a more equitable, diverse and inclusive community at York University, the President’s Advisory Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) has organized a new speaker series, “Insights: A Speaker Series on EDI,” which will be hosted by Vice-President of Equity, People and Culture Sheila Cote-Meek. The speaker series is designed to inform and inspire community members to take action by provoking thought and conversation about EDI issues.

On Thursday, April 22, from 12 to 1 p.m., the York community is invited to participate in the second event in the series. The topic is Building Equity Diversity and Inclusion Strategies and Actions: Lessons Learned in Canadian Post-Secondary. Rebecca Pillai Riddell, York University’s associate vice-president research, will be moderating this event, which will feature panelists Arig al Shaibah, associate vice-president equity and inclusion, McMaster University, and Wendy Therrien, director, external relations and research, Universities Canada.

Rebecca Pillai Riddell
Rebecca Pillai Riddell

This event will be presented over the Zoom Webinar platform. Registration is required and can be completed at:

The President’s Advisory Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) was created in November 2020 to provide advice and counsel on the development of an institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategy for the University.

Chaired by Cote-Meek, the council will consult with York students, staff, faculty and instructors on the planning and implementation of a new EDI strategy.

You can learn more about the event and the work of the advisory council at