University of Alberta: Signing of the Scarborough Charter

On November 18, over 40 universities and colleges from across Canada – including the University of Alberta – officially signed the Scarborough Charter, a document outlining a national plan of action to fight structural racism.

The U of A is honoured to join our peer institutions across Canada in signing the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education. The charter is strongly aligned with the U of A’s Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity, and the mission and vision described therein.

“The Scarborough Charter provides us with an important and rigorous framework for recognizing and addressing anti-Black racism, as well as promoting and fostering inter-sectional Black flourishing, inclusive excellence, and mutual community engagement,” said U of A President Bill Flanagan.

Spearheaded by the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Scarborough Charter stems from the National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities held in October of 2020. The principles, actions and commitments outlined in the charter “reflect our collective recognition of the realities of anti-Black racism, encapsulate our shared aspirations to address them, and provide a concrete framework for delivering on our promise” (University of Toronto Scarborough).

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