The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee was launched in November 2019 and is now an active part of ULI Toronto’s work in addressing issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in city building and furthering our responsibility to create a sustainable and thriving future for the Toronto region.
The committee plays a unique dual role within ULI Toronto as a resource (support role) in bringing an equity, diversity and inclusion lens to the work of our local District Council leadership; and as a catalyst (lead role) in organizing and delivering initiatives, programs and events to achieve its own mission.
The Mission of the EDI Committee is driven by four key activities: `
- Build the Pipeline by supporting the development and advancement of young, diverse members as future leaders in the city building industry;
- Amplify Diverse Voices by increasing the visibility and participation of diverse industry and community members, leaders and change-makers in all ULI Toronto’s initiatives, programs, activities and operations;
- Develop a Culture of Inclusiveness by celebrating the full diversity of our city and creating educational programs for members; and
- Empower Our Allies by identifying and supporting strategic partnerships with community organizations who are leaders in advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion in our city.
Our ED&I Committee is working hard to establish an EDI Action Plan for the upcoming year based on priorities that emerged from our annual strategy session in June 2020, including: new events, roundtables and workshops focused on EDI issues; new mentorship programs for equity-seeking groups; commitments to inviting new panelists and speakers with diverse perspectives to all ULI programs; changes to the composition and operation of ULI Toronto’s governance and committees to reflect the diversity of our city; and many more.
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We would encourage all of our members to support these anti-racism organizations and educate yourselves through some of these learning materials.
ULI’s Global DEI Community
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community is an online “neighbourhood” for ULI members and staff to share real-time communication about DEI efforts from the Institute and our members and member networks. Community moderators as well as community members can post relevant articles and resources, ask questions, and start conversations on topics of interest. Our hope is that through knowledge sharing we can all strengthen our understanding of the multifaceted issues involved with diversity, equity, and inclusion broadly, and specifically in the real estate industry.
You must opt into this community. To join, click here. When you join, you may choose to receive emails when new information is posted and the frequency of those emails, or you can opt out of emails altogether and just check the community postings at your leisure. We will post resources, minutes, and agendas from those exchange calls here so that members may access them.
For more on ULI’s Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion initiative, please click here.
Reading Material – Please support your local library and bookstores
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Colour of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
- A Call to Courage: An Open Letter to Canadian Urbanists by Jay Pitter
- A Reading List On Race For Allies Who Want To Do Better
- 8 must read books on US land use and housing policy
- Corporate Canada needs to take an active role in dismantling anti-Black racism | Globe and Mail
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
- How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax by Ted Rutland
- An Antiracist Reading List | Indigo
- Communication About Culturally Sensitive Issues
- Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences
- Cultivating Cultural Competence and Inclusion
- 13,000 years of Indigenous History in the GTA – And Why It Matters to Planning & Development
- Champions and Allies: A Conversation about Dismantling Barriers to Equality
- Engaging Change: A frank discussion on anti-Black racism in the design and development industry
- Racism & Exclusion in the Workplace Webinar: Part 1: Fireside Chat with Karlyn Percil-Mercieca
- Canadian Urban Institute (CUI): How do we respond to anti-Black racism in urbanist practices and conversations?
Organizations to Support
- Black Lives Matter Canada
- Black North Initiative
- Anti-Racism Industry Organizations
Watch and Listen
- Canada’s slavery secret: The whitewashing of 200 years of enslavement | CBC
- Slavery’s long shadow: The impact of 200 years enslavement in Canada | CBC
- The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay – October 11, 2020: Ibram X. Kendi on race and the 2020 US Presidential Election
- Is It Time To Say R.I.P. To ‘POC’? | Code Switch
- Black Lives Matter Watchlist | Netflix
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