The Diversity, Inclusion, Values and Equity Committee

Michener’s Diversity, Inclusion, Values and Equity Committee (DIVE) strives to create a safe, inclusive, accessible and welcoming space at Michener.

The Committee’s goal is to support and empower people to bring their full selves to the workplace every day. The Committee is led by staff, but our activities and messages are intended to give a voice to all marginalized employees and students on campus. We welcome everyone regardless of race, ethnic group, socioeconomic status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, language, religion or age.

National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, and it’s an opportunity to honour the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, and to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities. While events for National Indigenous History Month may be different this year, we can still share and learn from stories and traditions in new ways that keep us connected.

Just as important as acknowledging National Indigenous History Month is recognizing the recent news around the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory (Kamloops, BC). To echo Dr. Kevin Smith, President & CEO of UHN, the uncovering of the mass grave is a visible reminder of harm that has affected Indigenous families across Turtle Island. The afterlives of residential schools continue to be felt in the present. This is not an anomaly or isolated incident, Indigenous communities draw our attention to similar gravesites and losses in regions across the country. Residential schools are part of the fabric of colonization in Canada.

Michener has lowered our flag to half-mast outside the St Patrick campus to honour the children who died while attending the former residential school in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory. Real and lasting change must be through a collective effort. We reiterate our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion at Michener and UHN, and commit to working in partnership with Indigenous students, staff, patients and the community.

Throughout the month of June, we will post information about National Indigenous History Month resources and events on social media. We encourage you to share these resources so we can learn about this important month together.

Celebrating Pride at Michener

Dr. Brian Hodges, Executive Vice President of Education and Chief Medical Officer at UHN, has helped us launch Pride at Michener with a virtual Pride flag raising. This year the Pride flag is raised on the flagpole outside the St. Patrick campus and will stay there for the month of June. We’ve also replaced our previous Pride flag with the new flag design that includes black and brown stripes to represent people of colour and light blue, pink and white to include the trans flag. This new design is important because it shows the expansive identity within the community. Enjoy the virtual flag raising in the video below and watch for LGBTQ2S+ resources on Michener’s social media throughout June.

Reach out to the DIVE Committee at dive@michener.ca

DIVE Committee Members

Sabrina Bartlett (she/her), Centre for Interprofessional Education
Christine Davidson (she/her), Communications and Marketing
Alan Joson (he/him), Communications and Marketing
Krista McGonigle (she/her), Registrar’s Office
Mandy Sangha (she/her), Centre for Academic Quality
Luckshi Sathasivam (she/her), Registrar’s Office
Chanelle Small-Reid (she/her), Registrar’s Office
Aidan Gray (he/him), Registrar’s Office