RISE was established in 2016 to enhance the university community’s ability to bring issues of race and racism to the forefront of conversations on York campuses. RISE reports to the President's Advisory Committee on Human Rights (PACHR), and is supported by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion.
The RISE Committee aims to foster an inclusive environment with the purpose of working towards the elimination of racism at York University. Recognizing the intersection of race with other personal identities which fall under the protected grounds of the Ontario Human Rights Code including age, ancestry, citizenship, creed (religion), colour, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender identity (gender expression), marital status, sex (including pregnancy), place of origin, record of offences, receipt of public assistance, and sexual orientation, the Committee aims to create mechanisms for support and proactive institutional practices to remove barriers and increase access and agency for York’s racialized members.
Committee members will provide proactive consultations on:
- Policy review and revision
- Program development
- Resources development
- Community engagement initiatives
- OHRC Human Rights 101
- OHRC Racial discrimination (brochure)
- Statement to the media by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, on the conclusion of its official visit to Canada, 17-21 October 2016
- International Decade for People of African Descent
- Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada