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Amorell Saunders N’Daw starts role as Senior Advisor on equity and diversity

Amorell Saunders N'Daw, Director of Governance at UTSC, will also take on the interim role of Senior Advisor on Equity and Diversity. During her secondment, she hopes to encourage everyone in the UTSC community to see equity and diversity as part of their responsibility. (Photo by Ken Jones)

Amorell Saunders N’Daw, Director of Governance at U of T Scarborough (UTSC), will also take on the interim role of Senior Advisor on Equity and Diversity starting Jan. 23.

Saunders N’Daw says a commitment to equity is integral to how UTSC does business.

“We’re sensitive here at Scarborough because we know that we have an extremely diverse student body. We always want to make sure that we’re responsive to that,” she says.

As Special Advisor to the principal and executive Equity and Diversity team, Saunders N’Daw’s, a well-known leader in the UTSC community, will work in a concentrated effort to give support and direction. 

During her five-month secondment she hopes to elevate the role in a way that “everybody that studies, works or teaches here feels that equity and diversity is also their responsibility.” 

Saunders N’Daw views fairness, diversity and inclusion as a wide-ranging approach.

“It’s a way of living, being and doing business. The research shows that when an organization embraces diversity it creates an environment where people, regardless of their sexual orientation, race, religion, gender, feel welcomed and that their values are celebrated - then it actually provides positive outcomes.”

Saunders N’Daw, a longtime resident of Scarborough, is no stranger to championing inclusion and diversity. From 2008 to 2013, she was the Equity Liaison to the Principal’s office before the Equity and Diversity Office existed at UTSC.

“I helped to facilitate the active engagement of members of our community to make sure that we created a position that was supportive of the university equity and diversity principles more broadly and our equity and diversity and inclusion values specific to UTSC,” she says.

Since Saunders N’Daw began in 2008, U of T has made considerable progress in equity matters. The University, recognized as a top diversity employer in 2017, also created the new role of Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Equity.

“We’ve created full-time [Equity and Diversity] positions both at UTSC and UTM,” she says. “I think the entire community is thoughtful about these principles and how we live them.”

Saunders N’Daw starts the position on Jan. 23 with well wishes from the U of T community.

“I’ve really appreciated the outpouring of support that I’ve received since the announcement went out,” she says. “That’s support that I will count on, rely on, to help me do this really important work.”


 




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