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Creative innovation challenges perceptions about diversity

Parambir may wear scrubs to work but that has not limited his ability to express his identity through his appearance. Above, he poses with one hand covering his eye and the other on his heart, confronting assumptions and misconceptions about South Asian and Sikh men. This physician is one of 50 men featured in Refashioning Masculinity, external link, opens in new window, a Ryerson-initiated project that is examining the challenges of gender norms and how fashion can empower diversity.

The research project is the brain-child of School of Fashion, external link, opens in new window Professor Ben Barry, director of the recently launched Centre for Fashion Diversity and Social Change at Ryerson. Ben is dedicated to changing the way people think about gender, beauty and body image, having worked with governments in Quebec and the United Kingdom to develop public policies fostering body confidence.

The new Centre augments the Faculty of Communication & Design’s commitment to generating change in cultural industries and amplifies Ryerson’s role as a creative innovation hub with globally recognized programs. At Ryerson, we are connected by diversity and defined by impact.