The University values and respects diversity of knowledge, worldviews and experiences that come from membership in different groups, and the contribution that diversity makes to the learning, teaching, research and work environment. Ryerson values mutual and reciprocal relationships with the broader community and considers such engagement vital to fulfilling its mission; students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in community, civic and volunteer activities to expand Ryerson’s positive influence and impact on civic issues. These relationships and activities often involve bringing some of our resources to external diverse communities.
- Want to be your own boss? Study suggests it's harder if you're a new Canadian
Ryerson study shows immigrants desire entrepreneurship, but face more barriers
- Conference to highlight stories of migration
Newcomer Students’ Association of Ryerson holds first annual Immigrant, Refugee and International Students Conference. Topics include the challenges for migrants, refugees, and international students entering a Canadian university; how the media shapes our perception of migrant stories; and the opportunities for women who are newcomers to assume leadership roles.
- A vision for entrepreneurship
The Office of Social Innovation at Ryerson is investigating the experiences of newcomers and young people in the innovation ecosystem, and the office is spearheading a project that adds a visual storytelling element to the process of launching a social enterprise.
- New research says immigrant entrepreneurs see starting a business as desirable, but barriers persist
A new research report, Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Barriers and Facilitators to Growth, from Ryerson’s Diversity Institute shows that a substantial proportion of new Canadians are attracted to entrepreneurship as a desirable career choice (73 per cent), but the reasons may be different than for Canadian-born entrepreneurs.
- Harrison Browne talks trans inclusion in sport at Mattamy Athletic Centre
First openly transgender athlete in North American pro hockey takes part in Trans Awareness Month at Ryerson.
- Ryerson University commits to better data on diversity
As universities grapple with a lack of information, Ryerson hopes its new self-ID survey can break down barriers to learning.
- University introduces first Student Diversity Self-ID survey
The Student Diversity Self-ID survey will help give Ryerson a better sense of who is represented at the school and its faculties.
- Trans Awareness Month is bigger than ever
In November 2017, Ryerson’s first-ever trans pride flag raising ceremony in the Kerr Hall Quad opened Trans Awareness Month. Organized by Positive Space at Ryerson, the university’s annual celebration of its trans community returns for its most ambitious and event-packed instalment yet.
- Mentorship program sees Muslim professionals mentor Muslim students
MAX mentors is the latest initiative of MAX (Muslim Awards for Excellence), an organization that made its debut last year with a flashy awards dinner, with the feel of a Muslim Oscars, to celebrate and encourage achievement in the Canadian Muslim community. The keynote speakers included Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi
- Bridging the gap
Since launching at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, the program has had 85 graduates, with participants coming from 32 countries. More than 80 per cent of graduates have found employment in the medical field or are pursuing higher education.
- Ryerson study highlights severe lack of visible minorities on corporate boards
While the percentage of women on large corporate boards has steadily grown, the representation of visible minorities in leadership has stalled, a new study has found.
- Shedding light on the global refugee crisis
A Rohingya student in biomedical science at Ryerson delivered a presentation on campus about the plight of her people—over 436,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh since August 2017. It was the first of a series of lunch-and-learn events about the global refugee crisis held by World University Services Canada (WUSC) Ryerson, a program offered by International Student Support (ISS), Student Life.
- Caribbean Studies celebrates 20 years
In 1997, a group of community and Ryerson faculty members came together to organize Ryerson’s first Caribbean Studies courses, housed in the Department of Sociology. At the time, its students largely came from Ryerson’s growing Caribbean population. Twenty years later, both the courses and the students have grown in surprising ways.
- Ryerson introduces 'all-gender' student housing option
Students are no longer required to reveal gender identity on housing applications; the move comes from a motivation to make the campus more inclusive — a plea that comes directly from students.
- A healing journey through Indigenous fashion
Growing up in small-town Ontario, Riley Kucheran felt little connection to his Indigenous heritage. Though his mother is Ojibway, and Kucheran is part of the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg community, he didn’t begin coming into his identity until he moved to Toronto in 2010. In 2015, he was hired by Ryerson’s School of Fashion to help ‘Indigenize’ its curriculum.
- Student startup taps soccer’s universal appeal
STADIUM was developed as a two-year entrepreneurship capstone project at the Ted Rogers School of Management, where students were encouraged to identify their own interests and build a business model in that domain. The business was incubated in the SocialVentures Zone, which helped develop a model for recruiting volunteers, and was recently accepted into iBoost.
- Groundbreaking project explores Black experience in the GTA | Toronto Star
The project, started in 2011, was a joint partnership with the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University, United Way, YMCA and York University. It was funded by TD Group; Ontario Trillium Foundation; the Province of Ontario; the Regions of Peel, Durham and York; Durham and York police services; and the Toronto Police Services Board.
- Two great minds, one powerful substance
Two students joined the Science Discovery Zone and started a business Entropy Labs. They have discovered a more economical and sustainable method to produce aerogel – an insulating substance that is three times more expensive (per gram) than gold.
- Telling stories that carry Indigenous recognition and visions of resurgence of Indigenous nations
Q & A with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, a distinguished visiting professor who is a Nogojiwanong (Peterborough)-based writer, musician and academic, about the long path to reconciliation.
- Journalism students explore Indigenous stories
“Indigenous Land, Urban Stories” project profiles Indigenous city-dwellers for Canada 150
- Retrieved lifeboat tells stories of Tamil refugees
A World Refugee Day event at Ryerson University on Tuesday will centre on one of the lifeboats 155 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees arrived in off the coast of Newfoundland more than 30 years ago.
- Masai Ujiri tells graduates about the value of respect
Raptors President says what captivates him most about Ryerson is the diversity. Receiving his honorary doctorate, his speech focused on respecting people, families and cultures.
- Career Centre honoured for innovative education
Two innovative programs from the Ryerson Career Centre were recognized with the Excellence in Innovation: Diversity Award from the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers.
- Future of reconciliation top issue at upcoming Ryerson conference
Social science researchers will present ideas on how to shape the country's future as part of Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences series of events. This year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences will also take a critical look at the existing opportunities and challenges for a successful reconciliation process.
- The Indigenous stories behind Canada 150
Playwright and actor Billy Merasty to lead Indigenous storytelling event at Congress 2017. We all know that the fur trade helped build the country we know today. But do we all know the engine that powered it?
- Canadian Colleges See Surge of Foreign Students. It’s Not Just Politics.
At Ryerson University in Toronto, for example, the number of international undergraduates, including from the United States, who have confirmed that they will attend in the fall is up nearly 50 percent over this time last year.
- Ryerson University launches open access fashion journal
Canada’s Ryerson University and the FCAD Centre for Fashion Diversity and Social Change launched on Tuesday a new fashion academia journal. Dubbed “Fashion Studies”, the journal’s aim is to reimagine the fashion industry as an inclusive place and to examine the relationship between fashion, diversity and social change
- New Toronto initiative to audit tech incubators on diversity
Research backed by Ryerson University could help show data about diversity in the tech industry.
- Congress 2017 looks ahead at the next 150
From May 27 to June 2, Ryerson University will be home to Canada’s largest academic gathering. The Faculty of Arts is hosting the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2017, an annual week-long event of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences that brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners. Seventy scholarly associations will hold their annual conferences at the event.
- Celebrating Canada 150
Ryerson is marking Canada’s 150th birthday with events, activities and stories that speak to the Canadian experience in all its diversity drawing from 10,000 years of traditions in Canada.
- Opening a dialogue about women in Islam
Faculty of Arts class displays projects on contemporary Muslim life
- Denise O’Neil Green appointed university’s first vice-president, equity and community inclusion
New position created to provide strategic leadership in equity, diversity and inclusion
- Celebrating Canada’s 150th with new Canadians
Canadians come from all over the world, and diversity is our strength. These were the messages put forth when Ryerson University hosted a citizenship oath ceremony on April 12, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
- United we stand
Community members gathered in the Student Learning Centre to mark the International Day of Pink, a day for everyone to take a stand against homophobic and transphobic bullying.
- Student’s journey takes her from the refugee camp in Gaza to Toronto
Industrial engineering student moves from the Middle East to Africa to the United States to Ryerson
- University recognized as top diversity employer
For the third straight year, Ryerson has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. The annual Canada’s Best Diversity Employers Competition recognizes Canadian employers that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. The rankings feature the diversity leaders in their industry and region of Canada.
- Emerging fashion designer sews a voice for his indigenous heritage
Ryerson 2016 Fashion grad land, whose mother’s family background is indigenous (from the Lil’wat Nation), designed clothes to highlight a beautiful and diverse culture.
- Diverse tech: innovative immigrants are showing the way
As the U.S. tech sector blasts the travel bans because of the important role immigrants play in the industry, Canada is surging forward in innovation with help from a diverse bunch who are founding companies, launching apps, furthering tech education and moving the economy forward. Jordanian-born Abdullah Snobar, executive director of the DMZ, shares his thoughts about the importance of diversity at the tech incubator at Ryerson.
- Campus radio initiative shares the newcomer experience
Since last spring, Ryerson’s campus community radio station The Scope (CJRU 1280 AM) has hosted radio workshops for Canadian newcomers, immigrants and refugees. A partnership between the station and CultureLink settlement services, the four-week courses offer both practical, hands-on training in radio production, and a chance for the newcomers to share their experiences.
- Fashion Zone startup shows a different side of Islam
In a time of unprecedented Islamophobia, a Ryerson-based fashion startup is showing a positive side of Muslim culture. Black Orchid combines Muslim culture with modern design.
- Toronto-based photographer diversifies images of Muslim women
A fourth-year Ryerson Image Arts student is challenging "representations" of Muslim women after she says she was treated as a "one-dimensional person" because of her faith and background. Alia Youssef’s portrait series, "The Sisters Project," diversifies images of Muslim women by sharing their stories and portraying them in a space that’s meaningful to them. Her photographs will be showcased on May 4 at the Ryerson School of Image Arts.
- Viola Desmond Day Awards celebrate black Canadian women
Named for the black Nova Scotia businesswoman who challenged segregation, the Viola Desmond Day Awards recognize the contributions of black Canadian women to the Ryerson campus and community.
- From refugee camp to university
Visually impaired photographer follows his passions for photography and engineering at Ryerson
- Toronto not truly a ‘Sanctuary City,’ report says
Researchers from Ryerson University say more work needed to make Toronto safe for undocumented migrants.
- Students honour missing women in multimedia project
Ryerson students collaborated with families of indigenous women and the community to produce the Shades of our Sisters exhibit. The multimedia exhibit is a combination of film, soundscapes and personal artifacts.
- Crashing the boys’ club
Newcomer from Syria now a leader in business technology through Chang School data analytics program. One of Joanna Kader’s goals is to be an inspiration to the Syrian refugees who’ve just moved to Canada.
- One year after tragedy, La Loche comes to Toronto
Nearly one year after the shooting tragedy, 10 students and two staff members from La Loche Community School in Saskatchewan visited Ryerson as part of a four-day Toronto trip. President Mohamed Lachemi said the invitation to campus and reaching out to the aboriginal community is a priority for Ryerson.
- A diverse workplace means diverse perspectives
In 2016, the Ryerson Career Centre launched Investing in Inclusion, a semi-annual series of half-day education outreach sessions that are geared towards Ryerson’s employer partners. The events seek to educate Ryerson recruiters on how to promote and retain a workforce committed to equity and diversity.
- Power to the people
From January 18 through April 9, Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) and Black Artist’s Network Dialogue (BAND) are presenting a series of photography exhibitions in Toronto titled Power to the People: Photography and Video of Repression and Black Protest.
- Psychology, ESL students collaborate on community art project
PhotoVoice art project asks: What does it mean to be a young person in 2016?
- Ryerson student honoured with Barbara Turnbull Award
A first-year media production student at Ryerson University was the recipient of the Barbara Turnbull Award. The award was set up in memory of a former Toronto Star journalist who was a champion of people with disabilities.
- Student award winners find the value in volunteering
Two Ryerson students are being recognized at Canadian Bureau for International Education’s 2016 Excellence Awards for their efforts to make the campus a more welcoming place. The Canadian Bureau for International Education is also honouring Ryerson’s Glocal Links program, which helps international students connect with new Canadian friends on- and off-campus.
- Building a bridge for immigrant doctors
The Internationally Trained Medical Doctors Bridging Program at Ryerson offers a path for internationally trained medical doctors to pursue non-licensed careers in the Canadian health care field. The program trains immigrants for new careers in health research, healthcare management, or non-licensed positions as an alternative to medical doctors licensing
- Life after Syria
Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge celebrates over two years of resettlement. The Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge is a collaborative venture between four Toronto universities to support and resettle displaced Syrians.
- LGBTQ archives opening up Things stored away as part of history
Ryerson volunteers are working diligently to digitize one of the world’s largest archives of LGBTQ history
- Midwives bring birth back to Nunavik
In a remote northern community in the province of Quebec, Ryerson midwifery professor Vicki Van Wagner is seeing the benefits of bringing birth back home
- Bringing LGBTQ history out of the dark
Even for a liberal city like Toronto, there was a time the LGBTQ community could not be out and proud.
- Where diversity and inclusion live
Four Ryersonians explain how diversity is transforming the post-secondary landscape
- Toronto developer’s game tackles racism ‘from the inside looking out’
An/Other – a first-person video game created by Ryerson University master’s graduate Jordan Sparks for his final thesis project – challenges other developers to think about the potential social purposes of video games.
- Pride at Ryerson
Celebrate diversity and inclusion and show your support for the LGBTT2SIQQA community by attending Pride festivities throughout the month of June.
- Learning English the holistic way
In two 12-week semesters, the Ryerson ESL Foundation Program offers English-language and academic skills instruction to students who are academically qualified for Ryerson, but who don’t have the minimum English proficiency.
- Bridging programs for new Canadians
Programs bridge the gap in education and experience by providing Canadian designations or certifications. Many help them network and make valuable connections with potential employers to gain Canadian experience.
- 11 new bridge training projects for internationally trained immigrants in Ontario
Ryerson is one of several organizations offering the new bridge programs to receive funding from the Ontario government, which is investing $3.35 million over two years through the Ontario Bridge Training Program to help internationally trained professionals find jobs that match their skills and experience.
- 11 new bridge training projects for internationally trained immigrants in Ontario
- Ryerson U. works to connect disabled job-seekers with employers
Ryerson’s Magnet project is building a digital platform to match job-seekers with disabilities to enlightened employers.
- Viola Desmond Awards shine light on community
The 8th Annual Viola Desmond Awards celebrated the achievements of Black women from Ryerson’s student, staff and faculty community, and helped raise awareness of the lives of women of African descent in Canada, past and present.
- Nelson Mandela Walk dedicated on campus
Nelson Mandela Walk, located between Victoria and Gould and Gerrard Sts., recognizes the special relationship Ryerson has with the late freedom fighter and symbol of reconciliation.
- Using her own language
PhD thesis of Communication and Culture grad focuses on the impact of online videos created and consumed by the Deaf community
- City honours international student support co-ordinator
Recognized for work to create new personal and professional development opportunities for international students.
- Voices of experience
Advice for students with disabilities on starting a career, part of a series featuring professionals discussing their career journeys
- Aboriginal Community Outreach and Recruitment
Supporting education and career goals of the Aboriginal community
- Women in Engineering
Information for female students considering a career in engineering
- Trimentoring Program
Outreach to and assistance for those first in their family to attend university
- Spanning the Gaps Program
Breaking the cycle of inter-generational poverty and social exclusion by providing access to higher education
- 50+ Programming for older adults
Courses, workshops and community engagement opportunities for adults over 50