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Community Networks and Committees

Ryerson is home to a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences

Community networks and committees are groups made up of students, faculty and staff from across the campus in order to provide representation of a diversity of perspectives and experiences. Members work together to foster community, create more inclusive spaces and address barriers on campus.

Community networks 

The Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI), in collaboration with various leaders and departments, is proud to support the work of these community networks. These groups exist not only to benefit their own group members, but the entire institution as a whole. Learn more about their work, connect with like-minded individuals and participate in events throughout the year. 

Committees 

Members of the OVPECI are represented on a variety of committees across campus.

The Aboriginal Education Council is committed to developing a new relation of truth and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people at Ryerson and in the community at large. Through initiatives driven by Aboriginal needs and values, the council works to ensure that the next generations of Aboriginal people will have greater opportunities at Ryerson University. 

What we do

Aboriginal Education Council is focused on:

  • Student recruitment, retention and engagement.
  • Embedding Aboriginal knowledge and content into the campus, curriculum and community.
  • Staff and faculty recruitment, engagement and support, including research support for faculty.
  • Implementation of the Ryerson University Postsecondary Education and Training Action Plan.

Learn more about the Aboriginal Education Council

Visit the Aboriginal Education Council website to learn more.

Access Ryerson

Access Ryerson is a university-wide initiative with a goal of removing barriers to the full participation of all community members with disabilities. 

What we do

Access Ryerson is committed to the transformation of Ryerson into a barrier-free leader in accessibility. Our mandate is to transform Ryerson into a leader of excellence in accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities, and in so doing, fulfill and exceed the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Our work is underpinned by foundational principles and values and four action pillars including: Education and awareness, tools and support, community and engagement and monitoring and accountability. 

Learn more about Access Ryerson

Visit the Access Ryerson website to learn more.

The Black History Awareness Committee is a team of students, faculty, and staff from across the university that is committed to celebrating Black history every day of the year.

What we do

The Black History Awareness Committee promotes Black history in Canada through various workshops and events. We also aim to advance student initiatives focused on the education of racialized history. The committee is also responsible for the Viola Desmond Awards and Bursary program. They also organize and host the annual Viola Desmond Awards Ceremony, designed to recognize the contributions made by Black women to the advancement and empowerment of the Black community.

Learn more about the Black History Awareness Committee

To learn more about the Black History Awareness Committee, please email blackhistory@ryerson.ca

The Mental Health Advisory Committee reports to Ryerson’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic, and Vice-President, Administration and Operations. The committee meets regularly, and draws its members from students, faculty and staff across campus.

What we do

The committee is guided by a mission to advocate for—and provide leadership in—eradicating stigma and mental health discrimination on campus.

Learn more about the Mental Health Advisory Committee 

Visit the Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee website to learn more.