Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Employee Award: 2017 recipients
The Office of the Assistant Vice-President/Vice-Provost Equity, Diversity and Inclusion congratulates all the recipients, nominees, and thanks all the nominators for making this an excellent year. All of the nominations were inspiring and contained many of the qualities we value at Ryerson.
Facilities Management and Development
Kerri Bailey, manager of finance and strategic planning for Facilities Management and Development, deserves this year's Alan Shepard EDI Award because she has made inclusion and accessibility central to the work that she does. Her successes in making Ryerson a more accessible campus demonstrate what can be achieved when equity, diversity and inclusion are not an add-on, but instead inform your decision-making and priorities from the start. Leading by example, Kerri has ensured that everyone she works with understands accessibility as critical to their mission and the result is a better campus environment for everyone in our community.
Spanning the Gaps, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
O'neil Edwards, program director of Spanning the Gaps' Access to Postsecondary Education Program, consistently embodies and champions the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion at Ryerson University. For the past decade, he has worked tirelessly to knock down barriers to allow students from marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds to acquire a university education. As a racialized minority who struggled with a learning disability, he's been a tremendous mentor and role model for many students and has helped improve and transform countless lives. Additionally, by forming partnerships with community organizations, O'neil has been very instrumental in Ryerson's engagement, city-building and reputation for EDI.
Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Arts
For more than three decades, Professor Myer Siemiatycki has made a significant contribution to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), through research, curriculum development, teaching, special projects, community service, and media. Myer's publications address the representation of women, immigrants and visible minorities in government policy, public space, civic belonging and in the workplace. His research has a high media profile and public/policy impact, and he is a steady presence in EDI events across Canada. On campus, Myer's EDI commitment shows in the Union Fair, Holocaust Education and, most recently, the inaugural Jack Layton Chair.