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Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Employee Award: 2018 recipients

The Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion congratulates all the recipients and 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.

Imogen CoeImogen Coe
Faculty of Science

Dr. Imogen Coe is the founding Dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University. She is a vocal advocate for the engagement, retention, recruitment and promotion of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in science and is known as a Canadian thought leader in this area. Dr. Coe has written and spoken on this issue locally and nationally, on numerous occasions, including as a speaker at TEDx and as a blogger for the Huffington Post. In fall 2016, she was recognized by WXN as one of Canada's Top 100 Women in the Trailblazer category for her advocacy work promoting equity in STEM.

Sri PathmanathanSricamalan Pathmanathan
Human Resources

Sricamalan (Sri) Pathmanathan has been a source of inspiration to many throughout his 20-year career at Ryerson. Across a variety of roles, Sri has focused on advancing the values of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) that are core to the university. Sri self-identifies as a person with a disability who is blind, racialized, and an immigrant to Canada. The lived experience of this identity has motivated Sri to consistently make EDI a priority. He sits on many committees that push for systemic EDI-focused changes, including the Employees With Disabilities Community Network, Immigrant Community Network and Ryerson Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Anver SaloojeeAnver Saloojee
Ryerson International

It is no secret that Dr. Saloojee’s reach extends globally; his intelligence, strategic thinking, superb communication skills and collaborative spirit have contributed to historic, progressive social change in South Africa and Canada. Regardless of geographic location, Anver's teaching, his scholarly work, his administrative leadership and his community engagement have been clearly guided by a deep and profound understanding of (in)equality, (in)justice, politics and the policy implementation process, as well as quite simply, layers of humanity. In short, each and every one of the challenges that he has taken up reflect an engagement with the overarching theme of EDI.

Career Centre TeamCareer Centre Team

In 2016-2017, the work of five members of the Career Centre team brought together hundreds of students, alumni and employers to share the successes and challenges they’ve faced in the workplace because of their identities, as well as provide opportunities to share tools and best practices to not only set up graduates for success in the workplace, but to also make the labour market a more accessible and inclusive place for all. The impact of their work has not gone unnoticed by industry, culminating in a $24,000 investment by Scotiabank to launch a new equity-focused career development program.

Fenella Amarasinghe, Rachel Barreca, Rebecca Dirnfeld, Chi-Chi Egbo, Jean-Pierre Fernandes, Olanike (Nikki) Waheed

Positive Space Co-Chair TeamPositive Space Co-Chair Team

As co-chairs of Ryerson Positive Space, Rachel Trozzolo and Laurie Stewart volunteer their time to serve the community network and plan awareness, education and engagement activities for employees of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. With concerted effort to maintain an intersectional lens, Rachel and Laurie have not only increased engagement from across campus in annual events like Display your Pride but have also led new initiatives like this year’s Trans Awareness month. The leadership of the Positive Space co-chairs is vital in the success of advancing and promoting the EDI culture at Ryerson.

Laurie Stewart, Rachel Trozzolo

Past recipients