Topic: Equity and social justice

Universities must open their archives and share their oppressive pasts

The archives of academic institutions can tell previously untold stories of eugenics. Universities can begin to undo oppressive legacies by opening them […]

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Should university and college funding be tied to how many students graduate?

Colleges are increasingly being judged on how many students graduate. But is tying funding to graduation rates the way to go? George […]

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Women in engineering: Barriers remain 30 years after École Polytechnique shooting

Engineering programs can learn about recruitment, inclusion and retention from different fields. (Shutterstock) The 30th anniversary of the Montréal Massacre is an […]

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Editorial Matters: Economics and inequality

By Ben Lewis

It is commonly understood that postsecondary education ought to focus on fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and vigorous debate, with the goal […]

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Trending towards inequality: Understanding the role of universities in the rise of contract academic work

By Kimberly Ellis-Hale and Glen Copplestone

The 1990s are key to understanding how Ontario’s postsecondary institutions have systematically entrenched economic inequality between contract and tenure-stream faculty. Even with […]

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Healthy research ecosystem—healthy researchers? The researcher as an organism of focus within a research ecosystem

By Michelle L.A. Nelson and Ross Upshur

The academic research environment is changing and researchers report struggling to adapt in order to be successful. Funding shortfalls are perennial, but […]

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The corporatization of the university budget and its consequences for academic support workers

By Janice Folk-Dawson

As governments and administrators increasingly run universities like private corporations, academic support workers find their working conditions deteriorating and their jobs threatened. […]

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How the “Student Choice Initiative” seeks to silence student voices

By Felipe Nagata

For decades, students’ unions have been raising concerns about skyrocketing tuition fees. Now, in an obscene twist, the Ford government is using […]

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Identifying the gaps: Reflecting on a career pursuing understanding and equity in academia

By Donald C. Cole

Upon retiring, Professor Donald C. Cole took some time to consider his career at the University of Toronto. In doing so, he […]

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Academic freedom is under threat around the world – here’s how to defend it

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. shutterstock/Piotr Wawrzyniuk Academic freedom is at the heart of successful universities. UNESCO defines it as the right “to […]

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