Former Jamaica Canadian Association (JCA) president, Sandra Carnegie-Douglas, has joined the University Toronto as its anti-racism and cultural diversity officer.
In her new role, she will serve the institution’s downtown, Mississauga and Scarborough campuses in ensuring that every member of the university’s community has the right to study and work in a bias-free environment.
Carnegie-Douglas will be responsible for policies & practice, and issues & management as well as developing and leading related professional development and educational initiatives for the university in the area of anti-racism and diversity. In addition, she will also represent the university on relevant internal and external committees.
Shortly after her appointment, the university was named a Top Diversity Employer for the fifth successive year.
“The University of Toronto’s commitment to equity and diversity in all forms begins at the top with the inclusion of these issues in the portfolio of the vice-president of human resources and equity,” said Rosie Parnass, the university’s organizational development and learning centre director and chair of the committee that submitted the application. “When leadership is committed to equity, programs and initiatives that support this institutional value are not only welcomed, but expected.”
A U of T Psychology graduate, Carnegie-Douglas has a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Ryerson University and a Master’s in Education from York University.
She was a program director of policy and special projects with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, an executive coordinator with the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, a workplace discrimination/harassment prevention policy investigator/trainer with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and diversity manager in the Toronto Public Library’s Human Resources Division.
Prior to becoming the JCA’s third female president in June 2005, Carnegie-Douglas held the positions of vice-president and fundraising chair. In 1997, she chaired a task force that undertook an organizational review of the 50-year-old agency and some of her recommendations led to structural and operational changes, including the addition of new positions on the board to better reflect the organization’s diverse membership.
By RON FANFAIR