Mandatory Anti-Racism Course for Ryerson University Students to graduate

0 have signed. Let’s get to 1,500!

At 1,500 signatures, this petition is more likely to get picked up by local news!

On June 2nd President of Ryerson University sent out an email addressing the recent events of race-based hatred and violence against members of racialized communities. The email included:

As a university, our response must be to re-dedicate ourselves to calling out injustices and to stay the course in building a campus culture that is respectful and focused on ensuring human rights and dignity for all.

We can be a model for the kind of society our city and country aspire to be, by coming together and reconfirming our values – in thought and action – and by condemning racism, bigotry and hatred, in all of its forms and wherever it takes place.

They also stated "with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff, and a commitment to being intentionally inclusive the current situation touches us all. Our physical distance from each other does not diminish the effects."

I believe that something as simple as implementing a mandatory course on anti-racism at Ryerson University that must be completed to graduate can help Ryerson demonstrate this commitment to being intentionally inclusive. 

With the petition, I will be writing a letter to the president of Ryerson Mohamed Lachemi to request this mandatory anti-racism course. Requiring students to take this course can provide an opportunity for people of all ages, genders, backgrounds, etc. to better understand, and advocate against racism. This is a chance to help change the way certain people think and empower them to challenge injustices. A chance to no longer allow anyone to stay silent.

Please take the time to consider signing this petition and be a part of the change.

Thank you.

Picture source: