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Race and Ethnic Relations Centre

The Centre for Race and Ethnic Relations (CRER), was established in 1988, to advise the University on policy relating to race and ethnic relations, and to provide anti-racism education for the entire community, as well as, support and services to York's multi-ethno-racial community, so that working, studying and living at York will be a harmonious and rewarding experience for all.

Students, faculty and staff have the right to study, live and work in an environment that is free from racial harassment and discrimination. Students, faculty and staff also have the responsibility not to racially harass any member of the York community including other students, faculty and staff. This is in accordance with York University's Policy Concerning Racism and the Ontario Human Rights Code, which prohibits harassment and discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, citizenship, place of origin, ancestry, ethnic background and creed. Every person has a right to freedom from harassment in the community, including such places as the classroom and the residences.

The CRER works in cooperation with several campus groups and associations active in the area of human rights, anti-racism and employment equity. The advisers at the Centre are available to give workshops on anti-racism and related issues to all sectors of the University. The Centre offers public education programs and a small resource library to increase awareness and action around issues of equity.

The Centre is also a Complaint Centre which provides a confidential place in which members of the York community can seek information regarding racial harassment and discrimination. The advisers outline the many options (both informal and formal) available to students, faculty and staff and discuss ways of handling the situation.

The Centre also works collaboratively with the University Complaints Centre and local complaints officers in the colleges and Faculties. The advisers, Teferi Adem and Heather Dryden, aim to ensure that concerns expressed by all members of the community are addressed with sensitivity and fairness.

The Centre for Race and Ethnic Relations is located in the Centre for Human Rights and Equity, 108 Central Square. Appointments can be made with Liliana Hassani at 416-736-5682.


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