Statement on diversity by UWinnipeg president

STATEMENT BY DR. ANNETTE TRIMBEE – President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg has a deep commitment to valuing and protecting the diversity of people who form our campus and community. Our incredible diversity is our greatest strength

Recent events in Charlottesville and elsewhere, including disturbing graffiti in Winnipeg neighbourhoods, illustrate that collectively, we must remain vigilant when confronted with racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and discrimination of any kind.

We categorically condemn those who seek to create of a climate of fear by spreading messages of hatred and intolerance.

We must guard against groups that seek to use freedom of speech on campuses as a defense to target people and communities because of race, religion, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and immigrant status.

The University of Winnipeg wishes to remind everyone, including visitors to campus, that we are governed by a Respectful Working and Learning Environment policy that “supports a climate of mutual respect in the workplace and learning environment so that members of the University community are free from harassment and discrimination.”

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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