Acadia University has taken a major step towards greater equity, diversity, and inclusion with its release of the Report of the President’s Anti-Racism Task Force (PART) and the official response by the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Peter Ricketts.
“The publication of these two documents marks the beginning of the work that we need to do as an institution to address racism on our campus,” Ricketts said. “The PART report and my response will provide the roadmap for starting 2022 in a positive way to address racism and make real progress towards equity, diversity, and inclusion at Acadia.”
PART, which was officially announced on Emancipation Day, August 1, 2020, builds on the work of the President’s Advisory Council on Decolonization and other initiatives at Acadia University to counter racism. The task force and its working groups have been meeting regularly since November 2020 and have generated recommendations for specific aspects of Acadia's work.
“President Ricketts’ announcement of initiatives to address racism on campus is timely,” said Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis. “It comes in the context of a Canada-wide recognition of the need for urgency in implementing measures outlined in The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and the United Nations Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on its mission to Canada.”
To ensure that change will be real and lasting, President Ricketts announced three high-level actions:
The PART report provides a detailed series of short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations. These include the following:
“The PART report represents a call to action for Acadia as we seek to become an anti-racist community and make lasting contributions to the elimination of racism in society at large,” Ricketts said. “My sincere thanks to the Co-Chairs, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis and Ms. Patricia McCulloch; Vice-Chair, Ms. Zabrina Whitman; and Elder Dr. Joe Michael, Acadia’s Elder in Residence, for their leadership, wisdom and guidance throughout this process.”
Read the Report (PDF)
Read the President's Response (PDF)