Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

How UTS makes sure it is a safe space for everyone.

UTS is built to be there for everyone, but our community needs to reflect the diversity of the city and underrepresented groups need better support. This doesn’t just happen: it needs active work. In our ongoing process to be a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment for our students, staff, and families, UTS has several initiatives.

Nasreen KhanEquity & Inclusion Program Director
Co-Chair of the UTS Equity Committee

Community of Support

The Community of Support works to support Black and Indigenous families through the admissions processes and their time at UTS by connecting them with Black or Indigenous UTS students, alumni and UTS community partners. Its goal is to actively increase the number of Black and Indigenous students at UTS.

This includes one-on-one advising at every stage of the admissions process and mentorship opportunities.
 

Makeda DaleyDirector, Outreach Programs and Community Engagement
mdaley@utschools.ca

Indigenous Solidarity

Indigenous Solidarity at UTS goes beyond the Land Acknowledgement made at school events, with Truth and Reconciliation forming the foundation of year-long independent study among Foundation students, the Indigenous Solidarity Commitee’s work to educate and organize students and staff in the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Report, and with the guidance of our Elder-in-Residence Cat Criger. 


 

UTS is on a reconciliation journey with a long way still to go. With help, we are making connections between the past, the present and elements of nature that gives both space and cause for everyone to reflect and feel a sense of purpose and place.”

Cat CrigerElder-in-Residence at UTS

LGBT2Q+

UTS a safe space for LGBT2Q+ individuals. Discrimination is not tolerated, and throughout the year, the Gender Equity Committee and Queer Strait Alliance meet to celebrate LGBT2Q+ history and support LGBT2Q+ issues. Each spring the Pink Day brings the entire school together with panels and speakers on the LGBT2Q+ experience and students take their messages of support to the street with a school party.

The 2019 UTS Pink Day celebrations

Affording UTS

In the 2019-2020 school year, UTS gave over $1.4M in financial aid to families to help make tuition more affordable through bursaries. 20% of the students at UTS receive bursaries, ranging from 5% to 100% of tuition, with the average bursary size being $12,175.
 

Bursaries at UTS are distributed based solely on need and are made possible by the generosity of our donors—the alumni, family, and friends of the school who know that the incredible UTS experience should be available to every student who earns admission, regardless of their financial situation.


 

Learning Needs

We work with students in need of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to ensure they have an equitable experience of the UTS education. The Head of Academics, Head of Student Support, and Student Services Office identify the student’s learning expectations and develop the appropriate accommodations and assessment modifications the student may need


 

Social Justice

As socially-responsible global citizens, UTS students take initiative to address inequity and work for a better future. Part of becoming socially responsible global citizens means active participation in the conversation around and development of policies to address issues of inequality locally and around the world.


 

The Equity Initiatives Process

Students and staff need a common language and skills to address racism and other forms of oppression. Our curriculum needs to be more reflective of the diversity of voices and identities/communities underrepresented in the school

This is the time to sharpen our equity lens, change culture through actions, and strive to achieve our educational mission to enable each and every student to learn effectively, and to improve learning outcomes for all.

UTS prepares students to become socially responsible global citizens. We are developing the language, skills and confidence in students to engage in the larger social dialogue and movements making change in their communities.