Leadership and Governance

At Western, EDI work is collaborative and intersectional which involves communication, collaboration and working alongside various departments, faculties and groups that exist on within the Western community. 

Collaborative Groups 

EDID Central Working Group 

The EDID Central Working Group has been formed to provide advice to the AVP-EDI and share knowledge and wise practices across Western’s faculties, administrative units and student organizations to promote equity, anti-racism and accountability.

EDID Central Working Group

The President’s Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) 

The ARWG was established to better understand Western’s campus climate – particularly from the perspective of ethnocultural racialized groups – and to make recommendations that aim to make Western a safer, more respectful and more equitable environment in which to study, research, work and live.  

ARWG Final Report

Institutional Leadership on EDI 

Alan Shephard, President & Vice-Chancellor 

Dr. Opiyo Oloya, Associate Vice-President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

Focused positions for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Western  

This is a list of individuals whose work is solely or partially involved in EDI work around campus.  

Faculty of Engineering  

  1. Joanne Moniz, Manager, Outreach & Recruitment (Undergraduate & Graduate): Outreach & Recruitment/Engineering
  2. Kelsey Lavigne, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Outreach Programs Coordinator: Outreach & Recruitment/Engineering

Faculty of Health Science  

  1. Dr. Angela Mandich, Associate Dean, EDIDA, Faculty of Health Sciences
  2. Sarah Green, Academic Program Manager, Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Social Science  

  1. Kim Clark, Associate Dean EDID, Faculty of Social Science, Department of Anthropology
  2. Pam Block, co-chair EDID Committee, Department of Anthropology
  3. Jay Stock, co-chair EDID Committee, Department of Anthropology
  4. Professor Yvonne Asare-Bediako, Department of Sociology

Ivey Business School  

  1. Erin Huner, Director Culture and Inclusion, Dean’s Office, Ivey Business School

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

  1. Dr. Sukhveer Bains – Acting Associate Dean, EDI – Office of EDID, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  2. Seidy Rayo - Coordinator, EDI - Office of EDID, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  3. Olivia Ghosh-Swaby - Ph.D.- Chair, Council on Reforming Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Trainees (CREDIT), Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Brescia University College 

  1. Lissette Ochoa (she/her), International Program Coordinator/Preliminary Year Advisor, Special Advisor to the President, Diversity and Inclusion 

Western Research 

  1. Mariam Hayward, Director, Knowledge Exchange, Impact, and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization (EDI-D) in Research

Western International 

    1. Megan Sager, M.Ed., RISIA, Director, International Student Services
    2. Eunjung Riauka, M. Ed., Director, International Learning

Western Libraries

Western Libraries also has an EDI committee that can be reached at wl-diversity@uwo.ca. 

The chairs are:  

      1. Alison Wetheral, Library Assistant - User Experience, Western Libraries
      2. Denise Horoky, Associate Librarian - Teaching and Learning, Western Libraries


BrainsCAN has an EDI Committee including 3 staff members:

      1. Fay Harrison, Executive Director, BrainsCAN
      2. Ryan Salewski, Associate Director, BrainsCAN
      3. Hassam Ansari, Communications Officer, BrainsCAN

University Students' Council (USC) 

      1. Karla Pacheco, Senior Manager, People and Development, The University Students' Council

Student Experience 

    1. Ann Ayinde – Career Coach, International Students (Career Education, Careers & Experience)
    2. Rand Clayton – Accessibility Programming Coordinator (Accessible Education, Academic Support & Engagement)
    3. Mary VanBussel – Learning Strategist (Accessible Education, Academic Support & Engagement)