Inclusion, Diversity, Decolonization, Equity and Accessibility Leadership Symposium


What is ID2EALS 

ID2EALS stands for the Inclusion, Diversity, Decolonization, Equity and Accessibility Leadership Symposium. 

What was the schedule for ID2EALS?

The full programme for ID2EALS can be found here

Why was ID2EALS started?

Many postsecondary institutions in Ontario and throughout Canada have established equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) offices within recent years. Although the organizational structure and names of these offices vary, they are typically led by senior-level administrators (e.g., Associate Vice-Presidents, Vice-Provosts, Directors) who have been tasked with advancing EDI at their respective institutions. This is a challenging endeavor given many of these offices are in their infancy and there are limited best-practice resources targeted toward Canadian, and more specifically, Ontario postsecondary institutions. As a result, many EDI offices employ a “learn as you go” approach, which limits their capacity to advance EDI in a timely, yet effective, manner. Recognizing this challenge, Western University’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is organizing the inaugural ID2EALS.

Where was ID2EALS held?

For the inaugural year, ID2EALS wasd held at Western University located on the tranditionals lands of the Anishinaabek (Ah-nish-in-a-bek), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-no-show-nee),  Lūnaapéewak (Len-ahpay- wuk) and Chonnonton (Chun-ongk-ton) Nations in London Ontario, Canada. The symposium was held from May 22-24, 2024.

What was the format of ID2EALS?

This three-day symposium will feature concurrent sessions, workshops, and keynote presentations related to the advancement of EDID in Ontario postsecondary institutions. 

Candace Brunette-Debassige - Assistant Professor at Western University London Ontario Canada

Dr. Carl E. James - Professor, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora











Meet our keynote speakers.

Who should I contact if I have more questions? 

ID2EALS was led by Dr. Michael Godfrey, EDI Data Analyst at the Office of EDI at Western, along with an organization committee consisting of Dr. Ana Boller, Digital Learning Specialist, and Mars Noorani, EDI Communications Specialist at the Office of EDI. Please contact any one of these members with questions related to the symposium.