Inclusion, Diversity, Decolonization, Equity and Accessibility Leadership Symposium


Registration to Attend ID2EALS is Now Open

What is ID2EALS 

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

Why was ID2EALS started?

Many postsecondary institutions in Ontario and throughout Canada have established equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI or EDID) 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 EDID 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(D) offices employ a “learn as you go” approach, which limits their capacity to advance EDI(D) in a timely, yet effective, manner. Recognizing this challenge, Western University’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is organizing the inaugural ID2EALS.

Where is ID2EALS being held?

For the inaugural year, IDEALS will be being 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 will be held from May 22-24, 2024.

What is 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.

What presentations are scheduled for ID2EALS? (Details of date, time and location are upcoming)

Centering Anti-Racism Education in Traditionally White Educational Spaces

Presenters: Melissa Wilson, Director of Human Rights and Equity & Syna Thakur, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Research Advisor; Brock University.

Building Belonging with the Diversity Mentorship Program

Presenter: Jerusha Retnakanthan, EDI Communications Officer, Office of Inclusion & Diversity, University of Toronto 

Education Implementation: The Process of Developing EDID-Related Certificate Programs

Presenter: Ana Boller, Digital Learning Specialist, Office of EDI, Western University

Creating Pathways to Success: Nurturing Talent through the Western Black Leadership University Experience

Presenter: Jessica Ouko, Project Associate, Office of EDI, Western University

CHREI Then and Now: Maintaining Our Focus on DEDI through Changing Times

Presenters: Carolina Ruiz, Senior DEDI Advisor, Education & Communications; Lisa Cocketts, Strategy and Engagement Specialist - Black Inclusion; Christine Sinclair, Advisor, Education & Communications, Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, York University

Pulling the Levers of Transformative Change: When, Why, and How to Use a Human Rights Approach to Equity Work

Presenter: Joseph Pazzano, Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Fanshawe College 

Building Racially Responsive Leadership

Presenter: Yasmin Razack, Dean, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, University of Guelph, Humber

Communicating a Structural Paradigm - How to be Explicit about what Equity and Inclusion Work Actually is in the Ontario Post Secondary Landscape

Presenters: Sukhveer Bains, Associate Dean Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University; Rumina Morris, Executive Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion, London Health Sciences Center; Nicole Kaniki, Founder and Director of Senomi Solutions, Former Director of EDI for Research and Innovation at University of Toronto

Oscillating Between EDI and Anti-racism: Am I the Only One Thinking about This?

Presenters: Awad Ibrahim, Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence and Air Canada Professor in Anti-racism, University of Ottawa

Navigating EDI Administration when the Personal is Political

Presenter: Rema Tavares, Manager, Employee Inclusion, Seneca Polytechnic

Practical Approaches to Embedding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Research Ecosystem

Presenters: Heena Mistry, Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Wilfrid Laurier University; Emmanuel Songsore, Manager, Research Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, McMaster University; Larissa Wodtke, Program Officer of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism, and Decolonization, University of Winnipeg; Kumudinie Kariyapperuma, Grants and Contracts Manager, University of Waterloo; Vanessa Oliver, Interim Vice-President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Wilfrid Laurier University 

Barriers to Action: How to Move Forward with a Strategic Equity Plan

Presenters: Joy Wakefield, Director of Human Rights and Equity; Nahid Anee, Case Manager, Office of Human Rights and Equity; Pedro Adan, Case Coordinator, Office of Human Rights and Equity; Lakehead University

Our Story are the Walls: Weaving Indigenous Design throughout the Campuses

Presenters: Mark Solomon, Associate Vice President Reconciliation and Inclusion, Seneca Polytechnic

All Data is EDID Data: Advancing EDID through an Institutional Collaborative Approach

Presenter: Michael Godfrey, EDI Data Analyst, Office of EDI, Western University

When will submission for proposals for concurrent presentations or workshops be available? 

Submissions are now available through the ID2EALS Proposal webpage. Proposal submissions are now closed, but we understand people's busy schedules and are committed to accommodating folks who are still interested in submitting a proposal. If you are still interested in submitting a proposal past the deadline, please email

How much will ID2EALS cost?

There are two ticketing options for ID2EALS. These costs do not include housing during the symposium.

Standard Registration: $300– Deadline March 15th

Late registration (in person at the symposium or after the deadline) – $400 

Register to attend ID2EALS

Who should I contact if I have more questions? 

The planning of ID2EALS is being 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.