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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Greenwood is committed to bringing greater diversity, equity and inclusion to our community. 
Over the 2019-2020 school year, we at Greenwood began to take a close look at our systems and structures with the goal of identifying and removing all forms of bias. To realize the change inspired by anti-racist movements across North America, we have accelerated these efforts. 

On this page, you'll find:
  • information on the work we have done so far;
  • our plans for the remainder of 2020-2021; and
  • helpful resources related to diversity equity and inclusion.
We know this only the beginning. There is much more to be done in the years to come, and Greenwood is committed to doing that work. We plan to post regular updates on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to this page in order to remain transparent and accountable to our community.

Highlighted Resource

This week, we'd like to highlight a TED Talk by Dena Simmons titled "How students of color confront impostor syndrome."

As a black woman from a tough part of the Bronx who grew up to attain all the markers of academic prestige, Dena Simmons knows that for students of color, success in school sometimes comes at the cost of living authentically. Now an educator herself, Simmons discusses how we might create a classroom that makes all students feel proud of who they are. "Every child deserves an education that guarantees the safety to learn in the comfort of one's own skin," she says.

View her talk here.

Diversity Statement

Greenwood is committed to helping students develop all aspects of their character. We want to prepare our students to make a positive difference in the world – and that means fostering a respectful, diverse and inclusive community. We aim to embrace individuals whose differences include, but are not limited to: age, ancestry, citizenship, colour, creed, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, place of origin, race, or sexual orientation. We strive to develop students’ cultural awareness and competency by weaving diverse perspectives into every part of school life.

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that Greenwood is situated upon traditional territories. The territories include the Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations, and the Métis Nation. The treaty that was signed for this particular parcel of land is collectively referred to as the Toronto Purchase and applies to lands east of Brown’s Line to Woodbine Avenue and north towards Newmarket. We also recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land.

Resources

Rachael Swain, Greenwood's Staff Liaison, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, has curated a comprehensive suite of resources to share with the Greenwood community. Check back often for new additions!

List of 4 items.

Monthly DEI Updates

List of 6 news stories.

Archive

News Articles

List of 3 news stories.

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