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Professor Art Blake
Art Blake

Dimensions Director

Professor, Department of History

Art Blake (PhD) is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research and teaching addresses issues of belonging and connection through U.S. urban and cultural history, with particular interests in race, gender, communications and sexuality. Art's commitment to EDI values in post-secondary education stems from 40+ years of engagement with social justice politics in the U.K., U.S. and Canada. He also draws on his lived experience as a queer, transgender man who transitioned from female to male while at TMU. His current research project is a transnational history of cross-dressing organizations and communication networks in the U.K., U.S. and Canada after 1960.

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Professor Seth Dworkin
Seth Dworkin

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Seth Dworkin (PhD) is the Canada Research Chair in High-Performance Computing for Sustainable Energy and the Principal Investigator of the Emerging New Green Technologies in Energy and Combustion (ENGTEC) lab. His research focuses on understanding combustion emissions to reduce and eliminate various sources of air pollution, and on developing new technologies for sustainable heating and air conditioning. To strengthen the knowledge base in these areas, he teaches courses in combustion fundamentals, thermodynamics and computational fluid dynamics. 

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Hyacinth Simpson

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Faculty of Arts 

Associate Professor, Department of English

Dr. Hyacinth Simpson (she/her) is an associate professor in the Department of English and the Dimensions Faculty Chair in the Faculty of Arts. Dr. Simpson’s research expertise in postcolonial, Caribbean, migration and diaspora, and Black Canadian studies as well as her lived experience as a Black woman in academia inform her EDI-focused work as a Dimensions Faculty Chair.

In the years she has worked at XU, Dr. Simpson has sought to understand, model, and encourage perspectives and behaviors that result in more equitable outcomes. Dr. Simpson welcomes the opportunities she has as a member of the Dimensions Pilot team to help bring about meaningful change in the research cultures at XU and in the way community members undertake and disseminate their research. 

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Vinofa Muthulingam
Vinofa Muthulingam

Administrative Assistant

Vinofa Muthulingam is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in the Immigration and Settlement Studies program under the Yeates School of Graduate Studies. She is also an alumna of TMU's Law and Business program with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has a certificate in Community Engagement through the Chang School of Continuing Education. As a woman of colour, she recognizes the importance of representation in academic research and cultures, and as a proud alumna of TMU, she is excited to assist with this project in hopes of creating inclusive research spaces and to bring transformative change for the better.

Professor Rupa Banerjee
Rupa Banerjee

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Ted Rogers School of Management 

Associate Professor, School of Business Management

Rupa Banerjee (PhD) strives to incorporate equity, diversity and inclusion into all aspects of her work, including teaching, research and service. All of her courses include discussions of power and privilege in employment and society. Her research program examines the relationship between the perception of racial discrimination in the workplace and objective wage discrimination, and she has conducted studies examining the systemic barriers facing racialized immigrants. Currently, she is working on a five-year study examining the impact that recent changes to Canada’s skilled immigration policy have had on the labour market outcomes of newcomers.  

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Professor Reem El Asaleh
Reem El Asaleh

Dimensions Faculty Chair, The Creative School

Associate Professor, School of Graphic Communications Management

Reem El Asaleh (PhD) has produced several publications that elaborate on colour characterization and server technology innovations in the graphic arts industry. Currently, she is researching the challenges in adapting innovative technology such as AI applications in the graphic arts industry. As a woman who faces the challenge of balancing teaching, research and service work with raising three children, she hopes that the Dimensions program will support those in similar situations who are doubling their efforts to match more privileged faculty in similar positions.

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Kathryn Underwood

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Faculty of Community Services

Professor, School of Early Childhood Studies

Kathryn Underwood's work over the last 20 years has been with community initiated programs of research in early childhood services and professional practice. Informed by disabled childhoods and parent and family experiences, she is interested in social institutions, including universities, and their role in responding to broader social questions of equity, diversity and inclusion. Research policy and standards have both facilitated and hindered her partnerships, but she believes these institutional processes can be enhanced to ensure that researchers are able to engage with critical social questions, that are ethically connected to community.

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Megha Saini
Megha Saini

Data Analyst

Megha Saini has a bachelor of Technology in Computer Science Engineering from Chandigarh Engineering College. She has a passion for revealing hidden stories in data and sharing those with the world to trigger much-needed change. From her experience of living and working in three different countries, she knows the importance of an inclusive society and how people like her can only thrive if they are accepted for who they are and not because they belong to a particular gender or race.

Professor Imogen Coe
Imogen Coe

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Faculty of Science

Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biology

Imogen R. Coe (PhD) is an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, where her research group studies the cell biology of proteins responsible for the uptake of anti-cancer drugs. She is the President of the Canadian Molecular Biosciences Society and sits on various boards related to health and science. In addition to her research work, Imogen has published and speaks regularly on integrating principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) into science and medicine. She has advised academia, government and industry on best practices and was involved in initial work to establish the Dimensions program in Canada.

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Ann Ludbrook

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Library

Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian & Research Lead, TMU Library

Ann Ludbrook (MLIS, MA) is currently on the CARL Open Education Working Group,, external link, external link and the CFLA Copyright Committee, external link, external link. Her research interests include Open Education, Copyright, and issues surrounding Copyright and Indigenous Knowledge in the context of libraries and archives. Ann hopes that the Dimensions pilot will shed light on obstacles equity-deserving groups at TMU face when doing research, and provide transformative solutions to better address inequities.

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Professor Nancy Walton
Nancy Walton

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Yeates School of Graduate Studies

Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

Nancy Walton (PhD) is currently the Chair of the Research Ethics Board at Women’s College Hospital and the Deputy Chair and Ethicist on the Research Ethics Boards for both Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. She has also served as Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities. Her research explores the experiences of parenting children with disabilities, the ethical considerations in the use of technologies and innovations in health care, and moral courage.

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Undergraduate 

Raedah Khan (she/her), The Creative School, Professional Communication

Raedah Khan has always been passionate about bringing voices to the underrepresented. She wants to go into publishing with a dream to bring more diverse books to the public. It is really important for her to represent my peers in university being that she knows what it is like to be left without a voice. Being that she is a member of a minority community, a woman, and an individual with a learning disability she truly understands what it means to be left out and feel as though you do not have a voice. It is her mission to ensure that nobody has to go through that feeling ever. 

Graduate

Shweta Lad (she/her), Faculty of Science, PhD Biomedical physics

Shweta’s lived experience of being one of a very small number of women of colour in her undergraduate and graduate programs, and her observations of inherent bias and marginalization in science have led her to become involved in the advancement of EDI at XU. She has been a part of the Dimensions pilot program since October 2020 and has been involved in planning numerous workshops, town halls, seminar presentations and contributed to building and promoting the survey. In addition, she has also been invited as a panelist to Building an Inclusive Life Sciences Future Workshop, where she represented the students and shared her personal experiences with EDI-related barriers in research. She is interested in continuing to advocate for the rights of graduate students through involvement in the “self-assessment team” (SAT). 

Post-Doctoral

Sylvie Antoun (she/her), Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Post-doctoral fellow

From her time spent living in Lebanon and Canada, and from her experiences with gender inequality, and violence around religion, Sylvie has come to appreciate the importance of diversity and inclusivity in education around the world. She is motivated to work on the SAT because she is energetically optimistic that our combined efforts can facilitate students’ journey to the cutting edge of research while also creating an environment that thrives from its diversity. She is committed to listening and learning about the best practices of EDI in research. This includes pursuing training opportunities to support outreach and SRC activities at Ryerson.   

As an educator, she views learning as a mountain to be climbed. It can be a story of perseverance, and it can be a voyage of joyous discovery. She encourages her students to explore the unknown, to try and fail, and get back up and try again. Sylvie’s academic experiences have inspired her to empower students to be life-ready—with the possession of grit, social-emotional intelligence, and a growth mindset that they need to contribute actively and positively to a world with improved equity for all.   

Faculty

Art Blake

Dimensions Director
Professor, Department of History

Rupa Banerjee

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Ted Rogers School of Management 
Associate Professor, School of Business Management

Imogen Coe

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Faculty of Science
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biology

Seth Dworkin

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Reem El Asaleh

Dimensions Faculty Chair, The Creative School
Associate Professor, School of Graphic Communications Management

Ann Ludbrook

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Library
Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian & Research Lead, Ryerson Library

Hyacinth Simpson

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Faculty of Arts 
Associate Professor, Department of English

Kathryn Underwood

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Faculty of Community Services
Professor, School of Early Childhood Studies

Nancy Walton

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

Naomi Adelson, Associate Vice-President, Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation
naomi.adelson@ryerson.ca

Jason Boyd, Associate Professor, Department of English
jason.boyd@ryerson.ca

Eliza Chandler, Assistant Professor, School of Disability Studies
eliza.chandler@ryerson.ca 

Kathryn Church, Associate Professor, Department of Disability Studies
k3church@ryerson.ca

Imogen Coe, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biology
imogen.coe@ryerson.ca

Rachel DiSaia, Strategic Initiatives and Policy Advisor, Yeates School of Graduate Studies
rachel.disaia@ryerson.ca

Lorena Escandon, Assistant Professor, School of Creative Industries 
lorena.escandon@ryerson.ca 

Tamar Myers, Director, Research, Planning and Assessment, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
tsmyers@ryerson.ca

Nicole Neverson, Professor, Department of Sociology
neverson@ryerson.ca

Medhat Shehata, Interim Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science; Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
mshehata@ryerson.ca

Cheryl Teelucksingh, Professor & Department Chair, Department of Sociology
teeluck@ryerson.ca

Fangmin Wang, Head of Library Information Technology Services
fwang@ryerson.ca 

Heather Willis, Accessibility Coordinator, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
hwillis@ryerson.ca

Professor Kathryn Church

Kathryn Church

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Faculty of Community Services 2020-2021
Associate Professor, School of Disability Studies

Over four decades, Kathryn Church (PhD) has maintained a program of critical inquiry into the ways that “normalcy” organizes social life, paying particular attention to the vibrant resistances of Mad Studies. As a feminist, Kathryn leans to non-standard methodologies: political autobiography, institutional ethnography, objects, materials and public exhibition. She is currently researching the ways that standard practices of university management contribute to ableism/sanist outcomes for both individuals and programs. She joined Ryerson after a decade as an independent researcher for/with psychiatric survivor organizations in Toronto and internationally.

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Professor Cheryl Teelucksingh

Cheryl Teelucksingh

Dimensions Faculty Chair, Faculty of Arts 2020-2021
Professor, Department of Sociology

Over the last 20 years, Cheryl Teelucksingh (PhD) has examined the relationship between environmental justice in Canada and social inequality in the urban context through numerous publications and funded research projects. One of her current projects explores how proponents and activists of environmental justice can strategically and effectively implement smart city initiatives in Black spaces in Canadian cities. Another project examines social capital and perception of community among the Black upper class in Toronto. Cheryl is also a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.

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Mir Asoh, The Creative School

Francesco Collura, The Creative School

Talia Emanuel, Ted Rogers School of Management

Josel Angelica Gerardo, Faculty of Arts

Mithila Jeganathan, Faculty of Science

Anum KhanFaculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

Madeline McQueenFaculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

Fatema Rashid, Faculty of Science

Anika Shafi, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

Sohail Shahidnia, Faculty of Arts

Aneesh Tarun, The Creative School

Cindy Wang, Ted Rogers School of Management

Kamal Al-Solaylee, Associate Professor, School of Journalism

kamalsol@ryerson.ca