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The 15th Annual Viola Desmond Awards and Bursary Ceremony

March 20, 2023
5:00 PM EDT - 8:30 PM EDT
POD 250 Commons Conference Room
Open To
University students, faculty, staff and the general public
Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion at
An illustration of a diverse group of Black identified women.

In commemoration of a milestone anniversary, the theme of this year’s Viola Desmond Awards Ceremony is legacy. The Awards will recognize the self-determination, resistance, leadership, joy and legacies of Black women across generations.

The Viola Desmond Awards and Bursary Ceremony celebrates the outstanding achievements of Black women who in their roles as students, staff, faculty and alumna, demonstrate that they are positive role models and advocates of the Black/African-Canadian community. 

Join us ahead of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as we pay tribute to Viola Desmond and the accomplishments of incredible Black women who uphold her legacy.

The awards ceremony is a black tie event. Attendees are encouraged to dress in clothing that makes them feel their best. 

ASL interpretation will be provided

The university is committed to the accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities. If you require any additional accessibility accommodations to ensure your full participation, please let us know on the registration form or email      


If you have any questions, please email the OVPECI at

This event is hosted by the OVPECI 

The Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion provides strategic leadership and support for the achievement of TMU’s vision to be a leader in equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the university’s mandate.