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Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Employee Award Recipients

The Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI) provides the strategic leadership, advocacy, education and coordination needed to address equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the entire Ryerson community and to foster an inclusive, welcoming environment for students, faculty and staff. Alan Shepard was provost and vice-president, academic of Ryerson from 2007 until 2012, and a champion for equity, diversity and inclusion. OVPECI is proud to sponsor the Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Employee Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals or teams/committees who advance EDI through their work and/or their volunteer contributions within the Ryerson community.

Recipients may be awarded in any of the following categories:

  • Staff member
  • Faculty member
  • Senior leader
  • Lifetime achievement
  • Team/Committee

Individual recipients receive a certificate and a one-time monetary award of $3,000 (subject to applicable deductions).

Team recipients (a group of two to ten individuals) receive individual certificates and a total one-time monetary award of $4,000 (subject to applicable deductions) to be shared equally among members.

Although this award recognizes staff and faculty, students or student groups who demonstrate excellence in the area of EDI are also eligible to receive an award. Student or student groups, please visit the AwardSpring page on the Office of the Registrar awards website and log in to find the Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Student Award.

Key criteria: Equity, diversity and inclusion

2022 recipients

Julian Hasford

Faculty of Community Services

Faculty award recipient

By providing services for diverse populations, fostering an inclusive environment inside and outside the classroom, and addressing equity both within the X community and externally, Dr. Julian Hasford’s contributions to the advancement of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) have had an extraordinary impact. His work demonstrates an agility to champion and promote EDI in all facets of his professional life. He addresses structural barriers that inhibit equitable participation at X University; creates EDI specific curriculum through the introduction of targeted pedagogical strategies, and provides innovative opportunities for students and their communities from diverse backgrounds to become change-makers.

Krishan Mehta

University Advancement

Senior leader award recipient

Dr. Krishan Mehta is a senior leader who fosters an environment of inclusivity, accessibility and diversity for all. As AVP, Engagement, through his research, and many volunteer opportunities, Krishan demonstrates commitment to the ideals of EDI. His work on the Anti-Black Racism committee highlights the priority placed on identifying and addressing the systemic barriers in University life. His webinar series, Generous Futures: Power and Politics in Charitable Giving, puts the University at the national forefront in advancing EDI conversations. His leadership is dedicated to advancing EDI in the programs, services and communications shared with the University community.

Michael Mihalicz

Ted Rogers School of Management

Staff award recipient

Michael Mihalicz has guided, shaped and transformed the business reconciliation process at Ryerson. In the span of two years, most of it during the pandemic, Michael has brought the TRSM community into a collective circle of commitment to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action #92, weaving EDI and Indigenization into the fabric of TRSM. Michael has championed an Indigenous healing garden, art installation, established pathways for access to business education, and developed an inclusive curriculum and cultural awareness programming. Michael relational approach is of respect reciprocity that shines through every every interaction and illuminates the path to inclusion.

Past recipients

  • Riley Kucheran
    Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Antoinette Mercurio
    Office of the President, Central Communications
  • Inclusive Media and Design Centre
    • Deborah Fels, Ted Rogers School of Management
    • Margot Whitfiel, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management
  • Kimberlee Collins
    Faculty of Community Services
  • Laurel Walzak
    RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • FCAD School Fashion Main Office
    • Ben Barry, School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design
    • Audrey Colphon-Reynolds, School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design
    • Sadia Kamran, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Communication and Design
    • Grahame Lynch, School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design
    • Cira Nickel, School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design
    • Jeanine Webster, School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Tracey King
    Human Resources
  • Kathryn Underwood
    Faculty of Community Services
  • Housing and Residence Life - All-Gender Housing Development Team
  • Imogen Coe
    Faculty of Science
  • Sricamalan Pathmanathan
    Human Resources
  • Anver Saloojee
    Ryerson International
  • Career Centre Team
  • Positive Space Co-Chair Team
  • Kerri Bailey
    Facilities Management and Development
  • O'neil Edwards
    Spanning the Gaps, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
  • Myer Siemiatycki
    Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Arts