OCADU to create diversity task force as part of settlement with former instructor

March 18, 2015

OCAD University will create a diversity task force as part of a settlement with a former instructor who said he did not receive a promotion because he was not white. The complainant, Errol Saldanha, taught graphic design at OCADU from 2002 until his contract was allowed to expire in 2013. He told a tribunal that he was repeatedly rejected when he asked to teach senior-level courses. "I asked for senior courses. Can I move up, teaching a higher-level course? I am an expert in this area. They went out of their way at every opportunity to ostracize me," Saldanha said. The task force will reportedly be established by November 30, 2015. Further details on the task force were not made available; however, an OCADU news release said that its aim will be to "increase diversity in the curriculum" and to increase "the percentage of racialized and Indigenous employees." National Post | Toronto Star