YorkU creates inclusion committee in wake of mural backlash

February 2, 2016

York University President Mamdouh Shoukri has created an advisory committee on inclusion that will seek to explore "effective methods to ensure inclusive, respectful exchanges of ideas, particularly on sensitive social and political issues that can otherwise lead to racial marginalization." The new committee comes in the wake of backlash to a mural in the school's Student Centre that some critics have deemed anti-Semitic. “The mural has given rise to a broader conversation about whether as an institution and as individuals we are doing all we can to ensure that all members of our community feel welcome and supported,” said Shoukri. He further notes that whether or not the mural continues to hang is a decision for the Student Centre, which he notes is “a separate and distinct legal entity.” National Post | YorkU