Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization (EDII) Fund

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization (EDII) Fund

Smith School of Business is committed to cultivating a vibrant and diverse academic and work environment rooted in a culture of mutual respect so that all members of our community feel safe, possess a strong sense of belonging, and are empowered to thrive. We recognize that access, equity, and inclusion are vital to our school's future and to developing global citizens with the broad knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to contribute meaningfully to society as well as advancements in business.

To aid in achieving our EDII goals, we have expanded our efforts to accelerate the implementation of meaningful EDII-related changes and established an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigenization (EDII) Fund*, to provide our community with an opportunity to support initiatives leading to impactful and meaningful change within our school. This fund will:

  • Enable Smith to provide targeted outreach recruitment opportunities and programming – such as high school outreach programs and an Indigenous summer camp – that encourage students identifying as members of an equity-seeking group to apply to study business
  • Contribute to funding reserved to support student advising and counselling
  • Help Smith supplement internship opportunities for students who identify as members of an equity-seeking group
  • Contribute to the Blue Sky initiative, which provides funding for innovative projects put forth by Smith students, faculty and staff. Examples of recently approved proposals range from a speaker series podcast and film screening to equity and diversity education resources and teaching materials.
  • Support Smith in updating the physical characteristics of Goodes Hall and SmithToronto (e.g. artwork, land acknowledgements, signage, photos of under-represented business leaders, etc.) to ensure a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all
  • Provide memberships for faculty and staff with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion to engage in training and educational opportunities that will benefit students and promote a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

There is much work ahead; our capacity and success in effecting sustainable change are enhanced when we come together as a community and share the responsibility to make a difference. We are grateful for our Smith community and your desire to help.


* Please note, the EDII fund will not be used as a source for awards and scholarships that benefit individual students