Welcome to the Department of Equity Studies

The Department of Equity Studies (DES) is a learning environment that values cultural diversity, promoting and supporting political, cultural, social and economic equalities. Together, students and professors create an environment that enhances voice, empowerment and identity. Professors teaching in DES explore critical theories and real life practices in the areas of human rights, indigenous and multicultural studies.

Professors engage in diverse, inter-related and interdisciplinary research that involves both academic and experiential contributions. Their teaching, informed by critical pedagogy, also reflects their rich and vibrant research.

We offer undergraduate degree programs in Human Rights and Equity Studies (HREQ) and Multicultural and Indigenous Studies (MIST). The undergraduate programs offer General Education courses which focus on HREQ and MIST. Additional offerings include a certificate in Indigenous Studies, a cross-disciplinary certificate in Anti-Racist Research & Practice (CARRP) and a general certificate in Refugee and Migration Studies. A graduate degree, MA/PhD, in Equity Studies is currently in development.

The Department, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board and the Halton District School Board has held and continues to launch annual conferences on “and Social Justice For All”, with the participation of students from equity studies and secondary schools from the GTA.

Graduates of the Department of Equity Studies are well positioned to work in a wide range of areas with organizations/agencies, governments, industry and communities that have programs, policies and procedures around the equitable treatment and experiences in the areas of human rights, Indigenous peoples, racialized peoples, immigrants and refugees.


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