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Human Rights and Equity Advisor

 

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Lavinia Latham, B.A. (Hons.), J.D. ​
Human Rights and Equity Advisor
The role of the Human Rights and Equity Advisor (HREA) office is to promote and uphold principles of human rights and equity across the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). 

 

Expectations for the 2021-2022 School Year 

 

  • Support voluntary student and workforce data collection pursuant to the Anti-Racism Act, 2017;
  • Provide education and information on human rights issues across the TCDSB, including human rights training for senior staff;
  • Provide guidance and advice to the TCDSB on strategic goals that will foster a culture free of harassment and discrimination; 
  • Develop, coordinate, provide guidance on and implement plans, policies and procedures related to human rights, including any employment and educational equity plans; and support the resolution of human rights complaints by overseeing the TCDSB’s internal human rights complaints procedure;
  • Enhance the collection, analysis, and use of data to identify and address systemic organizational and attitudinal barriers; 
  • Support TCDSB's efforts to meet its responsibilities under Ontario’s Data Standards for the Identification and Monitoring of Systemic Racism; 
  • Support equitable teaching and learning for all students. 
 

Independence and Impartiality 

 
  • The HREA office is an independent and impartial body that is essential to the integrity of the internal TCDSB human rights complaints process. 
  • The HREA oversees and promotes the confidence of the TCDSB community through the confidential receipt of human rights complaints with a view towards resolution in the interests of equity. 
  • The HREA fosters relationships among the board staff and the broader education community as a whole. 
  • The HREA will maintain appropriate independence and impartiality by not: 
        • Providing legal advice or representation; 
        • Acting as legal counsel for neither the TCDSB nor the Complainant; 
        • Providing advice or taking any action in relation to any party in a dispute that may place the HREA office in an actual or perceived conflict of interest in relation to any other party to the dispute; 
 

Complaint Pr​ocess 

 
The HREA Office conducts an independent and impartial internal human rights complaint process. The HREA will receive human rights and equity complaints, provide proactive solutions, and advise the Director’s Office on a case-by-case basis. 
 
If you wish to initiate this process, you may contact the HREA office directly to arrange an appointment, by emailing HREA@tcdsb.org.
 
Please note that the HREA will not provide legal advice, legal representation or act as legal counsel for neither the TCDSB nor the Complainant; and the HREA will not provide any advice or take any action in relation to a disputing party that may place the HREA office in an actual or perceived conflict of interest.
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