Durham College

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DC’s take Black North Initiative Pledge

Durham College (DC)  signed the  BlackNorth Initiative’s CEO pledge, joining more than 200 leaders from across Canada in committing their organizations to realizing specific actions and targets designed to dismantle anti-Black systemic racism and create opportunities for all those in the underrepresented BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) community.

The pledge commits DC to implementing and reporting on measurable efforts, including new policies, procedures and practices, aimed to not only address systemic anti-Black racism within the college but to actively work to educate others and dismantle the barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians.

As a signatory to the BlackNorth Initiative CEO pledge, DC is committing to increasing its delivery of unconscious bias and anti-racism education and, by 2025, ensuring that 5 per cent of its student positions and 3 per cent of its donations create opportunities for the Black community. The college is also committing to working to attract, develop and advance talent to contribute to a target of 3.5 per cent of executive and Board roles based in Canada being held by Black people in the same time frame. The college’s actions and progress will be accountable through reports to its Board of Governors.

The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism announced the formation of the Council and launch of the BlackNorth Initiative in June with a view to increase the representation of Blacks in boardrooms and executive suites across Canada. The Council held the inaugural BlackNorth Initiative Summit virtually on July 20, drawing a diverse group of supporting organizations that spans companies of all sizes, industries and mandates, including; financial services, education, extractive industries, professional services, healthcare, online services, consulting, manufacturing, small-to-medium-sized firms, business associations, private companies and more.

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