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Casandra Fulwood, co-ordinator of the Racialised Students' Collective. (Photo by Milca Kuflu)

Mental health services need more diversity

Ryerson’s Health and Wellness Centre has been a vital resource for students battling mental health issues, but its lack of diversity has many students of colour feeling left behind.

The hued racial composition on campus is hard to miss. Walk along Gould Street on a busy afternoon and you’ll see a true reflection of Toronto’s fast-growing ethno-cultural community, which now makes up almost half of the city’s population.

by Milca Kuflu· · Health, News, On Campus
VOICES: An open letter to Hollywood

VOICES: An open letter to Hollywood

Hi Hollywood, I wanted to introduce myself, in case you weren’t sure what a genuine Asian person looks like. Surprise! I’m a far cry from Scarlett Johansson.  But you knew that, didn’t you? You must have, since the Internet explodes every time you even consider casting a white actor as a character of colour. How else do you explain the […]

by Christine Chua· · Film & Television, Opinion
Palak Mangat

Demand true diversity

Maybe it’s because I’m graduating soon, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the dreaded d-word: diversity. Why is it dreaded? Hard to say, really, but as a South Asian female in the media industry, I have a theory. Granted, my experiences are limited to my 21 years, so I’m by no means an expert and I’m the first […]

by Palak Mangat· · Guest Opinion, Opinion
(Courtesy Maya Findlay)

Feminism in theatre

There is now an all-womyn theatre company in Toronto. HERstory Counts is a theatre company that produces plays, which are written and performed by diverse female-identified womyn. Female-identified means any person who identifies themselves as a womyn. Why it’s important Jennifer Neales, the founder of HERstory Counts says, this company is not only important, it’s necessary. “HERstory Counts became the necessary […]

(Courtesy of David Leyes)

Q-and-A: Rye grad talks about new TV show Second Jen

Amanda Joy and Samantha Wan first met each other on the set of a horror film in 2014. Two years later, they’re starring on a TV show they’ve written and created. Second Jen, which airs on City, explores the cultural and generational gaps that most children of immigrant parents experience. Joy is an actor, screenwriter, producer and comedian. She studied […]

by Danielle Lee· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
(Courtesy Steve Bowbrick/Creative Commons)

Navigating a non-diverse industry

Growing up, I was always that one “whitewashed” Asian girl. In school, I was never great at math or the sciences and I was always the first one to volunteer to read aloud in English class. Other Korean kids didn’t really want to talk to me because I was “too loud” or “too assertive,” so instead, I surrounded myself with […]

by Eunice Kim· · Editorial, Opinion
(Courtesy Ben Barry, Photo by Jaclyn Locke)

Q-and-A: Ryerson fashion professor, Ben Barry

Bringing issues of diversity to light in the fashion world has been Prof. Ben Barry’s goal since he was 14. The Ryerson School of Fashion associate professor is behind the Ben Barry Agency, a unique modelling agency for models who don’t necessarily fit the size 2 demographic. His agency has been making waves in the fashion world. Last December, he […]

by Vanessa Francone· · Arts & Life, Fashion
Ryerson University is  interested in tracking diversity on campus through a race-based survey despite some privacy concerns.(Ryersonian file photo)

Tracking diversity on campus may raise privacy concerns: vice-provost

Ryerson is interested in tracking diversity on campus through a race-based survey, even though such a process raises privacy concerns, says the university’s vice-provost. The University of Toronto (U of T) was the first post-secondary institution to announce its commitment to the implementation of a race-based census in the upcoming fall semester. The initiative was created in hopes of identifying […]

by Kanwal Rafiq· · News, On Campus
Ryerson University has been named one of Canada's best diversity employers for two years in a row.

Ryerson named best diversity employer two years in a row

Ryerson has been named one of Canada’s best diversity employers for its inclusive hiring efforts.

by Hannah Logan· · News, On Campus
Researchers say marginalization in the classroom affects Ryerson’s diverse students and faculty

Researchers say marginalization in the classroom affects Ryerson’s diverse students and faculty

“We always feel unsafe in our lives, in our classrooms, dealing with students in our office hours,” said Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar. The professor was a panellist at Tuesday’s Inhabiting Critical Spaces event, held as part of Ryerson’s Social Justice Week. The focus of the four panellists, who authored the 2013 report, “Teaching and Learning from the Margins,” was on the limitations in […]

by Alicja Grzadkowska· · News
Experts: Immigrants have a lot in common with indigenous peoples

Experts: Immigrants have a lot in common with indigenous peoples

Canadian immigrants and indigenous peoples have more in common than they might think, according to Ratna Omidvar, the executive director of the Ted Rogers School of Management’s Global Diversity Exchange. Among them, she said, are shared experiences of colonization, marginalization, racism and discrimination. “We strive to protect our language and our culture in mainstream society, and this is what [indigenous […]

by Lauren Harris· · News, On Campus
Monique Phillips stands in front of Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone. (Courtesy of Monique Phillips/Ryersonian Staff)

The ‘black sheep’ of the newsroom

By Monique Phillips The first time I was introduced to the idea of the lack of diversity in the newsroom, I was interviewing a black journalist (who doesn’t want to be named) for a class assignment. I had always thought the newsroom was a place where public opinion was formed, so it must be full of informed, knowledgeable individuals. But […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion, Voices
First-year fashion design student Sarah Spooner is currently enrolled in Ben Barry’s fashion class.  (Kyla Dewar/Ryersonian Staff)

Diversifying fashion, one selfie at a time

Snap, crop, filter, hashtag, post. Basic steps to posting a selfie. But in Ben Barry’s fashion theory and concepts class, taking a selfie has only two steps: snap and post. As an assignment for class, Barry challenged his students to take a selfie and post it on Twitter or Instagram — without a filter or pose. Students had to post […]

Workshop touts diversity, equity

Workshop touts diversity, equity

Ryerson’s newest student group wants to make a change. RU a Changemaker hosted its second workshop for students at the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) last Thursday. The workshop, “Ethical Engagement, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,” works to recognize and accommodate individuality while discussing key social issues such as inclusive language, social inclusion and workplace equity. It’s a part of a series […]

by Kabeer Sethi· · News, On Campus
Project Diversity creates a new sort of supermodel

Project Diversity creates a new sort of supermodel

Fashion show Project Diversity featured supermodels of a different kind: for starters, there was a variety of ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes. The show, held on March 24, was produced by fourth-year fashion communications student Kirthiga Rajanayagam. “I wanted to bring together people who aren’t typically ‘the norm’ when it comes to fashion,” says Rajanayagam. “And what better than a […]

by Kelly McDowell· · Arts & Life, Fashion, Top stories
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