Appointment of Provostial Advisor on Access Programs

PDAD&C#43, 2013-14

To:  PDAD&C 
From:  Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Date:      February 14, 2014 
Re:  Appointment of Provostial Advisor on Access Programs

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Charmaine Williams as Provostial Advisor on Access Programs until December 31, 2014.

In this role, Professor Williams will advise me on ways in which the University can build on our suite of access, outreach, and bridging programs to support our commitment to student success, and enhance the ability of students from diverse backgrounds to attend the University of Toronto.

Professor Williams is currently Associate Dean, Academic in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Health and Mental Health. Her research addresses factors that affect access to primary health care for racial minority women, HIV prevention in the Black communities, and discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in the international context. Her practice experience has included organizational change initiatives; developing and delivering professional education in the areas of anti-racism and cultural competence; and addressing policy, procedural issues and complaints as the Anti-Racism officer for the University of Toronto.

The University of Toronto is committed to supporting access to the excellent educational experience that we offer our students. I am confident that Professor Williams' research profile and administrative experience give her the ideal background to help us to enhance access programs and related services at the University. Please join me in welcoming Professor Williams to this position.