The Diversity & Equity Excellence Awards were handed out at a reception in March to acknowledge OCAD University’s exceptional student leaders and their tremendous contributions to advancing equity at the institution. This year, with generous support from Office of the Vice-President, Academic; Office of the President; and Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, the selection committee chose to give out three awards rather than one.
The recipients were:
- Rouzbeh Akhabari
- Zviko Mhakayakora
- Amanda Robertson-Hebert
The contributions of this year’s winners ranged from advancing equity in OCAD U’s governance and policy through community initiatives in art and design creation and in the learning environment.
At the same event, the Peer Mentor Awards were given to students who made outstanding contributions to the Student Mentor Program, demonstrating enthusiasm and positivity while providing helpful advice and support to their student mentees.
This year’s recipients were:
- Ahmed Bokhari
- Jacqueline Lee
Tracy Cai and Madison Leeson were recognized by Andre De Freitas, Manager, Financial Aid & Awards, for their excellence in Financial Literacy. They collaborated to produce CreativeFunds, a series of videos that teach students how to manage and budget their finances.
Brent Everett James, Campus Life Coordinator, recognized the students behind two student initiatives on campus:
- Sofy Mesa and Oliver Roberts coordinated a winter clothing drive and soup kitchen community members in need.
- Tooba Syed took on an active role with Textbooks for Change, coordinating the collection of donated textbooks on campus, repurposed to create social impact and improve the educational landscape for students around the world.
The awards celebration was made possible by the First Generation Program; Financial Aid & Awards; Alumni Relations; and the Office of the President. Contributions to Diversity, Equity & Excellence Awards were made by the Student Union; the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Students; the Office of the Vice-President, Academic; the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives; and the Office of the President.