Students, staff, Trustees, parents/caregivers and other Board community members have the right to inclusive and respectful learning and working environments free from discrimination and harassment based on the grounds identified in the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) and Board Policy 1017 – Human Rights.
Reporting directly to the Director of Education, the Human Rights Branch (HRB) works collaboratively throughout the Board to further a human rights culture by providing education and proactive training on the rights and responsibilities stemming from the Code and Board Policy 1017 – Human Rights. When needed, the HRB works with objectivity and independence from other system structures to address matters specific to Code-related harassment and discrimination complaints.
It also supports the development and review of Board Policies and Procedures to ensure compliance with the Code and collaborates directly with other departments and branches on strategies or projects that are aligned with the goals of the HRB.
The Human Rights Branch supports the Board in fostering inclusive and respectful learning and working environments for students, staff, trustees and other Board community members through/by:
- reviewing the board’s policies and administrative procedures on an ongoing basis to ensure they are compliant with the Ontario Human Rights Code and Board Policy 1017 – Human Rights;
- providing human rights education and training to all members of the WRDSB community;
- confidentially reviewing, addressing, and resolving complaints brought forward in a fair, just and equitable manner;
- Identifying and remedying policies, procedures or practices that contribute directly and indirectly to systemic discrimination; and
- providing analysis and advisory support on human rights matters, including religious accommodation, inclusion strategies, support tools for traditionally marginalized communities and other equity issues.