Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
St. Francis Xavier University


President's Action Committee on Anti-Racism (PACAR)

Positive change through action - addressing racism within our community

PACAR will support the vision of a safe, accessible, supportive and welcoming campus community for all. 

The Committee will distill key learnings concerning the systemic changes needed to support change and the ways in which each member of our community can contribute to this work. 

PACAR will identify and address systemic barriers to full and equal participation at StFX, review university policies, procedures, and practices to ensure alignment with our goals of equity and inclusion. Widespread education about racism and clear communications about our intolerance of racism and racist practices must be at the forefront of our anti-racist strategy. The scope of work will encompass the entire sphere of university operations. The objectives are to:

  • Serve as a resource to the President, and members of the senior leadership team, on anti-racism with particular attention to anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism.
  • Work with existing offices, committee structures, and positions within the university to ensure highly coordinated, and well communicated university-wide approaches to addressing anti-racism.
  • Review current policies and procedures with an intention to better address community racism and promote anti-racism.
  • Work to provide community informed pathways to adjust, improve and implement a university-level anti-racism action plan. This action plan will speak to diversity, equity and inclusion issues related to reporting, teaching and learning practices, and services and supports.
  • Serve as an ongoing lens focused on all matters associated with addressing racism and the promotion of anti-racism at StFX.


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