President's Action Committee on Anti-Racism
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Update – September 18, 2023
Dear Members of the StFX Community,
We are excited to invite you to become a valuable member of the President’s Action Committee on Anti-Racism (PACAR) as we continue to uphold our commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). Our efforts are in alignment with the StFX University Strategic Plan: Building Our University the Way it is Meant to Be (2023-2028) and our work is continuing.
To address the crucial issue of racism in all its forms within our community, President Hakin established the President’s Action Committee on Anti-Racism (PACAR) in May 2021. Since then, PACAR has worked to move beyond identifying problems to crafting a solution-focused action plan that advances equity and anti-racism across our campus. This comprehensive plan, known as the PACAR Anti-Racism Action Plan, was released in April 2023.
The PACAR Report comprises 43 recommendations across four key environments: Inclusive Teaching, Learning, and Research; Working and Organizational Environment; Living and Social Environment; and Community Environment. To ensure accountability, we have developed a robust framework to monitor progress toward these shared goals and initiatives. Furthermore, we will leverage our integrated planning framework to facilitate collaborative work across the university.
PACAR is committed to transparency, accountability, and inclusivity in all its actions. Our mission is clear: to foster a sense of belonging, safety, and well-being for all faculty, staff, and students from historically and currently excluded and marginalized groups. To achieve this mission, we are forming Working Groups to focus on specific initiatives, such as transition experiences, a Centre for Black Student Success, and religious inclusion, among others.
- Overseeing the implementation and evaluation of the PACAR Anti-Racism Action Plan.
- Providing support and advice on institution-wide efforts to advance equity, anti-racism, anti-oppression, and other equity-related work.
- Serving as Working Group Leaders or Members for specific initiatives.
- Facilitating collaboration, coordination, and communication across all equity and inclusion committees.
We invite applications from StFX students, faculty, staff, and extended community members who are passionate about equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Student, faculty, alumni and community representation must come from Mi’kmaw, Indigenous, Black communities or from members of other historically and currently excluded and marginalized groups. To apply to become a member of PACAR, please click on the following link:
Your application should include:
- your reasons for wanting to join PACAR;
- your involvement or experience with anti-racism initiatives, and;
- whether you are a member of Mi'kmaw, Indigenous, Black community or another historically and currently marginalized and excluded group.
The application deadline is September 25, 2023. The review and selection process will follow, with the goal of convening the first meeting in October 2023. Terms of Reference and Membership for the PACAR Working Groups will be confirmed shortly thereafter, in collaboration with PACAR.
We encourage you to engage with this important work, help us create a more inclusive community, and contribute to the elimination of racism in all its forms at StFX. Your involvement will play a pivotal role in achieving our shared goals. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact @email We look forward to receiving your application.
StFX University is committed to accessibility, so if you require accommodations or alternative formats for the application process, please contact us at @email.
Thank you for your dedication to this work, and we look forward to your participation in shaping a more inclusive future at StFX.
Robert Upshaw, PACAR Co-Chair and External Advisor to the President
Elizabeth Yeo, PACAR Co-Chair and VP Students