Better balance, better SCS

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My goal is to ensure that anyone who identifies as a woman will receive support, opportunity, and equality when they interact with SCS.

Happy International Women’s Day (IWD)!

This year’s theme is “better the balance, better the world”, which I am proud to say are words we live by here at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. As IWD puts it, “balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue.” I know that gender balance is crucial to our success as an educational organization.

Our 524 active female instructors share their expertise and unique experiences with our learners. In the past five years, over 100 women have developed courses at SCS, which our staff members (more than half of whom are female), have worked collaboratively to implement, support, and market. In this same timeframe, we saw 87,605 female learner enrolments.

Our female instructors and learners are incredibly diverse. Some are CEOs, artists, business owners, government leaders, and advocates. All of them are seeking to make the world a better place.

Essentially, gender balance plays a huge role in our organization, and we are always working to support this important dynamic.

As a provider of continuing education, we encourage gender balance in boardrooms, workplaces, government, media coverage, and income. Our focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion has us working together to reinforce this balance. As the Dean, my goal is to ensure that anyone who identifies as a woman will receive support, opportunity, and equality when they interact with SCS.

Sincerely,

Maureen MacDonald
Dean, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies