Diversity & Inclusion

Community Commitment

The Chestnut Residence community strives to be a safe, equitable, accessible, and positive space for all our community members including students, staff & guests. Diversity and respect of thought, belief, orientation and background is encouraged and expected.

Every community member is responsible for their behaviour and for their treatment of others in a manner that is free of discrimination, harassment and ignorance. Any behaviour that conflicts with this commitment to the community will be addressed through the Residence Community Standards. Should any needs arise in terms of accessibility, the Residence will provide arrangements as required.

Chestnut Residence also strives to provide educational programming that includes our commitment to community. Any community member who wishes to see particular programming or equity initiatives within residence, is encouraged to contact Residence Life for support.

Please see the following links for further information on equity at the University of Toronto:

Governing Council at University of TorontoUniversity of Toronto – EquitySexual & Gender Diversity Office
Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Excellence from the Governing Council at University of Torontohttp://www.governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/policies/stateequdivexc.htm
To learn more about gender diversity programs and support services on campus, please visit the website of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office: http://www.sgdo.utoronto.ca.
Trans Accommodation

Trans – an umbrella term used to describe individuals who, to varying degrees, do not conform to what society usually defines as a man or a woman

Diversity is an important part of the cultural landscape at the University of Toronto, and we consider gender diversity to be an important aspect of this. We believe that students have a right to live in a housing arrangement that is inclusive of their gender identity. In the interest of creating such an equitable and inclusive community, Chestnut Residence is happy to offer housing accommodations to those students who identify as trans, or for any students who feel that their gender identity or gender expression is not represented in the traditional male and female housing arrangements that are typical of most campuses. If you identify as trans, we’d like you to contact our office, so that we may initiate a dialogue with you concerning what you see as your specific needs and interests in terms of your housing arrangement.

Please contact chestnut.residence@utoronto.ca