Status of Women, Diversity and Equity Action Committee

Faculty Association to honour Dr. Laverne Jacobs for contributions to equity

Dr. Laverne JacobsWednesday May 2, 2018 in Freed Orman Commons, Assumption Hall at 4:30 p.m. RSVP by April 25, 2018 to the Faculty Association by email: or by calling 519-253-3000 ext:3365.

Dr. Jacobs has distinguished herself as a pioneering scholar, teacher, and activist in the area of disability, accessibility, and human rights law.

Dr. Jacobs is an active leader in advancing human rights, equality and social justice within our society at large.  As a scholar and public advocate, Dr. Jacobs has served as a consultant to the federal government on accessibility legislation.  Her reputation in the area of disability rights and legislation led to her having been appointed, by Order in Council, to the Minister’s Advisory Council for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.  Internationally-recognized, she has created a database for decades of case law related to transportation and disability and human rights in Canada.

Not only has Dr. Jacobs demonstrated her commitment to equity and diversity in her scholarly and advocacy work, but she has also engaged students in the University of Windsor community.  As a teacher, she has created innovative courses such as “Law, Disability, and Social Change” that combine multidisciplinarity and social justice.  This course bridges scholarly work with community activism, providing rich opportunities for students in the Faculty of Law to apply their legal education to real-world settings.  She created a website and twitter account by the same name to bring scholars, students, and activists together on issues related to accessibility and human rights.  One student wrote “she has made equity and diversity a top priority in her teaching and student engagement.”

On Campus, she increased the profile of the Faculty of Law as an excellent leader in social justice by advocating for persons with disabilities on campus.  For example, she identified the need for Braille campus maps to assist individuals of the campus community with visual impairments.  Serving on various campus committees including the Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, University’s Accessibility Coordinating Committee, and The University’s Disability Studies Program-Inter-faculty Council. Dr. Jacobs has been a tireless and consistent voice for equity at the University of Windsor and in the Community.

The Faculty Association and Status of Women Diversity Equity Action Committee’s Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award Committee is honoured to bestow Dr. Laverne Jacobs with the 2018 award. ______________________________________________________________________________________________

The Status of Women, Diversity & Equity Action Committee (SWDEAC) works on strategies for achieving equity and equality in the University community.  They investigate ways and means by which women, racial minorities or those with disabilities have been or may be treated unfairly. 

The Committee will also make recommendations to the Contract Committee, Executive Committee, and other Committees of the Association relating to issues of employment equity.

SWDEAC meetings during the 2017-18 will be held in the upstairs boardroom of the Faculty Association, Kerr House (366 Sunset Ave.)

SWDEAC Meeting Schedule Winter 2018
Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday June 22, 2018 at 12 noon

If you would like to join the SWDEAC, please contact the WUFA office at ext. 3365 or email

SWDEAC 2017-2018

Vicki Jay Leung, VP SWDE

Law Library

Jeff Noonan, WUFA President
ex officio

Natalie AtkinFAHSS

Nihar Biswas

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Jessica Chen

Computer Science

Elizabeth Donnelly

Social Work

Richard Douglass-Chin

English Language, Literature & Creative Writing

Donna Eansor

Faculty of Law

Azra Ghumman

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Susan Holloway


Zhiguo Hu

Mathematics & Statistics

Beverly JacobsLaw

Anne Kaay

Leddy Library

Tranum Kaur

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Dana Levin

Social Work

Ruth Mann

Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology

Maureen Muldoon


Sharon Munro

Leddy Library

Francisca Omorodion

Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology

Victoria Paraschak


Kathy Pfaff


Emily RosserWomen's and Gender Studies

Kara Smith

Urvashi Soni-SinhaWomen's and Gender Studies

Iris Xu

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Shuzhen Zhao

Leddy Library

Review Committee on Employment Equity (RCEE)

The RCEE consists of two persons appointed by the University, and two persons from the membership of the Faculty Association appointed by the President of WUFA.  The RCEE is responsible for: (a) identifying where there is a serious under-representation of members of the designated groups in any AAU and/or Library; (b) recommending reasonable goals and timetables for hiring by any AAU and/or Library where serious under-representation of members of the designated groups exists; and (c) reviewing action taken within the University to achieve the hiring goals recommended by the RCEE.

The two WUFA reps who sit on the RCEE 2017-2018 are:

  • Vicky Paraschak (Kinesiology)
  • Vicki Jay Leung (Law Library)

The two Admin reps who sit on the RCEE 2017-2018 are:

  • Kaye Johnson (OHREA)
  • Alison Samson (Graduate Academic Services)

Employment Equity Coordinating Committee (EECC)

The Employment Equity Coordinating Committee (EECC) is the body which implements employment equity at the University of Windsor.  The committee is made up of representatives from each bargaining unit on campus and an equal number of representatives from the administration.  The Committee meets four times in each academic year.

The two WUFA reps who sit on the EECC 2017-2018 are:

  • Sharon Munro, Leddy Library (WUFA rep)
  • Jennifer Soutter, Leddy Library (SWDEAC appointee)

Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award Committee 2018

The Mary Lou Dietz Equity Award is a prestigious award that was established to honour the memory of Mary Lou Dietz.  The Windsor University Faculty Association’s Status of Women, Diversity and Equity Action Committee bestows the award each year to honour individuals who demonstrate leadership through their contributions to creating an equity culture on campus. Read more about this award and other local, provincial and national awards that WUFA members may be eligible for by clicking here.

Niharendu Biswas, Chair

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Natalie Atkin

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Tranum Kaur

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Iris Xu

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award

Nominations are now open for the 2018 equity leadership award. 

This award is given by the University of Windsor Faculty Association in honour of Mary Lou Dietz, BA. MA. PhD., who was a faculty member and Department Head of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Windsor. Dr. Dietz served on WUFA's Executive and council numerous times. In 1972 she lobbied for and became a founding member of WUFA's Status of Women Committee. Dr. Dietz helped to establish an executive position of Vice-President, Women's Issues within the faculty association and was the first person elected to this office. Dr. Dietz was involved in collective bargaining as a member of the Contract Committee and the Negotiating Committee, and she was Chief Negotiator in the year that our pay anomaly fund for women was established. In 1994, Mary Lou Dietz was awarded the CAUT Sarah Shorten Award, in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the promotion of the advancement of women in Canadian universities and colleges. She passed away December 29, 2008.

For the Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award Criteria & Nomination Form click here

All nominations are to be received by March 2, 2018

Previous Recipients

2017 - Victoria Paraschak, Human Kinetics

2016 - Dr. Anne Forrest, Women's and Gender Studies

2015 - Dr. Andrew Allen, Faculty of Education

2014 - Dr. Lynda D. Corkum, Faculty of Science

2013 - Dr. Richard Moon, Faculty of Law

2012 - Dr. Angela Sodan, Faculty of Computer Science

2011 - Dr. Margery J. Holman, Faculty of Human Kinetics

2010 - removed by request