Nominations open for Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization Committee

The President’s Advisory Committee for Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization (PACHRED) is seeking nominees for membership.

Mandated by Brock University President Gervan Fearon to advise on issues facing equity-seeking communities, the Committee is set to convene in October. Nominations for membership opened Sunday, July 15 and will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m. Interested members of the Brock community, including faculty, staff and students, can find details about the application process and committee at

Chair of the Nominations Committee, Associate Professor of Sociology Mary-Beth Raddon, said she expects PACHRED “will become a vital group that deliberates about and advises the President on how to fulfil our institutional commitments to make the University safer, fairer, more inclusive and welcoming.”

Reporting to the President, PACHRED will identify issues, provide a forum for discussion and make recommendations for action. Meetings will be open to the Brock community.

“For people already working in particular ways in response to serious concerns on campus such as sexual violence, racism or ableism affecting students, staff and faculty, PACHRED offers a new vehicle for making a collective impact,” Raddon said.

The committee was initiated by Fearon as part of the recommendation made in the final report of the Human Rights Task Force in 2017.

“Brock is making significant strides to advance human rights, equity and inclusion with the support of the entire University community,” said Fearon. “I look forward to hearing from PACHRED on how we can support this momentum and further make Brock an outstanding and exemplary institution for teaching and learning, research, scholarly and creative activities, and community engagement for our students, faculty and staff.”

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