The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) is the first and only Centre at the University of Toronto, and to our knowledge, the first one in Canada, to be devoted to Anti-Racism Studies in Education. CIARS's mandate is to enhance research and teaching in the areas of equity, anti-racism praxis and alternative knowledge(s) in education. Our research looks at education from an integrative perspective, that is, education as a process embedded within wider social processes. Our work takes place both inside and outside the immediate realm of formal education (e.g., research on inclusive schooling practices; social welfare, legal regulations affecting communities of colour; media representations of communities of colour).
CIARS' mandate also includes the generation of collaborative relationships with community and other institutional organizations.