Research centres enrich the work of our department in many ways. Faculty often find their research and teaching enhanced through engagement in activities of the research centres. Centre projects regularly generate new research topics for faculty, and many students work on funded centre projects closely related to their theses.
Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS)
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.
Centre for Media, Culture and Education (CMCE)
The Centre for Media, Culture and Education supports interdisciplinary research and teaching agendas that advance ideals of social equity and justice. The CMCE promotes visionary and innovative media and cultural productions positioning us to imagine a different and better world.
The Centre reaches out both locally and internationally, seeking connections, networks, relations and exchanges that enhance media, cultural and digital literacies and education.