Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (WIDE) Committee

The Department of Immunology recognizes wellness, equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) as core values that promote excellence in all that we do. We encourage all applications to our student programs, faculty and staff positions, particularly those from individuals who have been and continue to be underrepresented/minoritized groups within the system.  We value diverse thought, backgrounds, and perspectives in our learners, staff and faculty members. The department supports and values a healthy, professional work and learning environment where all are treated fairly and with respect, and recognizes the importance of personal wellness and work-life integration in achieving the full potential of all members of our community.

Our departmental Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (WIDE) Committee has been established to ensure that we:

  • Embrace wellness and EDI in our goal to sustain excellence in teaching, research and service
  • Support a healthy learning and work environment for all members of our department
  • Provide EDI training opportunities for all members of our community to address issues of unconscious bias, mistreatment and implementation of EDI into practice
  • Incorporate the principles of EDI in our recruitment and career advancement practices with regards to faculty, staff and students
  • Ensure the makeup of our committees and decision-making bodies is inclusive and reflects the diversity of our department
  • Engage widely within the University of Toronto and broader communities to promote education and employment opportunities within our department, such as Immunology outreach programs for youth from diverse communities

Your Immunology WIDE Committee

Dr. Nana Lee, Committee Chair (on sabbatical)
Kate Sedore, Acting Chair
AWARE Subcommittee (Allyship, Wellness And REpresentation)
Matt Buechler
Pailin Chiaranunt
Baweleta Isho
Jenny Jongstra-Bilen
Saad Khan
Kate Sedore
Nasana Vaidya
Faculty/Graduate/International Students Subcommittee
Pailin Chiaranunt
Saad Khan
Kitty Liu
Priya Makhijani
Dana Philpott
Jasty Singh
Rysa Zaman
Undergraduate/Highschool Outreach/RASI Subcommittee
Baweleta Isho
Jenny Jongstra-Bilen
Nayanan Nathan
Salma Sheikh-Mohamed
Contact Us

EDI Resources

UofT Statement on Equity, Diversity and Excellence
UofT Statement on Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment
FoM Diversity and Inclusion Website
FoM Strategic Plan Direction on Achieving “Excellence Through Equity”

Wellness Resources

Embedded Counsellors for FacMed Graduate Students
To schedule your first appointment with a counsellor, contact the Health and Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 (select option “5”) or drop by Health and Wellness at the Koffler Student Services Centre, Room 111, and ask to book a time with a GLSE (i.e. Faculty of Medicine) counsellor.
Health & Wellness 
Second Floor at Koffler Centre, 214 College Ave, 416-978-8030
Good to talk  
For any postsecondary student in Ontario 1-866-925-5454  

Wellness for Faculty and Staff

Employee Assistance Program
For any employee of UofT   1-800-663-1142