By Don Redmond

Published on June 9, 2022 at 2:03 p.m.

Starting Monday, Brock University will have an interim director of human rights and equity. (Photos: Brock University)

In a move increasingly common in business and educational institutions these days, Brock University with campuses in St. Catharines and Thorold has appointed a Director of Human Rights and Equity.

Chelsea Takalo, currently an advisor for the student equity program at the Toronto District School Board, one of the largest and most diverse in North America, will begin her role as interim director of human rights and Equity (HRE) at Brock on June 13th.

“Brock has worked hard to make his campus community more equitable and inclusive,” Takalo said. “And while there is still a lot of work to be done in this area, I am delighted to join such a progressive team with such a strong commitment to human rights, equality and diversity.

A social worker by training, Takalo holds a master’s degree in social work and teaches related courses as an instructor at Sheridan College.

The university said: “HRE was created as a resource to provide members of the Brock community with information, education, assistance and advice on issues related to human rights, bullying , discrimination and intimidation.”

Two months ago, Brock launched a review of HRE, taking into account its mandate, operational effectiveness, organizational structure and resources. Recommendations from the review will be provided to the President by the end of 2022.


Chelsea Takalo will take office as Acting Director of Human Rights and Equity (HRE) at Brock University on June 13.

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