Students, staff and community members have fought for years to remove Egerton Ryerson’s name from the university. They want it gone in order to pave the way for reconciliation and to respond to the history and legacy of Egerton Ryerson. On Aug. 26, 2021, the university announced it would change its name. President Mohamed Lachemi called “finding a new name… an important step forward in our commitment toward reconciliation.”
The university is expecting to have a new name in place for the end of the calendar year. Here are key dates you should know:
Call for action
In the name of urgency and constant calls for the removal and name change of the university, protesters throw paint across the Egerton Ryerson statue. A banner was also placed around the bottom of the statue which calls for monuments that represent slavery, colonialism and violence to be torn down.
The Standing Strong Taskforce (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) presents the final report with 22 recommendations to the university and it gets approved. Among the recommendations, there was a call for the renaming of the university, teaching community members about the history of Egerton Ryerson and encourages the university to actively hire Black and Indigenous faculty members.
URAC invites all Ryerson University community members to participate in a survey to share their ideas and suggestions for the new name. The survey reveals that many community members preferred a new name related to a place/location or values/vision/mission. Most respondents said they do not want the university to be named after a notable person.
Virtual presentation with update on the renaming process hosted by Jennifer Simpson, chair of the URAC and Tanya De Mello, co-chair. The event will run for 30 minutes and will give an update on the work of the URAC and answer any questions that were submitted by community members.
Ruby Asgedome was a General Assignment Reporter and Social Media Producer for On the Record for the Winter 2022 semester.