Equity in Action: DSBN Hires Human Rights Advisor

Feb 24, 2021

We believe diversity is a source of strength and innovation, and we are committed to ensuring that every person in our school community feels included, empowered, and represented.

As part of this important work, the DSBN is pleased to announce the appointment of Maryam Safdar Ali to the role of Human Rights Advisor.

Ali is a lawyer who began her studies at York University with a double major in Human Rights and Equity studies, and Law and Society. She has experience leading transformational change to expand cultures of respect for human rights, and has championed efforts to identify and eliminate systemic barriers.

“Education and awareness are essential. Canada is such a diverse nation, and by increasing our understanding of diversity, inclusion, anti-racism and equity, I think we can truly succeed towards building a society that celebrates the individual as an individual, as well as celebrates the whole society,” said newly appointed DSBN Human Rights Advisor, Ali. “This is all so close to my heart, and I’m excited to begin this work with the DSBN.”

Maryam Safdar Ali will lead our team in implementing the recommendations in the DSBN’s Equity Audit Action Plan, in support of student achievement and well-being. Additionally, she will work to continue to build a culture of respect for the principles of human rights and equity within the DSBN. Ali will also have an influential role in identifying and eliminating systemically based human rights and equity issues.

“In education, we’re always thinking about how impactful we can be on future generations. It’s our students who will be the ones to influence meaningful, long-term change, and Maryam Safdar Ali will support us in providing them with the right foundation to learn and advance their ideas, interests, and understanding of the world,” said DSBN Director of Education Warren Hoshizaki.

“I believe we all have a responsibility to promote equity, inclusion, diversity, and anti-racism,” said Ali. “Everyone should feel included and respected in their community, and it’s important that we continue learning to appreciate what makes us different from one another, and what brings us together as a community.”

The DSBN is committed to inspiring, empowering, and supporting everyone to achieve their full potential. We’re looking forward to Maryam Safdar Ali joining the DSBN team and moving us forward on our organizational journey.

Quick Facts

  • Maryam Safdar Ali has a BA  from York University with a double major in Human Rights and Equity studies, and Law and Society, and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Ottawa
  • Maryam Safdar Ali will begin her role as Human Rights Advisor in March 2021
  • The DSBN’s Equity Audit Action Plan can be found here