Dr. Wanda Costen became Dean of Smith School of Business in July 2021. A collaborator at heart, she brings a combination of academic experience, as well as private and public sector management.
Dr. Costen is a champion of inclusiveness in business, and works with community, business leaders, and university stakeholders to ensure business research and teaching is training emerging leaders to thrive within the changing expectations of society.
With a Ph.D., EMBA and BSc, she has done research and partnered with organizations on managing diversity, inequality in organizations, women and leadership, and strategic human resources. Dr. Costen sits on the boards of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, as well as the Business Schools Association of Canada (BSAC).
Dr. Pamela Sugiman is a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Sugiman has been deeply committed to a scholarly understanding of institutional racism and colonization. As a Sansei (third generation) Japanese Canadian researcher, she has also published extensively on racism and personal memory in Canada, with a focus on the ways in which Nisei (second-generation) Japanese Canadian women remember and narrate, in the present, their internment during the Second World War. Dr. Sugiman has served as President of the Canadian Sociological Association and is currently a board member for Pathways to Education Canada and the Atkinson Foundation. She is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Directions, journal of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation; The Mayor of Toronto’s East Asian Community Roundtable; the National Coalition of Canadians Against Anti-Asian Racism and the Ryerson University Presidential Implementation Committee to Confront Anti-Black Racism. She is a recipient of the Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership (Ryerson) and the Outstanding Contribution Award (Canadian Sociological Association).
Recognition Award in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
A donation in the amount of $1000 will be awarded annually to a SWAAC member who has shown exceptional leadership, initiative and commitment in fostering or furthering diversity and inclusion at their institution. The donation will be made on the recipient’s behalf to an institution of her choice, in the form of a contribution to an endowment or fund that supports initiatives to promote equity and diversity for students, staff, or faculty at their institution. Evidence of leadership through:
Commitment to diversity as an important part of the institution’s educational mission
Public and/or academically oriented endeavors that demonstrate intellectual excellence and commitment to cultural diversity in service, teaching, scholarship, and/or creative activity
Creation of recruitment and retention initiatives to attract, recruit, and professionally develop individuals who increase the diversity of faculty and staff
Demonstrating activities to attract, recruit, and ensure the success of a diverse student body
Demonstrating activities to recruit, retain, and professionally develop individuals who increase the diversity of our faculty and staff contributions to enhance campus climate, particularly for underrepresented and marginalized communities
Promotion of programs, initiatives, and/or projects that foster a diverse and inclusive campus culture
Creation of strategic partnerships that help advance institutional change related to equity and diversity
Efforts to increase diversity within one’s academic or administrative unit and/or the University
Efforts to use scholarly and/or creative work to enhance the success of students and faculty of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds
Each nomination must address the key areas that form the basis for nomination
The nomination should be accompanied by a one page summary and two letters of support from senior colleagues, one of whom is considered by the community to be a representative of diversity within the institution.
The deadline for submission of nominations: March 1, 2023.
The Selection Committee shall be the elected members of the Executive.