Former Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente has resigned a contentious appointment with a Toronto school after going through fierce opposition from college students and workers.
Massey Faculty says Wente resigned her publish as a senior fellow and member of the Quadrangle Society in a letter that referred to as accusations towards her “false and outrageous” and stating “that her record speaks for itself.”
Wente’s appointment had been below evaluation late final week, with Massey Faculty principal Nathalie Des Rosiers saying that they had “new information” however she didn’t elaborate.
Controversy emerged days earlier when the varsity, affiliated with the College of Toronto, described Wente as one in all 46 appointees “who demonstrate the ethical pursuit of the public good that we want to model for our junior fellowship.”
A petition signed by college students, college, workers, alumni, and donors urged the faculty to rescind the publish attributable to Wente’s historical past of inflammatory columns coping with race and a number of accusations of plagiarism.
The governing board’s vice-chair, Craig Thorburn, says the faculty is dedicated “to engage in a fundamental rethink of the way in which the college community interacts and operates.”
The objective is “to eliminate any impediments to an environment that is completely free from anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-gender identity views and discrimination of any kind,” he acknowledged.
“Many efforts to address these matters have been underway at the college for many months, but will become the primary focus of the governing board in the months to come.”
The appointment additionally prompted U of T professor Alissa Trotz to resign from the nomination committee as she referred to as into query “non-transparent mechanisms of selection.”
Final Friday, Des Rosiers mentioned COVID-19 precautions disrupted the traditional nomination course of and might need made it tougher for committee members to evaluation candidates.