Human Rights and Equity

The Office of Human Rights & Equity (OHRE) is an arms-length office that is responsible for overseeing all human rights and equity related issues as well as matters surrounding sexual violence at Lakehead University as experienced by students, faculty, staff and visitors to both Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses.  Reporting directly to the Vice-President of Administration and Finance this office provides the University community with confidential support in human rights and sexual violence matters.  We also work in conjunction with other departments to ensure that all users of the University  are free from discrimination in an accessible, diverse and equitable environment pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code and other relevant legislation.

More specifically we provide prevention and response support in human rights and sexual violence through i) policy development, research and advisory services; ii) outreach and education; and iii) complaint processing and resolution.  The OHRE also oversees and supports non-disability related accommodations to students, such as religious observance, breast feeding, etc..  If you need support with any human rights or sexual violence related concern please do not hesitate to be in contact.

Dylan Mazur, Director, Human Rights and Equity
Phone:  807-343-8010 Ext. 7765
Email:   dmazur1@lakeheadu.ca
Office:   Li 5012

Jonathan Erua, Administrative and Intake Officer
Phone:  807-343-8010 Ext. 7763
Email:   humanrights@lakeheadu.ca
Office:   Li 5014

Website: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/faculty-and-staff/departments/services/human-rights-and-equity

Discrimination

All users of Lakehead University have the right to a safe and respectful environment free from discrimination.  The OHRE provides training, tools and advice on all protected human rights grounds to support the prevention of discrimination.  Additionally the OHRE receives and processes all discrimination complaints confidentially, as well as arranging accommodations for equity seeking groups (excluding those students with disabilities who are supported by SAS).  Please contact the OHRE if you or your student is facing discrimination because of one of the following protected grounds:

  • Age
  • Ancestry, colour, race
  • Citizenship
  • Ethnic origin
  • Place of origin
  • Creed
  • Disability
  • Family status
  • Marital status (including single status)
  • Gender identity, gender expression
  • Record of offences (in employment only)
  • Sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding)
  • Sexual orientation.

Sexual Violence

The Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response Policy outlines the supports and accommodations available to you, if you experience or witness sexual violence.  The policy not only defines sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) but also outlines the process for disclosing, reporting, or complaining about sexual violence. The OHRE is responsible for this policy and welcomes any questions or concerns around(SGBV).

The OHRE is here for you

  • If you are a survivor or a witness to sexual and gender based violence please feel safe and supported should you wish to disclose.
  • If you receive a disclosure of SGBVand need tools, advice or information to support a survivor or yourself.
  • If you wish to receive more education on SGBV prevention.
  • If you are engaged in a complaint of SGBV.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator is our front line staff who receives disclosures, oversees intake, reporting, investigation and education and training.

Nahid Anee, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Gender Coordinator
Phone:  807-343-8010 Ext. 7785
Email:   sv.hre@lakeheadu.ca
Office:   Li 5014