Former Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente has resigned from a senior fellow place with Toronto’s Massey Faculty following controversy over her appointment.
The governing board of the college, affiliated with the College of Toronto, stated in a message on its web site on Monday that the school has acquired a letter of resignation from Wente.
The letter was submitted after Massey Faculty Principal Nathalie Des Rosiers introduced final Thursday the college would assessment Wente’s writings and conduct “in response to new data” associated to her appointment.
Wente was considered one of 46 folks in numerous fields named a senior fellow and member of the school’s Quadrangle Society.
“The Faculty has now acquired a letter from Ms. Wente stating that she doesn’t want to be a member of the Quadrangle Society, that the accusations towards her are false and outrageous and that her document speaks for itself,” the governing board stated within the message.
The information of her appointment sparked a petition signed by college students, college, employees, alumni, and donors, urging the school to rescind the submit on account of her historical past of inflammatory columns coping with race and a number of accusations of plagiarism.
It additionally prompted U of T professor Alissa Trotz to resign from the nomination committee with a strongly worded letter that known as into query “non-transparent mechanisms of choice.”
The governing board stated it met on Monday and determined to simply accept Wente’s resignation, saying it desires to rethink how the school “interacts and operates to be able to get rid of any impediments to an setting that’s utterly free from anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-gender id views and discrimination of any form.”
Massey Faculty is a graduate residential faculty affiliated with the College of Toronto however is impartial from it.
When Des Rosiers introduced the 2020-2021 incoming senior members to Massey Faculty on the college’s web site, she stated they “will contribute to the mental lifetime of the Faculty.”