Carleton is continuing to make progress on the New Names for New Times initiative, which will result in three campus buildings being renamed to reflect the university’s diversity and commitment to inclusion.

Since the initiative was announced by President Benoit-Antoine Bacon earlier this year, the committee co-chairs have been engaging current partners and stakeholders to ensure the three processes will be driven by the appropriate communities.

“We recognize that it is essential for these conversations to be thoughtful, comprehensive and community-led,” said Carleton Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Jerry Tomberlin. “We are taking care not to rush these processes, but to take the necessary time to seek guidance through discussion with relevant communities.”

Assistant Vice-President (Indigenous Initiatives) Kahente Horn-Miller and Centre for Indigenous Initiatives Director Benny Michaud have engaged an Algonquin Advisory Council to guide the naming of University Centre and an Inuit Advisory Council to guide the naming of Robertson Hall.

Interim Assistant Vice-President (Equity and Inclusive Communities) Ikram Jama and Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs Dean Patrice Smith co-chair an Advisory Council that will guide the naming of Residence Commons. Members have met several times this year to define a consultation process that will be implemented in two phases. The initial phase, beginning in January 2022, will engage key contacts in discussions, which will inform the broader second consultation phase.

Updates will continue to be added to the New Names for New Times website.