Denise O'Neil Green

Denise O'Neil Green

Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
Ryerson University

Denise O'Neil Green is the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (VPECI) at Ryerson University. Denise's leadership, advocacy and deep-rooted passion for the advancement of inclusive campuses, has championed organizational change in post-secondary institutions, both in Canada and the USA, for over 30 years.

Under her leadership, Ryerson has advanced equity, diversity and community inclusion on a number of fronts. To name a few, Denise convened the first University and Research Funding Agencies' Equity Officers Roundtable to address strategies and greater alignment between universities and federal agencies with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion; she brought the first ever White Privilege Conference Global—Toronto in 2018; she co-authored Ryerson's Truth and Reconciliation Community Consultation Report; and she led a team that developed an All Gender Washroom campaign. With Denise championing major inclusive causes such as these, Ryerson continues to maintain its designation as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers, since 2015.

Prior to her appointment as VPECI, an executive leadership post and the first established in Canada, Denise was the Assistant Vice-President/Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Ryerson. Prior to that, Denise was Associate Vice-President of Institutional Diversity at Central Michigan University. In her tenure, she opened the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, a modern, state of the art facility to showcase diversity initiatives and programming.

She has coauthored The Case for Affirmative Action on Campus: Concepts of Equity, Considerations for Practice and 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women—2016 edition. She has also authored/co-authored over 70 journal articles, book chapters, reports and conference papers, along with lectures on inclusive leadership, building inclusive classrooms, student success, ethical leadership, and diverse qualitative approaches. She is also Executive Editor of the InstititionalDiversityBlog.com.

Denise has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2017 President's Blue and Gold Award of Excellence, the 2016 Pioneers For Change Award for Excellence for Women in Leadership, and has been named a "Woman Worth Watching" by Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2015.