February is Black History Month!

It is Black History Month. This year also marks Canada’s 150th anniversary. This is a great opportunity to reflect, educate and engage in conversations about the contributions, role and place of African Canadians throughout Canada historically, today, and as we move forward as a country.

Tragedy in Quebec City

The President has issued a statement on the shooting in Quebec City which can be found at the following URL: http://www.president.utoronto.ca/statement-on-the-events-in-quebec-city.

U of T TRC Steering Committee – Report Released

The Final Report of the Steering Committee for the U of T Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada was submitted (January 2017). We encourage the community to read the report which can be found at the following URL:http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/Assets/Provost+Digital+Assets/TRC_FinalReport.pdf

Call for Abstracts deadline fast approaching!

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) in partnership with the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) and the Department of Sociology, UTM will convene an anti-racism conference as part of the 2017 U of T IDERD Campaign and Recognition Award Ceremony.

We invite abstracts for papers, workshops, video and poetry performances, and other artistic forms of activism, which will be selected for presentation at a workshop or poster session.

Deadline for Abstracts: February 17, 2017
IDERD Conference: March 20, 2017

See further information on the Call for Abstracts.

Other events and news

ARCDO Dialogue Sessions

For the winter semester the ARCDO will continue to hosts a series of dialogues for students.

See the newsletter for more information on upcoming Race and Faith Dialogues.

ARCDO Drop-In Hours

The ARCDO will have drop-in hours for the month of February. Students can drop-in and enjoy critical discussions about race, faith, gender and other intersections of identity. Drop-In hours will be Tuesdays from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Don’t have a space to talk about these topics?

Connections and Conversations

Connections and Conversations is an affinity group for racialized staff at the University of Toronto and their supporters. Find out dates and locations for local chapter meetings.

Black History Month

There are a number of events taking place on campus and within the community for Black History Month.

Find out more about the events planned for Black History Month.

History, Legacy, and Reconciliation:
Indigenous Education and the Role of the University of Toronto

Rochelle Allan

Rochelle Allan advances anti-racism…
by improving the discourse on Indigenous Health within the Undergraduate Medical Education program at U of T. Her work has enhanced supports for Indigenous students within Undergraduate Medical Education, and has helped to increase curriculum options around Indigenous health.
- Rochelle Allan, Indigenous Peoples’ UME Program Coordinator, Office of Indigenous Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Learn more about Rochelle Allan

Law in Action Within Schools

Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) advances anti-racism…
by impacting the lives of over 1000, predominantly racialized, students in the GTA by providing access to the legal profession. Through mentoring, job shadowing and summer jobs with lawyers, judges and justices of the peace the LAWS program provides a range of opportunities for these students.
- Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS), Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Learn more about Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS)

2015 Racial Justice Matters Organizing Committee

The 2015 Racial Justice Matters Conference Organizing Committee advances anti-racism…
by sparking thought-provoking conversations about how we as a public health community can begin to address racial health inequities as service providers, researchers and advocates.
-2015 Racial Justice Matters Organizing Committee at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Pictured Conference Co-Chairs: Top left to right: Navita Singh, Eden Hagos
Bottom left to right: Meena Bhardwaj, Anjum Sultana

Learn more about the 2015 Racial Justice Matters Organizing Committee

Audrey Rochette

Audrey Rochette advances anti-racism…
by working with the Native Students Association on a petition and awareness raising campaign to get a mandatory Indigenous studies course for all students. Audrey has travelled to several First Nations communities and impact their youth directly through outreach and the arts.
- Audrey Rochette, Program Assistant, Woodsworth College Academic Bridging Mentorship Program, University of Toronto

Learn more about Audrey Rochette

Dhanela Sivaparan

Dhanela Sivaparan advances anti-racism…
by increasing the access and participation of Indigenous graduate students for the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) program. Dhanela has further promoted social justice through her proactive roles with U of T’s Native Students’ Association, UME Office of Indigenous Medical Education and U of T’s Council of Aboriginal Initiatives.
- Dhanela Sivaparan, Graduate Student, Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Coordinator, Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives, University of Toronto

Learn more about Dhanela Sivaparan