Tuesday November 22

Health Nursing and Environmental Studies Building Room 140

Panel on Equity in Post-Secondary Education

Andrea Jacobs, Centennial College

Brenda Spotton Visano, Professor, Economics, York University

Ciann Wilson, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University


This panel examines different programs and initiatives that have been developed at Centennial College and at York University in order to pursue equity in post-secondary education. Andrea Jacobs will speak about the mandatory equity course at Centennial College. Brenda Spotton Visano (and others) will present the success of the Transition-Year Program at York University, a special access program for youth and adults who wish to attend university, but have previously experienced social and financial barriers to accessing the formal education system. The program provides the tools and supports necessary for a successful transition to university degree study. Ciann Wilson will speak about equity initiatives in the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Andrea Jacobs teaches at Centennial College. Brenda Spotton Visano is a University Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and the Department of Economics. She is a member of the Graduate Programs in Economics, Sociology, and Social & Political Thought. She teaches, researches and publishes in the areas of macroeconomics, monetary theory and policy, banking, and economic sociology. She is the inaugural Director of York’s new Transition Year Program, which saw its first class of students successfully transfer into their academic degrees this past spring, 2011. Ciann Wilson is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. She is a founding member of ACE: Accessibility, Community and Equity