Toward an anti-racist university: Racial (in)equity, intersectionality, and the social injustice of sameness

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On Friday, November 18,┬ámembers of ACE attended the discussion, “Toward an anti-racist university: Racial (in)equity, intersectionality, and the social injustice of sameness” with Malinda Smith from the University of Alberta, presented by the YUFA Race Equity Caucus. Dr. Smith talked about the need for better equity in Canada’s colleges and universities. In past decades, there have been many equity policies proposed, but they have not been fully acted upon┬ábecause there still a great lack of full-time Indigenous faculty and faculty of colour.

Dr. Smith also had some notes about challenging talking about whiteness that we’d like to share for everyone to consider:

Talking about racial inequity and the social injustice of sameness engenders various anxieties in white people, which can shutdown efforts to change:

– Challenging claims of objectivity: White peoples’ viewpoints came from a racialized frame of reference

– Challenging racial innocence: Receiving feedback that one’s conduct had a racist impact

– Challenging societal taboos on talking about race: People of colour talk about their own experiences of racism

– Challenge to white racial expectation and need/entitlement to racial comfort: People of colour choose not to protect racial feelings of white people in regards to race

– Challenge expectations that people of colour are “the help” and there to serve white people

“We have organized society to reproduce and reinforce our racial interests and perspectives, Further, we are centred in all matters deemed normal, universal, benign, neutral and good”. – Dr. Robin Diangelo, “White Fragility”

Thanks Dr. Smith, for the great talk!


Scholarship Writing Workshop for BES and MES Students!

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Are you a BES or MES student interested in applying for the Ontario Graduate Student (OGS) scholarship, and/or Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Master’s award?

Come to this help sessions for advice and tips!

We’ll have the FES Student Resource Assistant share important info on the applications and past student winners share tips on applying. **Please bring 3-4 copies of your research statement for past recipients to edit**

Featuring snacks from GESSA!

Date: Wednesday November 23
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Where: HNES Room 141