Black History Month

ARCDO Celebrates Black History Month!

The motion to officially recognize February as Black History Month was introduced in the House of Commons in 1995 by the first Black woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Offices works with University partners to celebrate and recognize the change makers of African descent in Canadian history, who shaped the fabric of Canadian society and impacted innovation in all sectors including science, engineering, medicine, public health, education, politics, and the arts.

January 24, 2022 • 10:00 am – 11:30 am • In recognition of Black History Month
The Future of Campus Safety Through an Antiracism Lens


In light of the many calls for systemic changes in the areas of policing, law enforcement and campus safety, we are aiming to:

  • Create space for critical dialogue on the role of community in establishing safety practices.
  • Identify what systemic antiracism changes in community safety can look like.
  • Discuss the role all levels of the university play in re-envisioning safety practices through an antiracism lens.



Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto
Akwasi Owusu-Bempah
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Toronto


Akwasi Owusu-Bempah BA (Carleton) MA, PhD (Toronto) is a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, an Affiliate Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and a Sr. Fellow at Massey College. Prof. Owusu-Bempah’s work examines the intersections of race, crime and criminal justice, with a particular focus in the area of policing. Prof. Owusu-Bempah is frequently sought out to provide commentary and advice to justice agencies, government bodies, community organizations, and media outlets on matters relating to policing, justice and social inequality. He frequently appears on radio and tv and publishes regularly in academic and popular forums. Prof. Owusu-Bempah is the author of Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice: An International Dilemma (Routledge, 2020 with Shaun Gabbidon). His academic research has been published in academic journals such as Policing and Society, The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, Crime and Justice, Theoretical Criminology, Race and Justice, The International Journal of Drug Policy. His work has recently been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Guardian, and The Globe and Mail.



Format: Virtual – Zoom Platform. Accessibility information for Zoom.
Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students and External Community
Cost: Free

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