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 University joins in celebrating and recognizing 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.

If you require accommodation, please email and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

February 8, 2024     •     1:00 pm- 3:30 pm     •     Presenting Partner: Hart House
The Journey: Black Leadership Navigating Institutional Spaces

Join ARCDO and Hart House for a film screening and discussion centered on Black women in leadership navigating institutional spaces. Navigating the realities of anti-Black racism within varying intersectionalities calls for Black leaders to engage a level of hope, determination and strength within their professional journeys.

Let us come together to engage this critically important dialogue with one of Canada’s most prominent and revered champions of equality and inclusion for Black community, Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine.

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Lydia Gill Blackett
Assistant Director, University Student Recruitment – Equity & Outreach
Office of Student Recruitment
University Admissions & Outreach



Michelle Bookal

Michelle Bookal (she/her)
U of T Alumni, 2018
Registered Nurse
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Traditional African Opening:


Aina-Nia Ayo’dele (she/her)
Spiritual Leadership Coach / Ancient Wisdom Teacher
Aina-Nia Journey Learning Inc.
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Professor Meric Gertler
President, University of Toronto


Film Screening of Steadfast: The Messenger and The Message


Steadfast: The Messenger and the Message brings us the uplifting story of the Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine through her first-hand account of her struggles and triumphs told in her own words. It also includes interviews with people who know her personally such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; former Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell; the first Black Miss World, Jennifer Hosten; British actor Joseph Marcell; Grammy-nominated singer Freddy Will and several Members of Parliament and political leaders in Canada. Through re-enactments, the film depicts the courage and determination with which Dr. Augustine fought for the rights of women and African-Canadians.

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In Conversation with the Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine

A moderated conversation with the Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine followed by questions from the audience.

Guest of Honour:


Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine

Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine
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Jodie Glean (she/her)
Executive Director, Institutional Equity Office
Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture


Format: Hybrid – This event will be hosted in person and livestreamed.
Location: The Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle
Audience: Faculty, staff, students, and external community.
Cost: Free

Light refreshments will be served.


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Virtual: Registration is not required. 

Join the Livestream (Attend Virtually)

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February 13, 2024     •     11:30 am- 1:00 pm
There is More: Black Healing Circle

With the use of African wisdom and principles, the focus of this Black healing circle will be for participants to explore how they may begin to live more liberated now, whether in or outside the school institution. Black bodies are constantly in a state of survival, which leaves many feeling overly exhausted and stressed as it relates to school or job performance. Together, we will unpack the exhaustion of racial trauma, recognize and amplify glimmers of joy and hope in our Blackness, and explore ways forward to ensure Black bodies live more liberated.


Simone Donaldson (she/her)

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Format: Virtual – Zoom Platform. Accessibility information for Zoom.
Audience: Students, staff and faculty at the University of Toronto who identify as members of Black community.
Note: You must use a University of Toronto email address to register.
Cost: Free

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