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2021

Black Futures Event: What Makes Us Human? AI, Spirituality & Race

Join Hart House, the Multi-Faith Centre and the Centre for Student Engagement for a Black Futures event, What Makes Us Human? AI, Spirituality, & Race. on February 2, 2022 from 6 pm – 8 pm. Increasingly, humans have looked toward artificial intelligence as their Saviour to social, physical, and mental burdens, wishfully waiting for it to overcome human limitations and build towards a techno-utopia. Private and public companies have tapped into these hopeful associations and are actively looking to AI to automate processes within economics, health, transportation, retail, education, the justice system, and many more. But the question remains, can AI truly solve real-world problems? Does AI make us more human? Faith, Spirituality and Religion are critical tenets of what makes us human. Critical reflection on AI reveals that it does not overcome biases but replicates them. Notably, this has enormous implications for people of African descent and the Black experience.

Critical questions related to Black Futures are: what biases are present in the design of AI? Will they amplify human biases? How will the Black experience be impacted by these algorithms?

Panelists Include:
Dr. Rhonda McEwen (UTM’s Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean and is a Professor of Emerging Technology at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology)
Suzanne van Geuns(a scholar of North American religion and computational technologies and curent PHd candidate at UofT)
Robyn Hillman-Harrigan (Data Scientist, Writer, Activist, and Nonprofit founder, currently serving as the Critical Data & AI Equity Director at Feminist.AI. at UCLA)
De’Aira Bryant (a computer science doctoral student in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology)

Register for this free event.

 

EDI Workshops for Students

The Clubs and Leadership Development, Mentorship and Peer Programs and Orientation, Transition & Engagement (St. George) have a calendar full of online programming and services scheduled for St. George students in January. For learning to contribute to a culture of equity, care and support:

January 11, 2022
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Self-Awareness: Foundational Work in Equity & Anti Oppression

Addressing systemic oppression exists both within and outside of ourselves. We often talk about “doing the personal work” but what work are we to do? How do we do it? This workshop will give you the opportunity to do some of this reflection in community with both the support and challenge of fellow students as we think about how to do that work within our personal lives.
Register

January 12, 2022
2pm to 4pm
Understanding and Responding to “micro” aggressions

This session will explore what “micro”aggressions are and how understanding them can help us to create more inclusive environments. We will also learn ways to address them in everyday interpersonal situations.
Register

January 21, 2022
10am to 12pm
Equity 101: 6 Conversations about Equity

We talk a lot about equity on campus but what do we really mean? Do we have the same understanding? How does it relate to our everyday lives here on campus? What is it missing? This workshop explores these questions while also creating a space for us to think about what commitments we can make around continuing to learn more while putting what we have learned into action.
Register

January 26, 2022
2pm to 4pm
Introduction to Anti-Oppressive Practices

Anti-Oppressive Practices (AOP) is a framework for being in action against systemic-oppression to create change. It has wide use in many professional areas. This workshop starts by considering how systemic-oppression works in everyday life specifically in the areas that we study and work. AOP is then introduced with space to reflect on how we can take it into our studies, professional practices and personal lives. Research and practice done in Canada is featured.
Register

January 28, 2022
1pm to 3pm
Distinctions Between Indigenous & Equity Frameworks

Where solidarity can sometimes be found, understanding that Indigenous and equity frameworks are not the same thing is important. Join this session for a conversation focused on deepening all of our understanding together.
Register

 



2021 Toronto Black Policy Conference

The Canadian Black Policy Network is hosting the second Toronto Black Policy Conference. The virtual event takes place on Saturday, November 27th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. They have an amazing lineup of speakers and interesting panel topics, you won’t want to miss it! Further information and registration.

 

CIARS is proud to share their second Resource Guide!

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) has put together a resource guide to accompany the third CIARS in Conversation: Anti-Muslim Racism Beyond Islamophobia.

The resource guide provides various books, articles, videos, interviews, podcasts, webinars, reports, toolkits, and resources on the experiences of the Muslim communities in Canada and addressing its various intersectionalities. The guide focuses on the impacts of anti-Muslim racism and the compounding experiences of anti-Black racism and anti-Muslim racism. It is organized by the following chapters that highlight:

·   Understanding Islam and Muslim cultures.
·   Examining the historical and present-day manifestations of anti-Muslim racism.
·   Unpacking the compounding experiences of being Muslim and Black.

We hope that this serves as a tool for educators and other practitioners to engage in anti-racism work across school boards and communities.

Click here to access the Resource Guide.

 

Staff Announcement: Executive Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The Executive Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI), Karima Hashmani has accepted a fantastic new opportunity as the Chief Inclusion Officer at Metrolinx. It is with mixed feelings that I announce that Karima Hashmani has accepted a fantastic new opportunity as the Chief Inclusion Officer at Metrolinx…continue reading.

 

2022 Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize

Nominations are now open for the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize. This award recognizes positive and lasting contributions to education and action against discrimination by University of Toronto students, faculty, librarians, and staff. Through our partnership with the Division of University Advancement, this award is aligned with the University’s broader Awards of Excellence Program.

Any member of the University of Toronto community can nominate an individual for the award. There are two categories of the award:
• University of Toronto students or staff are eligible for the Emerging Leader, and
• University of Toronto faculty, librarians and staff are eligible for the Influential Leader.

All students, faculty, librarians and staff can nominate students, faculty, librarians or staff for one of the two categories of the award.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022.

 

Anti-Black Racism: U of T Spirit Singers Workshop

Monday November 8, 2021 | 7:10 pm – 8:00 pm | online

Melani DeMore is a Grammy nominated singer/composer, choral conductor, music director and vocal activist who believes in the power of voices raised together. In her own words, “A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you.” Participate in an engaging workshop with Melani. Singers and those who just like to sing in the shower are welcome!

For details and registration, please visit the following link.

 

ARCDO Welcomes Back the U of T Community

The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) welcomes back the University community for the 2021-2022 academic year. We have been preparing for Fall and are excited to share updates and details of some of our upcoming programming. Continue reading.

 

Resource Highlight – National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism 2021

With over 2100 participants and 121 panelists from across Canada, the National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism held in June 2021 identified a broad range of ways to eliminate anti-Asian racism in all its forms. The Forum team, Steering Committee and collaborating partners have been working throughout the summer to summarize these important discussions and invites community members to visit the Forum website to access the Final Report and view recordings from the event.

 

Reading Muslims – Reflections on #OurLondonFamily

A special compilation of written reflections on the horrific murders of the Afzaal family that took place in London, Ontario in June 2021. — Reading Muslims is a multi- and interdisciplinary project at the institute of Islamic studies that re-examines the place of textuality in Islamic studies. https://readingmuslims.ca — The Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) at the University of Toronto offers a unique, multi-perspective view of Canadian society through the advanced study of Islam and Muslims. The IIS brings together academics from across disciplines to collaborate on research projects that fill critical gaps in our understanding of Islam and Muslims in Canada and beyond. The projects study and respond to issues across social, political, academic, and cultural sectors. … Continue reading

 

Upcoming Mini-Course for Incoming Students at U of T: Foundations for University Learning

Join Student Life- Academic Success for a 4-part mini course that explores what university learning is like and how to build your foundation for academic success at U of T.

In this course series, students will:

  • Explore your purpose, motivation, and strengths as a learner.
  • Activate your curiosity for better critical thinking.
  • Understand the science and practice of learning to study more effectively.
  • Enhance your academic resourcefulness.

The sessions will be run virtually. Register for one, two, three, or all sessions on CLNx via the links embedded below:

Find out more information at: uoft.me/learningfoundations

Foundations for University Learning complements other transition programs like the University Prep Workshops.

 


 


ARCDO Celebrates Black History Month 2021!

The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) invites you to join us for our upcoming programming for Black History Month. ARCDO is proud to bring to the University of Toronto community two events in February 2021. … Continue reading

 

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Islamic Heritage Month

In recognition of Islamic Heritage Month, check out this great article from the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS). … Continue reading

 

Message from Jodie Glean – Staff Announcement: Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office

I am very pleased to share the news that the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office has two new Program Coordinators, Natasha Prashad and Aamer Esmail. … Continue reading

 

Message from the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre – online group healing spaces

In light of current events surrounding anti-Black racism, community mobilizations, and racial tragedies across Turtle Island, the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre at the University of Toronto, would like to extend their support and solidarity to Black faculty, students, staff, and librarians at U of T.

We recognize that Black members of the university have been continuously and generationally subjected to anti-black violence and its trauma, and folks are hurting more due to the recent events. With that said, please know that we continue to support survivors of sexual violence, with an intersectional, trauma-informed, and anti-racist, anti-oppressive framework. We will actively work to centre the lived experiences of Black survivors of sexual violence in our work while ensuring to hold space for those who live at the intersections of Indigenous, queer, trans, and disabled identities.

Throughout the month of July 2020, the Centre will be hosting a series of online group healing spaces open to UofT students, staff and faculty who identify as Black. We are also offering group healing sessions open to UofT students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour.

If you would like to connect with the centre, please send an email to: svpscentre@utoronto.ca.

 

Message from the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office and Upcoming Initiatives

The staff at the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity office join in the expression of sadness, frustration and intense anger at the most recent events of racialized violence against Black lives. We know these conversations, protests and movements are not new in the centuries fight to end all forms of racism and it is critical we remain steadfast in upholding these discussions months and years after the media stops highlighting these most recent events. … Continue reading

 

In solidarity with U of T’s Black community Members

The events occurring in our city, the US and around the world are horrific and show that anti-Black racism as well as other forms of racism continue to be destructive, harmful and divisive. These events demonstrate the need for us to come together and combat the intersectional structural inequality that persists in our society.

 

Celebrating Pride Month at the University of Toronto

In June, the Division of Human Resources and Equity joins the University community in celebrating the achievements and experiences of the LGBTQ2S+ community. … Continue reading

 

Celebrating & Recognizing National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day at the University of Toronto

In 2009, following the passing of a unanimous motion the House of Commons, the month of June was declared National Indigenous History Month, while continuing to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day (since 1996) on June 21. The Division of Human Resources and Equity joins the University community in honouring the history, recognizing the present and celebrating the contributions and experiences of Indigenous Peoples. … Continue reading

 

Celebrating & Recognizing Asian Heritage Month at the University of Toronto

In May, during Asian Heritage Month, the Division of Human Resources & Equity joins the University community in celebrating and recognizing the contributions of Canadians of Asian descent. Read more here.

 

Black History Month Initiative Submissions

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office in the Division of HR & Equity in partnership with U of T’s Black History 365 Committee would like to compile a list of all the events, campaigns and initiatives planned across U of T’s three campuses that recognize and honour Black History events in the month of February. We will be launching an online calendar to showcase Black History initiatives and would be grateful to receive details about any related initiative at the University of Toronto.

Learn more about how you can participate

 

Resiliency Through Adversities

On Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm join UTM’s Equity & Diversity Office in partnership with UTM Connections and Conversations, Centre for Student Engagement and UTM Career Centre for their first annual Black History Month Event, Resiliency through Adversities with keynote address from Jodie Glean, Director, Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office followed by round table discussions between  Black professionals from various careers, providing tips & strategies for thriving in academia and the workplace.

  • Learn from Black professionals from various fields regarding their experiences, hardships & triumphs
  • Discover tools and strategies to navigate racialized micro-aggressions in the workplace and academia through story-telling and sharing
  • A space for networking and mentorship opportunities between professionals and student attendees.

U of T students please see the following link to Register

Non-University of Toronto students/external community member please see the following link to Register

 

Diversity Dialogue Event: How Do We Talk About Race?

On Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 5:30 pm the Faculty of Medicine’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity Office in partnership with U of T Sport and Recreation will be hosting a Diversity Dialogue Event: How Do We Talk About Race?

Featuring presentations, a panel discussion and community dialogue, this event will provide health care practitioners, learners, researchers and staff with tools and frameworks to discuss race. In order to achieve cultural safety and inclusion in health care services, research and education, it is vital to understand how race, power and privilege operate in these spaces. Panelists will explore the topics of systemic racism and the process of racialization as they relate to health inequities and learner experiences.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. This event is open to all Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education learners, staff and faculty, external partners, which include the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) and community organizations, as well as the wider U of T community.

Registration: 5:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Presentations and Panel: 5:45 pm – 8 pm
Reception: 8 pm – 9 pm

Location: Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, East Common Room

Please see the following link to Register.

This event will also be live streamed.

 

Anti-Islamophobia Training for Staff

Staff are invited to attend the following workshop: Understanding Islamophobia on Campus: Anti-Islamophobia Training for Staff on December 4, 2019 from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Centre for Learning Leadership & Culture (LLC, formerly ODLC), 215 Huron Street, Room 610.

Participants will hear from the facilitator, Aasiyah Khan, who has been working with the Canadian Federation of Students to address Islamophobia on post-secondary campuses.

The workshop will focus on:

  • Understanding Islamophobia
  • Understanding student experience in classrooms and on university campuses across Canada with Islamophobic incidences.
  • Learning how to best support students when they ask for assistance, resources, etc.

Please see the following link to Register.

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Upcoming EDO events at UTM:  Anti-“O” Convos: Hot Topics – November 13 & 14

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 12 pm to 1:30 pmBuilding a Culture of Consent
University of Toronto Mississauga, Davis Building (DV 3129), 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6
Facilitated by the Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre
Lunch will be provided and space is limited, therefore registration for this session is greatly appreciated:
bit.ly/AntiO-SVPSC

Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 12 pm to 1:30 pmFaith, Spirituality, & Mental Health
University of Toronto Mississauga, Spigel Hall, Davis Building (DV 1102), 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6
Partnership with UTM Interfaith, Equity & Diversity Office, Hart House, and Multi-Faith Centre.
Lunch will be provided and space is limited, therefore registration for this session is greatly appreciated:
bit.ly/2PjfuQZ

 

Shadeism Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion

On Thursday October 24th at 5pm, UTM’s Equity and Diversity Office in partnership with the following stakeholders: UTM’s Connections & Conversations, the Centre for South Asian Civilizations, the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, the Department of Historical Studies and UTM’s International Education Centre, will be hosting Shadeism: Digging Deeper, a documentary screening and panel discussion with film director, V.T Nayani, and the following panelists:

  • Ken Derry, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, History of Religion
  • Jordache Ellapen, Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies
  • Bhajan Gill, Student, Equity & Diversity Office Programming Assistant
  • Carae Henry, Student, Residence Don
  • Jed Kuhn, Assistant Professor (LTA) History/Women and Gender Studies
  • Rebeca Mahadeo, Staff, Student Development Coordinator, Intercultural Programs

To RSVP and for more details about the event, please go to the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shadeism-digging-deeper-tickets-72966138685

 

Karima Hashmani is the new Executive Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion!

View the Staff Announcement.

 

UTM Office Hours

Did you Know ARCDO will be holding monthly office hours at UTM? See the schedule below!

Room 224, Academic Annex, UTM
9am – 5pm

    1. September 9, 2019
    2. October 21, 2019
    3. November 18, 2019
    4. January 20, 2020
    5. February 24, 2020
    6. March 30, 2020
    7. April 27, 2020
    NOTE: ARCDO is in the process of coordinating office hours at UTSC. Further details coming soon.