February 2018 Newsletter

IDERD Award Nomination Deadline Extended to February 2nd 2018, 11:59pm

Who / What can be nominated for the IDERD recognition?

  • Nominations are welcome for individuals, projects, programs, and activities.
  • Initiatives can vary from direct work on race, racism and antiracism, to indirect work where race, racism and antiracism is specifically addressed as part of a broader focus on creating open spaces to foster racial equity, inclusivity and cultural diversity.
  • Self-nominations are also permitted.
  • You do not have to be involved in the project you are nominating for the IDERD recognition & profile, but it is important to inform the individual or project that you are nominating them and to obtain their consent. You may also need their assistance in completing the form.

Please download and submit nomination forms.

2018 IDERD Conference Call for Abstracts

The Conference will address the theme, “Anti-Racism Change in Postsecondary Institutions: Resistance, Assessment, Measurement, and Accountability.” We invite abstracts for papers, workshops, video and poetry performances, and other artistic forms of activism that address the above goals and themes, which will be selected for presentation at a workshop or poster session. We are particularly open to dialogic forms of presenting information and inviting discussion and exchange of ideas. Deadline: All abstracts are due February 17, 2018.

Download the Abstract Application Form

Campus Events


#BlackOnCampusUofT: The Campaign, Combatting Anti-Black Racism

Last November, the U of T Black Students’ Association (BSA), Black Liberation Collective (BLC) and (National Society of Black Engineers) NSBE staged a Town Hall to bring awareness to anti-black racism on campus and demand support and change from the institution.

One of our demands has been met, while the rest are under works. We have been given support for a campaign against anti-black racism. This Wednesday we will get together with the community to create the content for this campaign and to make bridges with projects already underway in the community.

We ask that you come out, share your experiences being#BlackOnCampusUofT and bridge your connections with ours in making this a full scale community endeavour with lasting impact!!!

TIME: 5:30 – 7 PM AND 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/1521642644621190/

Faculty of Social Work Black History Month Movie Screening

FIFSW Proudly Presents: NINTH FLOOR (2015 National Film Board of Canada)

Documentary film written and directed by Mina Shum about the 1969 student-led occupation to protest racism at a Montreal university

Monday, February 5th 2018
Faculty of Social Work (246 Bloor Street West)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Room 320, Student Lounge

RSVP https://ninthfloor.eventbrite.ca
Join us for snacks!

UT Chinese New Year Celebration Concert

UTChinese New Year Concert is a charity concert that celebrates the coexistence of different cultures all over the world. By bringing together musicians of various cultural backgrounds, our concert aims to tune music into the language that would break the boundaries among nations, races and religions. Over the past 11 years, UTChinese Network has raised $64,281 to help hundreds of children with their health and education by donating to UNICEF.

This year, the concert features an unprecedentedly strong and diverse portfolio of performers. To name a few, we have: Steinway Artist and Chopin finalist Leonard Gilbert, Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra honorary life member and Hungarian Silver Cross holder Nandor Farkas, U of T Faculty of Music professor and Order of Canada recipient Joseph Macerollo, as well as the chamber players from the celebrated Toronto Chinese Orchestra.

Facebook Event Page https://m.facebook.com/events/158724461439911

The Gender, Diversity, and Public Policy Initiative Presents: Decolonizing Education

A Black History Month Roundtable exploring policy issues affecting inclusion in academia: where we are now and where we need to go.

Guest Speakers:

  • Professor Rinaldo Walcott, Director of the Women & Gender Studies Institute & Chair of Black Faculty Recruitment and Retention Working Group, University of Toronto
  • Huda Hassan, activist and PhD Candidate at the Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Canadiana Gallery
14 Queens Park Crescent W
Room CG 160

Reserve your tickets on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gdpp-presents-decolonizing-education-tickets-42529795764

Job Opportunity: Soar Indigenous Youth Gathering 2018 On-Site Coordinator

The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto is excited to announce the 2018 Soar Indigenous Youth Gathering! This 5-day, March Break program (March 12th 2018 – March 16th 2018) invites a total of 20 Indigenous high school students from across Ontario to the University to participate in creative workshops and teachings, recreational fun (such as lacrosse, volleyball, yoga and more), leadership activities, outings to Toronto attractions, and more! Participants will have the opportunity to connect with the Indigenous community on campus, discover the services available to them, and discover what their post-secondary experience could look like.

The Soar program would not be possible without the help of dedicated On-Site Coordinators. The Faculty is looking to hire on-site coordinators for the 2018 Soar Indigenous Youth Gathering

Use link below to apply https://kpe.utoronto.ca/about/jobs-kpe/student-jobs/job-listing


UTMSU Presents: Black History Month 2018

As Black History Month Approaches we want you to mark your calendar with a list of wonderful educational and entertaining events. These events are catered for our community on campus and everyone is welcome.

There will be FREE food and giveaways provided at each event.

Feb 5th: Opening Ceremony Presentation Room 5 pm – 7 pm✔
Feb 6th: Blackness & Policing Presentation Room 5 pm – 7 pm✔
Feb 7, 13, 15, 28: Buy Black Feb. 8th: Blackness & Mental Health Presentation Room 6 pm – 8 pm✔
Feb 15th: BHM PUB w Special Guests: Smoke Dawg & Puffy L’z Feb 16th: BAMN
Feb 26th: Black in the Ummah Presentation Room 6 pm – 8 pm✔
Feb 28th: A Taste of the Diaspora (The KickBack: Closing Ceremony) BL PUB

Event details can be found https://www.facebook.com/events/1977908632476423/?active_tab=about


In collaboration with Hart House, Department of Student Life and Intergeneracial: From Their Lips

Intergeneracial is a Black youth oral history theatre project that gathers stories from Black elders and brings them to life through a series of theatre workshops with Black youth.

This project creates connections between the young and the old, providing profound meaning in the present. Using the spheres of theatre, storytelling, arts, civic participation and education, this project provides an opportunity for diverse and underrepresented post-secondary students to see themselves and their ancestors reflected through From Their Lips.

The model for the production is based on empowering the youth who are involved, creating impact that extends across generations, as well as between performer and audience.

Thursday, February 8th 2018
Catalyst Centre (EV-151&152)
6 pm – 9 pm Students can sign up at the following link: https://cln.utoronto.ca/publicEventsController.htm?eventId=10771

External Community Events

(If you wish to request that your event be included in our monthly newsletter, please submit requests to antiracism@utoronto.ca at least one week prior to the beginning of the new month.)


What is the Black Canadian presence and history in our country? Explore these ideas, and the issues of belonging, in the ROM original exhibition, Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, presented by TD Bank Group, through the contemporary works of nine Canadian artists. Challenge yourself to think differently about the deep-rooted histories and enduring presence of Black Canadians, gain a new and multifaceted understanding of Canada, through these unique and visually compelling installations.


*The Rom is Free for Post Secondary Students on Tuesdays*

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