Newsletter Archives — February 2015

What’s New for February 2015

February is Black History Month!

February marks a time for us in North America to remark and pay tribute to the ongoing contributions peoples of African descent make to our communities, cities, systems and society. Here at U of T, there are a number of opportunities for you to paint yourself a fuller picture of Canadian history and to engage in those critical conversations that for years, have led to the removal of systemic barriers and the further pursuit of anti-racism. How are you celebrating Black History Month this year?

February 2nd to 6th is Indigenous Education Week! #IEW2015

Each year, our colleagues over at First Nations House put together a thought-provoking and informative series of events for Indigenous Education Week. Find out more information about these events and how you can participate on their website:

The2015 U of T IDERD Communication Campaign & Award Recognition — Call for Nominees

IDERD 2015 Call for Nominees

The U of T IDERD Campaign & Award Recognition was launched in March 2012 in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The tri-campus communication campaign is implemented annually as a key part of the University’s ongoing effort to eliminate racial discrimination and advance anti-racism, throughout the University community.

Nomination forms can be submitted for either individuals or groups you feel are doing work that advances anti-racism in the University community and beyond.

Nomination forms available now on the ARCDO website.
The deadline for applications in February 9, 2015.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) was established by the United Nations in 1966 to commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960. It is observed every March 21st to bring the world community together to increase its efforts in the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination and racism (United Nations, Resolution 2142, XX1).


Are you a UTM student who uses or wants to use multi-faith space on campus?

Join us for a discussion on Tuesday, Feb 10th to talk about multi-faith space at UTM and how UTM students are living, expressing and practicing their faiths on campus.

Feb 10, 2015 – 4 pm to 6 pm
Location to be announced
Check our Facebook page for updates

All are welcome!

This discussion is a part of the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office’s Race & Faith Dialogues. This event is presented with partnership support from the Equity & Diversity Office at UTM, the UTM Interfaith Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union.

Sneaker Design ContestHashtags, Selfies and Ice-Buckets: The Myth of Slacktivism with Jennifer Hollett

Digital strategist Jennifer Hollett defines and dissects slacktivism in the 2015 Hancock Lecture.

Has traditional activism taken a back seat to trending topics, Facebook shares, online petitions and viral videos? These predominantly youth-driven campaigns are using technology in new and imaginative ways to attract new voices for causes and build formidable movements as they grow.

How has social media changed the way in which we understand activism? Are today’s youth a nation of everyday activists or dispassionate citizens who would rather mediate their involvement with the most urgent issues of today through technology? How does digital activism complement or empower traditional forms of activism such as protests, acts of civil disobedience and other interruptions geared at changing public policy and socio-political issues?

Social media activism encompasses a range of online engagement including hashtags, Facebook campaigns, and user-generated content pertaining to social issues and causes, and is often labelled and furthermore dismissed as slacktivism. This is often through a puritan, if not romantic lens of what is considered traditional activism. What would happen if we reject the notion of slacktivism, or better yet embrace it, to build engagement with some of the most pressing issues of our time?

When: Tues., Feb. 10, 2015, at 7 pm
Where: Hart House Theatre
Cost: Free Register online —

Reception to follow: Debates Room, Hart House
For more 2015 Hancock Lecture events and programming go to

Indigenous Education Week & Black History Month Events at U of T

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

Feb 5, 11 am, First Nations House (UTSG): Teaching of the Elders: A Teaching with Andrew Wesley.

Feb 5, 2 pm, First Nations House (UTSG): Indigenous Hip Hop and Performance as Resurgence with Karyn Recollet and Frank Waln.

Feb 5, 2 pm, OISE (UTSG): Drum Making Workshop with the Indigenous Education Network.

Feb 6, 11 am, First Nations House (UTSG): Red Skin, White Masks: Glen Coulthard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson in Conversation.

Feb 6, 1 pm, First Nations House (UTSG): Closing Lunch Presented by S.A.G.E. (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement).

Feb 6, 6 pm, Galbraith Building (UTSG): Movie Night — “Colour Me”. To kick off Black History Month, we will be watching the documentary Colour Me, followed by a short discussion at the end.

Feb 6, 6 pm, OISE (UTSG): Politics of Black History. The BSA will be kickstarting Black History Month by hosting a presentation as well as a discussion on the histories we know and the history we will write.

Feb 9, 12 pm, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (UTSG): “Remember Africville”  A short film screening & discussion on the history and legacy of Africville, Nova Scotia.

Feb 10, 12 pm, Student Centre (UTM): Buy Black. An opportunity to build community and support Black businesses.

Feb 10, 6 pm, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (UTSG): Keynote Panel Discussion  “Black History Month: Is It Still Relevant?”

Feb 11, 6 pm, Mist Theatre (UTM): Dreams and Nightmares. Open Mic Night.

Feb 12, 12 pm, CC Atrium (UTM): Art Show. A display of visual art by Black artists.

Feb 23, 5:30 pm, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (UTSG): Creative Arts in the Afro-Caribbean Community.

Feb 24, 5:30 pm, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (UTSG): Black Social Work Educators & Professionals: A Candid Discussion.

Feb 25, 6 pm, Student Centre (UTM): Movie Night.

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