Sandbox: Speaker Series

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office works with its University partners to host local and international experts, academics and advocates to increase dialogue and understanding of racial equity, diversity and inclusion in postsecondary environments. See the upcoming sessions listed below.

If you require accommodation, please email s.baig@utoronto.ca directly and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements. Live captioning will be available to all participants during the session.

 


 

January 13, 2022 - 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Intersectionality in Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in the University

Objectives

Over the past 18 months, universities have been called to address systemic barriers present within academia, and many faculties and departments are striving to answer the call. Essential to this planning is the centering of intersectionality within systems change.
With this session, we are aiming to:

    • Deepen understanding of the concept of intersectionality and how the intersection of oppressions manifest on an everyday basis in postsecondary environments.
    • Discuss what it means to take action on the concept of intersectionality in a tangible way in Equity, Inclusion and Belonging work.
    • Explore strategies that create opportunities to actualize the concept of intersectionality in systemic change work.

 

Speaker

Hae Yeon Choo, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto
Hae Yeon Choo
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Toronto

 

Hae Yeon Choo is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Stanford University Press, 2016). Her research on gender, intersectionality, citizenship, and urban sociology has appeared in Gender & Society, Sociological Theory, positions: asia critique, Urban Studies, and Sexualities. Her current book project examines social activism in contemporary South Korea as sites of emergent critical social theory and new political imagination. She has translated Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider and Patricia Hill Collins’s Black Feminist Thought into Korean.

 

Register

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

 


 

January 24, 2022 - 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Future of Campus Safety Through an Antiracism Lens

Objectives

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.

 

Speaker

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

 

Register

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

 


Past Events

 

2020-2021 Speaker Series | 2019-2020 Speaker Series