Observance of the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will open the University of Windsor’s inaugural Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID) Week, March 21 to 26.
Charmaine Nelson, founding director of the Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery at NSCAD University, will present a webinar entitled “The Precariousness of Freedom: Slave Resistance as Experience, Process, and Representation” at 1 p.m. Monday, March 21. Preceding her talk, English major Victoria Hecnar will read a piece on Indigeneity to commemorate World Poetry Day.
Tuesday, March 22, is designated “Accessibility Awareness Day.” David Robbins-Singh and Dane Macri will lead a session on “Disability and Intersectionality” at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 23, will see three events: law professor Beverly Jacobs, senior advisor to the president on Indigenous relations and outreach, will discuss “What does it mean to Indigenize the University of Windsor?” at 10:30 a.m. Fardovza Kusow and Hussein Samhat will launch the student-led Belonging, Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (BIDE) Institute at 1 p.m. And the first event in the institute’s speaker series will present John Elliot and Amina Abdulle on “Cultural Awareness and Belonging” at 5 p.m.
Awareness of sexual violence and 2SLGBTQIA++ issues is the theme for Thursday, March 24. At 11 a.m., Anne Rudzinski, sexual misconduct response and prevention officer, will conduct training in disclosure. Michael Godfrey, a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Science, will give a presentation entitled “Close Doesn’t Count: The Academic Climate for LGBTQ2S+ Students in STEM” at 1 p.m.
Friday, March 25, is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Isaac Saney, director of the Transition Year Program at Dalhousie University, will speak on “Remembrance, Revelation, and Reparation: The Trans-Atlantic Slave System and Its Afterlife” at 11 a.m.
The week’s activities will conclude Saturday, March 26, with the webinar “A Fluid Frontier: Detroit River Regional Stories of Slavery, Resistance and the Underground Railroad,” hosted by the Essex County Black Historical Research Society starting at 9:30 a.m.
Find more information on all these events, including registration details, on the EDID Week website.