Willow KeyHistory student Willow Key will discuss McDougall Street Corridor in a free public presentation Wednesday, Feb. 8.

History student to recount stories of Windsor’s Black Mecca

A master’s student of history will discuss her work researching the community hub for Black families in Windsor in a free public presentation Wednesday.

In “Windsor’s Black Mecca: Recovering the Stories of the McDougall Street Corridor,” Willow Key will describe a project collecting memories of the neighbourhood, which was destroyed by postwar urban redevelopment.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Hole in the Wall room above the River Bookshop, 67 Richmond St., Amherstburg. RSVP here.

SoCA ArmouriesThe panel discussion “Crucial Voices: The Importance of Representation in Public Institutional Leadership” is set for the SoCA Armouries and online Friday, Feb. 10.

Panel to discuss representation in public institutional leadership

Interdisciplinary and Critical Studies programs in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are taking on the question of exclusion from public institutional leadership in a panel discussion entitled “Crucial Voices: The Importance of Representation in Public Institutional Leadership,” Friday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the School of Creative Arts Armouries building, 37 University Ave. East, and online.

The discussion will benefit all those in Windsor-Essex and beyond, says panellist Natalie Delia Deckard: from those concerned about their ability to participate in civic and political engagement, to potential students who want to learn more about how the University of Windsor cares about their futures as leaders, to others who have an interest in understanding the role the University plays in creating a more equitable and just city, region, nation, and world.

“This panel is a call to discussion and to action towards making all of our public institutions more reflective of the diversity of that public,” says Dr. Deckard, an associate professor of criminology and director of the Black Studies Institute. “We are public educators at a public institution of higher learning — and we understand how important that mandate is. I’m so excited to sit in an open and transparent discussion on this urgent topic. We owe it to the public that we serve.”

The discussion will present UWindsor’s faculty experts to examine key questions surrounding the impact of gender, class, migration status, language, race, and other attributes of community members that can exclude them from public institutional leadership and decision-making, as well as the ramifications of these prejudices for a democracy.

The panel will be moderated by Jane Ku, associate professor of women’s and gender studies and sociology, and participants besides Deckard include Mita Williams, acting law librarian; Emmanuelle Richez, associate professor of political science; Ronjon Paul Datta, associate professor of sociology; and Cheryl Collier, professor of political science and dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.

All members of the community are invited to attend in person or via livestream. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP here and let organizers know whether you are joining in person or online.

people bent over artworkA workshop at the Incubator Art Lab Studio will provide instruction in painting with algae.

Bio-art lab offering workshop in painting with algae

Want to paint with algae? Join the Incubator Art Lab Studio for its first free public workshop on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Learn more about algae: it’s the largest producer of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere, a superfood, a sustainable source of biofuel, and an invasive species infesting the Great Lakes.

The class is appropriate for those 16 years and older. Note: the studio does not recommend food or drink because of lab health and safety precautions. Learn more on the workshop webpage.

The event will run 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the studio, located at 144 University Ave. W. There are 24 seats available; register now.

student poses for photo with Trevor Georgie and Memorial CupMBA alum Trevor Georgie (centre) gave Odette students a chance to pose with the Memorial Cup as thanks for their work with Canadian Hockey League champion Saint John Sea Dogs.

Historic cup visits campus

When Trevor Georgie (MBA 2011) found himself in Ontario late last week and in temporary possession of the Canadian Hockey League’s ultimate prize, the Memorial Cup, he knew exactly who to share it with, even if it meant a long drive down the 401.

Georgie, president and general manager of the Saint John Sea Dogs, brought the historic trophy to the APEX MBA students who are currently paired with his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team. The students have completed the first phase of a season ticket marketing study in partnership with the franchise. The APEX program allows MBA students to develop skills and demonstrate abilities by providing real solutions to clients in the business world.

“Being alumni, I think it’s very important to be an ambassador of your program,” Georgie said. “I can remember in this very classroom when Richard Peddie came in to talk about his experience with Maple Leaf Sports. I decided that was my dream job, to run a sports franchise.”

Georgie joined the Sea Dogs in 2016.

The team claimed the 102nd Memorial Cup championship this past June while hosting the event in Saint John, New Brunswick.

For Georgie, the opportunity to claim the trophy has been not only a source of pride, but reflection.

“Ten years later, to be able to come back having won our ultimate goal, the Memorial Cup, and to bring it here and see students take photos with it is very special,” said Georgie. “Maybe this will spur someone sitting in this class to return and share their success and their motivation with the next group.”

Students petting a comfort dogThe organizers of Lancers Care Week activities invite feedback from participants.

Lancers Care Week organizers looking for feedback

Lancers Care Week 2023, Jan. 23 to 27, featured more than 30 events and activities to support campus mental health and well-being, presented by 40+ partnering organizations.

If you took part, organizers want to hear from you, says Katie Chauvin, mental health and wellness co-ordinator. To review the offerings that were provided during Lancers Care Week, click here.

“The feedback that we receive will help us shape our plans for future large-scale mental health initiatives,” Chauvin says. “We would like to hear from anyone who attended Lancers Care Week activities so that we can assess what worked well from a participant standpoint and how we can advance our future wellness offerings.”

Click here to access a brief feedback form.