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Naved BakaliEducation professor Naved Bakali will open EDID Week with a March 20 presentation entitled “Understanding Islamophobia, Coloniality, and the War on Terror.”

Discussions of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism to open EDID Week

The University of Windsor’s second annual Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID) Week begins today with online discussions of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

Education professor Naved Bakali will present “Understanding Islamophobia, Coloniality, and the War on Terror” at 1 p.m. Dr. Bakali, co-editor of the book The Rise of Global Islamophobia in the War on Terror: Coloniality, Race, and Islam, will discuss how localized histories, conflicts, and geopolitical realities have shaped the ways Islamophobia manifests, highlighting activism and resistance confronting it. Register to attend on MS Teams.

Anti-Semitism, its meaning, definition, and scope is the subject of a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. In “Antisemitism: Reflections on How to Name, Frame, and Challenge,” panellists will outline the contours of the debates about anti-Semitism, focusing on the academic context. They are all members of the Jewish Faculty Network: Windsor law professor Jillian Rogin, and Abigail Bakan and Sheryl Nestel of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Register to attend on MS Teams.

Tomorrow’s EDID Week events include:

  • Mark Lubrick and Lorie Stolarchuk, learning specialists in the Office of Open Learning, presenting “Quick tips for making your Brightspace site more accessible” as part of Accessibility Awareness Days at 11:30 a.m. Register to attend on MS Teams.
  • UWindsor faculty members Edward Venzon Cruz, Jane Ku, Grace Liu, Naved Bakali, Shijing Xu, and Chenkai Chi discussing “Celebrating Asian Heritage for an equitable diverse inclusive learning community” at 1 p.m. Register to attend on MS Teams.
  • Natalie Delia Deckard, professor of criminology and director of the Black Studies Institute, presenting “Eliminating Racial Discrimination in Public Institutions of Higher Education” at 6 p.m. at the SoCA Armouries Performance Hall as well as on MS Teams. Register to attend in-person or online.

Presented by the Office of the Vice-President Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, EDID Week activities continue through Friday, March 24. Find details on the EDID Week website.

UWill Discover Sustainable FuturesMore than 200 students from across campus will make oral and poster presentations during the UWill Discover Sustainable Futures conference, March 21 to 24.

Student conference to chart sustainable future

More than 200 students from across campus will make oral and poster presentations during the UWill Discover Sustainable Futures conference, March 21 to 24.

The conference promises plenary sessions and a policy brief competition, with a theme of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The top presenters will be invited to a special celebration of excellence on March 31 at the Entrepreneur Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre).

“UWill Discover is about getting students at the front of the room, sharing their research work, their creative work, giving them an opportunity to share what they want the future to look like,” says project lead Tim Brunet of the Student Success and Leadership Centre.

Find a full agenda on the conference website.

Sign up to attend either online or in person.

Emmanuelle RichezPolitical science professor Emmanuelle Richez will discuss the role of the Court Challenges Program in constitutional change Thursday.

Court challenge program a tool for constitutional change: professor

The 1982 adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms ushered in a revolution as Canadians worked through the courts to put the document into practice. Central to this rights revolution was the Court Challenges Program, which gave ordinary citizens access to funding and legal expertise, says Emmanuelle Richez.

A professor of political science and the 2022-23 fellow of the Humanities Research Group, she will discuss the program in her lecture “The Court Challenges Program: A Powerful Tool for Constitutional Change in Canada,” on Thursday, March 23.

Dr. Richez is involved in several research projects examining law and politics in Canada, with a focus on official language rights, and is writing a book on the history and impact of the Court Challenges Program of Canada, where she serves as is a federally appointed member of its Official Languages Rights Expert Panel.

Thursday’s event is free and open to the public; it begins at 5 p.m. in the Performance Hall, SoCA Armouries, 37 University Ave. East.

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Update required to Windows devices

All devices using Outlook require an urgent update to Microsoft Windows to protect against a newly exploited, severe vulnerability.

Last week, Microsoft confirmed that a critical vulnerability was discovered and already exploited in the Outlook desktop app. The breach is triggered upon receipt of a malicious e-mail without the user having to open it or read in the preview pane, which is what makes it so dangerous.

To patch this vulnerability, the latest monthly security update for Windows must be installed as soon as possible on all Windows devices that have the Outlook desktop app. This update should install automatically on University administered devices, but you must reboot your device to complete the process.

To check if there are outstanding Windows updates for your computer:

  • Go to Windows Settings (click on the gear icon on the Start menu).
  • Click on Windows Update (Windows 11) or Update & Security - Windows Update (Windows 10).
  • Click on Check for updates and wait for results.
  • Select Download & install if there are any outstanding updates.
Windsor Hall, home to Continuing EducationContinuing Education is offering courses, workshops, and certificates designed to accommodate individuals with busy schedules.

Additional Continuing Education courses open for registration

Continuing Education is offering a variety of learning opportunities this spring designed to accommodate individuals with busy schedules. Open to the community, these courses, workshops, and certificate programs are available online and in evenings. See the Continuing Education website for course fees and up-to-date schedules.

Delivered in collaboration with University of Windsor’s Office of the Vice-President, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and supported by the Black Council of Windsor-Essex, The Fundamentals of Race and Anti-Black Racism is a foundational course that covers topics of race and anti-Black racism and its origins in Canada. Through engaging lectures, case studies, and group discussions, learners will develop an enhanced awareness of their own relationships to power, privilege, and oppression. UWindsor active employees are encouraged to register and can receive $100 off the course fee. Morning and evening sessions are available.

Project Management Essentials is delivered in partnership with Procept Associates, an authorized training partner of the Project Management Institute. As part of the Accelerated Project Management Certificate, the online course provides a hands-on journey through a project from initiation to closing, with special emphasis on initiation and planning. This six half-day course takes place Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, starting April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Comprised of self-paced modules and an in-person simulation, the Introduction to Critical Care program covers essential topics that provide health-care professionals with increased confidence in a critical care setting. Participants will practise real medical scenarios on high fidelity mannequins in a safe and controlled environment in a two and a half day in-person simulation. Participants are encouraged to register by April 4 to ensure self-paced modules are complete before attending the simulation.

The Arrhythmia & 12 Lead Interpretation online workshop starts April 25 and is designed for health-care professionals or senior nursing or medical students who already have a basic understanding of arrhythmia interpretation and wish to learn more about 12 Lead ECG interpretation. Three sections are open for registration. See website for full schedules.

Named an accredited training partner by the Council of Six Sigma Certification, Continuing Education is now offering a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification course that starts April 24. The 35-hour online course takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and instructor Nadir Jabur explains the value of this certification in a recent information session that can be viewed on the program webpage.

The Applied Leadership Program has recently added Stellantis as the industry project partner for the spring session. This partnership will provide the opportunity for current and aspiring leaders to hone skills and gain practical experience through case scenarios. Participants will have the opportunity to network with other industry professionals and make valuable connections. Class takes place in-person and starts April 20.

Knowledge in cybersecurity is in high demand across all organizations. The Certificate in Cybersecurity will cover the fundamental topics of threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities, the architecture and design of a system, effective implementation of security solutions, incident response and governance, and risk and compliance. Content of this certificate is mapped with the CompTIA Security + curriculum for those interested in pursuing the certification. Class takes place online on Wednesday evenings and starts May 10.

Select programs are eligible for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant and OSAP micro-credentials application. See individual course pages for details.

More courses are to be announced soon. To stay up-to-date with all upcoming Continuing Education programs, visit continue.uwindsor.ca.

UWindsor students, staff, and alumni are eligible for a discount on select courses. Email continue@uwindsor.ca for the exclusive discount code or for course inquiries.

Jordana GoodmanJordana Goodman will present “The Patent Equity Project” on Wednesday, March 22.

Seminar to explore patent equity

A seminar Wednesday, March 22, will discuss the importance of attribution, data showing the extent of diversity gaps in U.S. patent representation, and potential solutions to address these gaps.

Jordana Goodman, a lecturer at the Boston University School of Law and innovator in residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present “The Patent Equity Project” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in room 239, Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre. Remote attendance and recording options are also available.

Prof. Goodman's research focuses on gender and race equity issues in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, concentrating on intellectual property ownership and recognition as advancement tools for systemically under-represented people in STEM fields.

This seminar is hosted by the Law and Technology (LETC) Lab at Windsor Law. Find more information, including Goodman’s biography and registration details, on the lab’s website.

globe with India highlightedA lecture hosted by the International Student Centre on March 21 will provide an introduction to the culture of India.

Culture of India topic of presentation

International students, who have chosen the University of Windsor over other institutions around the world, merit a high level of support that can be offered only with an understanding of their cultures, says Romi Saraswat, an advising consultant at the International Student Centre.

She is the co-ordinator of the ISC Culture Series, intended to educate faculty and staff on the history, cuisines, languages, and common practices of regions from which the campus community is drawn.

The next event will highlight India; Chitra Rangan, associate dean of graduate studies, will present at noon Tuesday, March 21, in the centre on the second floor of Laurier Hall.

“We hope these presentations provide a taste of some of the many cultures that make up the University of Windsor community,” says ISC director Mike Houston. “Spend an hour with us and experience the rich diversity of our campus.”

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Steelcase cabinetThe University has declared a Steelcase cabinet for sale.

University offers metal cabinet for sale

The University has declared a Steelcase cabinet for sale by bid as Disposal File 1089.

The grey cabinet measures 30" wide, 23.5" deep, and 67" high, with three shelves and two drawers. Click here for details.