EDID wekk graphicToday’s EDID Week activities include discussions of accessible educational content, Asian heritage, and eliminating racial discrimination.

Sessions to explore accessibility, diversity, racial equity

The University of Windsor’s second annual Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID) Week continues today with discussions of accessible educational content, Asian heritage, and eliminating racial discrimination.

Learning specialists Mark Lubrick and Lorie Stolarchuk will demonstrate how to create accessible content in the Brightspace learning management system. Their 11:30 a.m. session, entitled “Quick tips for making your Brightspace site more accessible,” is offered in partnership with the University of Windsor's  Office of Human Rights, Equity, and Accessibility's 10th Annual Accessibility Awareness Days. Register to attend on MS Teams.

The panel discussion “Celebrating Asian heritage for an equitable diverse inclusive learning community” will feature UWindsor faculty members Edward Venzon Cruz, Jane Ku, Grace Liu, Naved Bakali, Shijing Xu, and Chenkai Chi sharing their first-hand working experiences with students and communities of Asian backgrounds at 1 p.m. Register to attend on MS Teams.

Natalie Delia Deckard, professor of criminology and director of the Black Studies Institute, outlines the landscape of racial discrimination in Canadian higher education before detailing best practices for eliminating racism as part of the hidden curriculum of university life in her presentation “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.

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In a message issued to mark the occasion, Clinton Beckford, UWindsor acting vice-president for equity, diversity, and inclusion, called for a commitment to personal and collective action to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

“Let us resolve to making our campus a truly safe and inclusive place to learn and work,” he wrote. “Let us end all forms of racism on our campus now.”

Read the entire message.

Tomorrow’s EDID Week events include:

  • A trivia competition run by Black student support co-ordinator Kaitlyn Ellsworth and Lancer leadership ambassador Linda Nguyen from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Alumni Auditorium, CAW Student Centre. UWindsor students could win $100 on their UWin cards.
  • Beverly Jacobs, senior advisor to the president on Indigenous relations and outreach and Indigenous human rights monitor for the Mohawk Institute Survivors' Secretariat, discussing “Monitoring the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Auditorium and online; join the presentation here.
  • At 3 p.m., a panel discussion with UWindsor students about their lived experiences being Muslim on campus and their perceptions about the presence of Islamophobia at the institution. Register to attend on MS Teams.

EDID Week activities continue through Friday, March 24. Find details on the EDID Week website.