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Equity and Diversity Committee

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Terms of Reference

​The 2019-20 Committee:

 

Members: 

  • Annette Demers, co-Chair. (Student co-Chair vacant)
  • ​Francine Herlehy, Assistant Dean (Student Services)
  • David Tanovich, Faculty Rep
  • Sue Arnold, Staff Rep
  • Yousef Aly, LLM Rep
  • Kyle Militello and Taneeta Doma, 3L Reps
  • David Pitawanakwat and Winta T-Michael, 2L Dual Reps
  • Taiwo Onabolu, Sheldon Leung, Ashley Harripersad, 2L Reps
  • Abir Hassan, 1L MSW Rep
  • Aybgail Cross, Sarafina Bonsu-Akoto, Joshua Vetere, 1L Reps

A Message from Past Student Representative Kayla Smith: 

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Recipient Biographies:

Fatima Ahmed is a first generation Pakistani-Canadian currently in her third year at Windsor Law. She identifies as a writer and activist on top of being a legal advocate. Her legal interests include social justice, refugee law, human rights law as well as advocating for intersectional feminist approaches. As a writer, Fatima has worked on various academic and non-academic pieces advocating for issues concerning women of colour, cultural critique, and feminist legal reforms. Furthermore, during her career at Windsor Law, she founded the Women of Colour Legal Alliance of Windsor, a student organization that focuses on supporting and bolstering the voices of women of colour in the legal field and beyond. She has also been involved with clubs such as Women and the Law, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, as well as Muslims Legal Association of Windsor. She identifies as a lifelong volunteer, having volunteered with organizations such as the Welcome Shelter, Nisa Homes and the Bystander Initiative here in Windsor.  In her free time, she greatly enjoys reading, painting and copious amounts of tea-drinking.

Josh Lamers is this year’s Afrofest Coordinator for the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance. Josh is a first-year law student, with his Master and Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. In the capacity of social worker, activist, community organizer, and scholar Josh focuses on the intersections of Blackness, Disability and madness, child welfare survivorship/abolition, and Queer/Trans* identity. Josh is one of the co-founders of the Black Liberation Collective-Ryerson, a collective of Black students attached to a larger movement of Black liberation work within post-secondary institutions, where the work is challenging anti-Black racism in its many forms and to curate safer spaces for Black students, staff, and faculty. Alongside the other organizers within BLC-Ryerson, Josh’s activist work brought about several systemic and tangible changes for Black students on Ryerson’s campus such as 8 renewable scholarships for Black students, an anti-Black racism climate review, a Black student space, and funding for Black student initiatives. His organizing also addressed over-policing on campus, ending Ryerson University’s attempted Toronto Police Services partnership. In November 2018, in response to the dubbed Doug Ford anti-Activist Gag Order Directive (a.k.a Freedom of Speech Directive), Josh lead students in effectively organizing resulting in Ryerson University being the only campus to not openly distance itself from the directive. As a child welfare survivor, much of Josh’s scholarly work and systemic organizing focuses on abolishing the system currently in place. His research titled From Topic and Evidence to Architect: The Development of Black Diasporic Interpretive Phenomenology and the Resistive Strategies of Black Child Welfare Survivors, received the Graduate Writers Award. He is also co-founder of the Collective of Child Welfare Survivors, a group that focuses on reimagining how to address families and child welfare. This included the December 2018 12 minutes shutdown of Queen and Bay street in Toronto in response to Doug Ford shutting down the Office of the Ontario Child Advocate. The 12 minutes were to commemorate the 12 youth who died while placed in child welfare that year. Josh has worked at several organizations, such as the Office of the Ontario Child Advocate, Resource Movement, Cross Over Youth, the Voyager Project, and Planned Parenthood. As Josh shifts into the field of law, his goal is to truly disrupt the understanding of what the law is and can do for Black life and other marginalized communities from a rigorous and sustained stance within the Black radical tradition, Black feminisms, and decolonial paradigms.

Karly is a third-year law student at the University of Windsor originally from the Niagara Region. Before returning to law school, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in History and Art History at Syracuse University and a Masters of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. Karly worked extensively with Community Legal Aid her first and second year of law school and summered at the Ministry of Labour where she will be articling after graduation.

Jillian Rogin (BA Hons, Trent University), (MES, York University), (LLB University of Windsor), LLM (Osgoode Hall, York University) is an Assistant (Clinic) Professor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. Prior to her appointment in 2017, she was duty counsel (criminal) and then worked as a Review Counsel at Community Legal Aid (CLA), a SLASS clinic in the Windsor-Essex region. She teaches criminal procedure and clinic law and her research interests include judicial interim release, evidentiary issues in sexual assault law, feminist/critical race/post-colonial theory, and legal ethics. She and her partner Andrew are the proud parents of a vivacious three-year old.

Tasha Stansbury has been a dedicated activist since her teen years. She completed her Honours BA at the University of Toronto in Equity Studies. Tasha continued her advocacy work throughout law school, volunteering at various legal clinics throughout her degree. She took a leading role in founding PBSC Windsor’s Trans ID Clinic in partnership with Windsor-Essex Transgender and Allied Support; chaired, directed, and performed in The Vagina Monologues to fundraise for the Windsor-Essex Sexual Assault Crisis Centre in 2019 and 2020; was the Student Program Coordinator for the Windsor Law Peer Mentorship Program; and held executive member positions on several social justice-oriented clubs throughout her time at law school, including Level Justice, OUTlaws, and the Women of Colour Legal Alliance of Windsor. Tasha has many passions and wishes she could pursue all of them; she is currently focusing her energy on pursuing an LLM on the subject of climate refugees. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandate:

Windsor Law Equity and Diversity Committee Mandate

 

Reports:

Windsor Law EDC, "Submissions on Consultation Paper on Racialized Licensees - Report to the Law Society of Upper Canada" (March 15 2015)

2018 Multicultural Calendar 

The University of Windsor’s guidelines and forms for observances of religious holidays/obligations for both employees and students can be found at http://www.uwindsor.ca/ohrea/religious-accommodation

 

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