University of Windsor to convene a panel about the importance of representation in public institutional leadership

(Windsor, Ont., Monday, Feb. 6, 2023) ­­– The University of Windsor’s Interdisciplinary and Critical Studies in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is taking on the question of exclusion from public institutional leadership in a public panel discussion entitled "Crucial Voices: The Importance of Representation in Public Institutional Leadership” on Friday, Feb. 10, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the School of Creative Arts Armouries building (37 University Avenue East) and online.

“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. 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 panel will be moderated by Jane Ku, associate professor of women’s and gender studies and sociology at the University of Windsor, and panel participants include Natalie Delia Deckard, associate professor of criminology and director of the Black Studies Institute; Mita Williams, acting law librarian; Emanuelle 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.

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. The ramifications of these prejudices for a democracy will also be explored and is sure to provide for an informed and insightful conversation.

All members of the community are invited to attend this important discussion. Attendees can participate in person and via livestream. Those wishing to attend are asked to register via this registration form.

The discussion will benefit all those in Windsor-Essex and beyond, from those in the region concerned about their ability to fulsomely 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 how the University of Windsor plays a significant role in creating a more equitable and just city, region, nation and world.



Dr. Natalie Delia Deckard

Associate professor of criminology and Director of the Black Studies Institute

University of Windsor