Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization (EDID) Week

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization (EDID) Week 2023

In 2022, the Office of the Vice-President Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion held the inaugural UWindsor Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID) Week, with events exploring Indigenization, remembrance of the victims of transatlantic slavery, resistance and the Underground Railroad, accessibility awareness, sexual violence prevention, 2SLGBTQQIA+ rights, and the ways that historic and ongoing marginalizations intersect.
The second annual EDID Week, beginning March 20, 2023, continues this work, uplifting efforts to challenge oppression as well as acknowledging the ongoing and future work required toward building a more just campus, community, and world.

While anti-oppression and justice must be at the heart of everything we do at UWindsor, EDID Week provides an important opportunity to shine a spotlight on the diversity and strength of individuals and groups working to address injustice on campus and beyond. With over 12 events, both in-person and online, and featuring campus and local partners committed to advancing equity, 2023’s EDID Week is grounded in community and collaboration.

Join us for a week-long assortment of events!


Monday, March 20, 2023 

Dr. Naved Bakali

Understanding Islamophobia, Coloniality, and the War on Terror

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST (Virtual)

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Speaker: Dr. Naved Bakali 

The ‘War on Terror’ ushered in a new era of anti-Muslim bias and racism. Anti-Muslim racism, or Islamophobia, is influenced by local economies, power structures, and histories. However, the War on Terror, a conflict undefined by time and place, with a homogenized Muslim ‘Other’ framed as a perpetual enemy, has contributed towards a global Islamophobic narrative. This presentation and discussion explores the Islamophobic landscape of Canada and across the global North and South, revealing how localized histories, conflicts, and geopolitical realities have textured the ways Islamophobia manifests, as well as highlighting activism and resistance confronting it.

Photo of Professor Jillian Rogin and  Co-panelists include Professors Abigail Bakan and Sheryl Nestel

Antisemitism: Reflections on How to Name, Frame and Challenge

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST (Virtual)

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Speakers: Professors Jillian Rogin, Abigail Bakan and Sheryl Nestel

Antisemitism, its meaning, definition, and scope, is one of the most controversial debates of our times. With the rise of white nationalism internationally, and growing concern about human rights and anti-racism, issues associated with antisemitism have particularly impacted our university campus communities. The introduction of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, while claiming to address this, has also claimed a conflation of antisemitism with criticisms of the State of Israel. This panel discussion with Professors Abigail Bakan, Sheryl Nestel, and Jillian Rogin, outlines the contours of the debates about antisemitism focusing on the academic context.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 

Accessibility Awareness Day

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST (Virtual)

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Speakers: Mark Lubrick, Learning Specialist – Office of Open Learning; Lorie Stolarchuk – Office of Open Learning

Quick tips for making your Brightspace site more accessible

This session will demonstrate how to create accessible content using Brightspace’s text editor and utilize built-in accessibility checkers to identify issues to correct.  Further, this session will highlight how to handle accommodations such as extra time, or different submission dates in Brightspace.  Finally, we will demonstrate a new integrated tool called Panorama, which can provide users with several alternate format types for documents in Brightspace, in addition to offering instructors an accessibility checker for documents uploaded to course sites. 

This event is in partnership with the University of Windsor's  Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility's (OHREA)10th Annual Accessibility Awareness Days Event 2023.

Celebrating Asian Heritage for an equitable diverse inclusive learning community 

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST (Virtual)

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Speakers: Dr. Edward Venzon Cruz, Dr. Jane Ku, Dr. Grace Liu, Dr. Naved Bakali, Dr. Shijing Xu (facilitator), Dr. Chenkai Chi (chair)

This panel is to discuss why and how to celebrate Asian Heritage to contribute to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning community. The Panelists are faculty members from the University of Windsor who have direct contact and working experiences with students and communities of Asian backgrounds. They will share their first-hand working experiences in this regard.  

Natalie Delia Deckard

Eliminating Racial Discrimination in Public Institutions of Higher Education 

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST (Hybrid)

In Person & Virtual: Register Here 

Location: School of Creative Arts (SoCa) Armouries Performance Hall (353 Freedom Way, Windsor, ON N9A 3A7, Canada)

Speakers: Dr. Natalie Delia Deckard

Racialization is a function of time and place, and we can understand racism as the distillation of political, legal, social and institutional mechanisms through which some groups are empowered at the expense of the disempowerment of others. Racial discrimination is the instrument through which racism is perpetrated. When racial discrimination exists in public institutions of higher education, the universities charged with improving our society become spaces in which racism becomes inculcated in that society. The elimination of racial discrimination from universities is crucial to the achievement of racial equity more broadly – yet the goal remains elusive. In this discussion, Dr. Natalie Delia Deckard 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.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 

UWill Discover Collaboration: Kahoot Session

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST (In Person)

Location: CAW Student Centre Alumni Auditorium

Presenters: Kaitlyn Ellsworth (UWindsor's Black Student Support Coordinator) and Linda Nguyen (Lancer Leadership Ambassador and Outstanding Scholar)

Come participate in our trivia competition while learning about the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent! UWindsor students have the opportunity to win $100 on their UWin Card.

This event is in partnership with the University of Windsor's UWill Discover Sustainable Futures. Sign up for all UWill Discover events here.

Please note that Dr. Jacobs' event on March 22 has been cancelled.


UWill Discover Collaboration: Monitoring the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST (Hybrid)

In Person Location: CAW Student Centre Alumni Auditorium

Speakers: Dr. Beverly Jacobs

Dr. Beverly Jacobs, Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Bear Clan, CM, LLB, LLM, PhD, is the appointed Indigenous Human Rights Monitor for the Mohawk Institute Survivors' Secretariat. The Survivors' Secretariat was established in 2021 to organize and support efforts to discover, document, and share the truth about what happened at the Mohawk Institute during its 136 years of operation. The Secretariat will be coordinating protocols and processes in the death investigation, gathering statements, conducting historical research, supporting commemoration initiatives, and coordinating with impacted communities. In this session, participants will learn about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its relevance to the people of Turtle Island. 

This event is in partnership with the University of Windsor's UWill Discover Sustainable Futures. Sign up for all UWill Discover events here.

The Muslim Experience at UWindsor

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST (Virtual)

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Facilitator: Fatima Fakih

Panelists: Zeinab Taleb, Aisha Aderinto, Ronnie Haidar, and Binazir Haidari

This panel discussion will engage a diverse group of Muslim students from the University of Windsor in dialogue about their lived experiences being Muslim on campus and their perceptions about the presence of Islamophobia at our institution. The discussion aims to inform members of our campus community, including faculty and students, about the unique and often hidden realities of their Muslim students and peers. 

Thursday, March 23, 2023 

Campus-Based Sexual Assault Prevention: Prevent, Resist, & Support

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST (Virtual

Speaker: Anne Rudzinski

Sexual assault is a well-recognized social problem on post-secondary campuses. Sexual violence is prevalent and takes many forms, and the culture surrounding it takes time to change. How do we prevent sexual violence on our campus? How can we best support our students when sexual violence has happened? Join us for an hour-long presentation on our comprehensive strategy for addressing campus-based sexual violence, Prevent. Resist. Support., followed by Q&A.

BIDE Wellness Lounge Launch

Between 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST (In Person Drop In)

Facilitators: The Belonging, Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (BIDE) Institute

Location: Dillon Hall Main Corridor and Room 252

The second floor of Dillon Hall has an exciting new addition. The BIDE Institute has designed and furnished a space for students to use to escape the busy nature of a university. The Belonging Pillar engaged in a lot of feedback from students as to what they would like this space to look like and what supports will be available to them in this space, including a care cabinet. Join us for the grand reveal as we celebrate being one step closer to a safer and braver campus through pillar-specific activities, refreshments, and a BIDE Team meet and greet! No registration required.

BIDE Annual Speaker Series

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST (In Person)

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Location: School of Creative Arts (SoCa) Armouries Performance Hall (353 Freedom Way, Windsor, ON N9A 3A7, Canada)

Speakers: Sarah Mushtaq, Windsor Regional Hospital  

Irene Moore Davis, The Essex County Black Historical Research Society.

Join BIDE for their annual Speaker Series event featuring two new speakers. This year, BIDE is hosting an insightful discussion with Sarah Mushtaq of Windsor Regional Hospital and Irene Moore Davis of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society. Belonging, inclusivity, diversity, and equity have all played major roles in the professional lives of our speakers and shaped them into who they are today. The event will begin at 7:45 PM with an introduction from the BIDE Executive Directors over at the Performance Hall in the School of Creative Arts located at the Downtown Campus. BIDE will be providing transportation from the main campus to the downtown campus to those requesting such in the registration form.

Friday, March 24, 2023 

Helping the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community ‘Thrive’ 

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST (Virtual

Speaker: Ash O’Neil (she/they), Joyceln Lorito (she/her), Anne Rudzinski (she/her)

Recommended Reading: Institutional Report (Thriving on Campus)

The University of Windsor welcomes students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds and intersectional identities from all over the world. As we venture to improve our efforts toward equity and inclusion, the UWinPride Committee has been working to support our 2SLGBTQIA+ community, which includes collaborative efforts through the ‘Thriving on Campus’ Campaign (‘Thrive’) to address multiple calls to action for Ontario Universities. This session will engage you with what we have learned, provide an opportunity for discussion, and prompt you to think about your role in creating a just, equitable, and inclusive environment for ALL on our campus. 

Migrant Worker Health Care in Windsor-Essex County 

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST (Virtual)

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Speaker: Aya El-Hashemi, Team 14: for Migrant Worker's Health (Equipo Catorce: for Migrant Worker Health

Migrant workers form the backbone of Canada’s agricultural industry, with more than 50,000 migrant agricultural workers hired annually that largely work in the Windsor-Essex region. Largely from Mexico, the Caribbean, Guatemala, Thailand and the Philippines, these workers are usually hired through the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) through temporary contracts with no direct route to permanent residency. With employment in a relatively high-risk industry and the temporary nature of their residency, treatment of workers with critical illnesses is often interrupted by the end of their contracts, with the majority unable to access the same standard of healthcare in their country of origin. Additionally, many refuse to seek initial treatment due to fear of losing employment. Our research aims to understand and prevent this outcome through a multifaceted approach. Through a mixed methods research platform, in which we perform a retrospective case analysis, interview critically ill migrant workers, and collaborate with the Mexican consulate we strive to determine the impact of this interruption on the continuity of care and discover barriers faced in accessing treatment. Through surveying healthcare professionals in the Windsor-Essex region, we aim to discover barriers faced by healthcare practitioners and potential avenues of policy change to better support their care. The ultimate objective of this project is to reform Canada’s policy on the continuation of care for migrant workers. By allowing continuity of care for these critically ill migrants, Canada can fulfill an ethical obligation to support these temporary workers who play a vital component in our society. 

Trivia Night with The Black Leadership & Excellence Program

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST (In Person)

Location: Katzman Lounge in Vanier Hall (Residence)

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Speaker: Brittney Ketwaroo, Confidence Norkplim Donkor, Christy Chizinga  

Trivia Night will be a fun game night activity for students to engage in the material surrounding Black history, life, public figures and culture! Topics include Black historical figures, Black Hair, famous Black Musicians, knowledge of facts surrounding African and Caribbean countries, and famous Black athletes. Snacks and drinks will be available for all students and prizes will be available for students who can answer the most amount of questions correctly. 

EDID Week Information:

Kayla Hurst 

(519) 990-0061