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University's Diversity, Indigeneity, and Anti-Racism Professional Development Funds (Article U)

Apr 28, 2022

University's Diversity, Indigeneity, and Anti-Racism Professional Development Funds

During negotiations for the 2021 collective agreement renewal, the parties discussed their shared commitments to the ongoing work of justice, equity, Indigeneity, anti-oppression, and inclusion needed to promote anti-racist and decolonized frameworks in scholarship and teaching to advance the core principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

The Vice-President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (VP-EDI), in consultation with the President of the Faculty Association, and the Windsor University Faculty Association Racial Justice Committee, established a diverse working group to develop the framework that will guide the implementation of Article U. 

The University Diversity, Indigeneity, and Anti-Racism Professional Development Funds (PD Funds) provides one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) for professional development activities in research and teaching through the life of the current Collective Agreement 2022-2026. The University Diversity, Indigeneity, and Anti-Racism Professional Development Funds is comprised of two separate funds of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) each, one directed to scholarship and teaching in Indigeneity, and the other one directed to scholarship and teaching in anti-racist pedagogies. Funds are disbursed twice annually on March 15 and June 15.

Faculty, librarians, AAS, and sessional lecturers are eligible to apply for PD funds under Article U.

(*Sessional Instructors and those who aren't employed by the University of Windsor for the entirety of the grant term are not eligible.)

Each applicant may apply for up to $5,000.00. Awards of over $5,000.00 may be considered depending on the availability of funds. 

The deadline for the June 2022 disbursement is May 15th, 2022.

Applicants are asked not to submit paper copies.

Please obtain signatures (electronic signatures are acceptable) and submit by email with subject line: PD Funds Application June 2022. The review committee will consider applications from a variety of disciplines and seeks to allocate limited funds to applicants whose overall research/scholarly productivity are most likely to be enhanced.

Application submissions: vpedi@uwindsor.ca

Tags: EDI


Ramadan Mubarak

Apr 13, 2022


By Zainab Hussen


Ukraine: The Importance of International Law

Apr 13, 2022

On March 28th, Dr. Chile Eboe-Osuji delivered an informative presentation on the implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 


Alumni Feature: Dianne Bondy, Equitable Yoga & Justice

Apr 13, 2022

By Samalia Williams 
 


BLSA: The Black Revolution of Law School

Apr 13, 2022

By Lila Iriburiro Happy


 
BLSA Windsor members, photographer:  Crystal Bryan - Crystalized Moments 


Sexual Assault Awareness Day

Apr 13, 2022

By Afua Ohenewaa Amankwaah


Disability and Intersectionality

Apr 13, 2022

By Afua ohenewaa Amankwaah and Samalia Williams


What does it mean to "Indigenize" the University of Windsor?

Apr 13, 2022

Dr. Beverly Jacobs gave an insightful presentation on the work Indigenous students, staff and faculty have done to bring cultural awareness and safety to the University of Windsor. The webinar was titled, “What does it mean to ‘Indigenize’ the University of Windsor?” Dr. Jacobs explained her job as the Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Relations and Outreach at the University of Windsor. The presentation delves deep into why these changes to the University need to be made, and how to go about change. 


Distinguished Speaker Series #3 in Looking Beyond Taskforce Reports, Unconscious Bias Training, and Targeted Hirings Featuring Dr. Carl James

Mar 25, 2022


Distinguished Speaker Series #3 in Looking Beyond Taskforce Reports, Unconscious Bias Training, and Targeted Hirings Featuring Dr. Carl James

10 am EST on Friday, April 1, 2022 


Black Nursing in Windsor

Mar 10, 2022




By Afua Amankwaah


"Muslim Women Resist:" Ayesha Mian Akram's PhD Study

Mar 10, 2022

By Shayna Brissett-Foster and Lila Iriburiro Happy

Ayesha Mian Akram is a doctoral candidate at the University of Windsor’s Department of Sociology and Criminology. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Alberta, where she conducted a qualitative project to study how racism impacts the identity negotiations of Canadian-born Muslim women who practice hijab. Her research is rooted in the intersections of anti-racism studies, religion, gender, and subjectivity.


Quiz looking for answers to questions on women’s historic accomplishments

Mar 8, 2022

 

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Office of the VP Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are celebrating International Women’s Day with a quiz on women’s history. Up for grabs is a series of five posters by alumnus Robert Small (BA 1993) and a copy of the Inspirational Women Trivia Game, donated by professor emeritus Christina Simmons.


Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization (EDID) Week

Feb 24, 2022

 

The UN International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST (Virtual) 

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Speaker: Dr. Charmaine Nelson

The Precariousness of Freedom: Slave Resistance as Experience, Process, and Representation

Transatlantic Slavery “broke the world in half,” spanning more than four hundred years and causing cataclysmic ruptures of the social, political, cultural, and psychic contexts of vast populations. This race-based slavery solidified ideals of white superiority, legitimized the displacement of approximately 12 million Africans, and created the Black Diaspora. However, the enslaved did not submit meekly to their racial debasement and institutionalized brutality. For all the dimensions of slave owner control, the enslaved sought actively to maintain their dignity and humanity, and to seize their liberty. Therefore, in as much as slavery was marred by white oppression, it was also characterized by ongoing black resistance. Enslaved Africans often resisted through work slow-downs, feigning illness, damaging, or burning the slave owners’ property, and demanding the right to independently access economic markets. Working comparatively with examples of enslaver brutality and enslaved resistance from Canada, the USA, and tropical regions, this lecture explores the profound obstacles that the enslaved faced in securing their freedom and in resisting the everyday onslaughts of slavery.  

 Accessibility Awareness Day  11:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST (Virtual) 

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Speakers: David Robbins-Singh & Dane Macri 

Disability and Intersectionality

This session will explore lived experiences and provide insights into how we can become better allies to make our campus and community more inclusive.

This event is in partnership with the University of Windsor's  Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility's (OHREA) 9th Annual Accessibility Awareness Days - "Making UWindsor Accessible"

 

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST (Virtual)

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Speaker: Dr. Beverly Jacobs

Indigeneity (Title TBD)

Dr. Beverly Jacobs is the Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Relations and Outreach at the University of Windsor and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law. She held Associate Dean (Academic) and Acting Dean appointments in the Faculty of Law. She practices law part-time at her home community of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Her research focuses on Indigenous Legal Orders, Indigenous Wholistic Health, Indigenous Research Methodologies, and Decolonization of Eurocentric Law. Beverly has obtained a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Windsor in 1994, a Master of Law Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000 and a PhD from the University of Calgary in 2018.  Beverly is also a consultant/researcher/writer/public speaker.  Her work centres around ending gendered colonial violence against Indigenous people and restoring Indigenous laws, beliefs, values, and traditions. A prolific scholar, her published work has earned her numerous awards; her research combined with her advocacy has translated into national and international recognition. 

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST (Virtual)

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Speakers: Fardovza Kusow & Hussein Samhat  

Launch of Belonging, Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (BIDE) Institute

The new student-led & student-run EDI institute, BIDE, is excited to announce their launch & speaker series. You will have the opportunity to meet the team and see the work student leaders are doing on campus.

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST (In-Person)

Register Here 

Speakers: John Elliot and Amina Abdulle

BIDE Institute: Cultural Awareness & Belonging Speaker Series

 

Sexual Violence Awareness Day/ 2SLGBTQIA++ Awareness Day 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST (Virtual) 

Register Here  

Speaker: Anne Rudzinski

Disclosure Training (Title + Description TBD)

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST (Virtual) 

Register Here  

Speaker: Dr. Michael Godfrey

Close Doesn’t Count: The Academic Climate for LGBTQ2S+ Students in STEM 

Dr. Michael Godfrey is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow within the Faculty of Science where he conducts research studies to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM-related fields. To date, his studies have focused on improving the academic climate for students who belong to the LGBTQ2S+ community and better understanding the effects of ethnic diversity (or lack thereof) on the persistence of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) students. Prior to joining the University of Windsor in June 2020, Michael completed his PhD at Wilfrid Laurier University. His dissertation examined how cultural diversity influenced both group (e.g., team unity) and individual (e.g., satisfaction) outcomes in team sport contexts.

In this presentation, Dr. Godfrey will share the findings from his recent study that aimed to better understand how the academic climate in STEM disciplines influences the experiences of students who belong to the LGBTQ2S+ community. He will begin the presentation by discussing the positive aspects of the climate and highlighting key areas for improvement. Subsequently, he will discuss how this climate influences the experiences of LGBTQ2S+ students by providing example quotations from student, staff, and faculty participants. Finally, Dr. Godfrey will finish the presentation by providing key recommendations for how to make academic climates—in STEM and beyond—more inclusive.

  The UN International Day of the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST (Virtual) 

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Speaker: Dr. Isaac Saey 

(Title TBD)

Isaac Saney is Director of the Transition Year Program at Dalhousie University, the ground-breaking program established in 1970 to redress the educational barriers and injustices that confront the Mi’kmaq Nation, other Indigenous peoples, and the African Nova Scotian community. His teaching and scholarship encompass Africa, the Caribbean, the U.S. Civil Rights Movement Cuba, and Black Nova Scotian history. He is the author of the acclaimed book, Cuba: A Revolution In Motion (Zed, 2004) and the forthcoming, Africa's Children Return! Cuba, Africa, and Apartheid's End (Lexington Books, 2022). He is also a recipient of the Dalhousie President’s Award for the Advancement of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness (EDI). His roots lie in the Black Nova Scotian community and the Caribbean.

 

TBD EST (Virtual) 

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Speaker: TBD

(Title TBD)

Description TBD

Information:

519-253-3000 ext. 2642

vpedi@uwindsor.ca

Tags: EDI


Still I Rise: Coalition for Justice, Unity, and Equity Celebrates Black History Month

Feb 23, 2022

“Out of the huts of history’s shame, I rise.”

Grassroots community organization, Coalition for Justice, Unity, and Equity (CJUE), celebrates Black History Month with a video submission of its youth members performing Maya Angelou’s renowned poem, “Still I Rise.”


University's Diversity, Indigeneity, and Anti-Racism Professional Development Funds

Feb 17, 2022

University's Diversity, Indigeneity, and Anti-Racism Professional Development Funds

During negotiations for the 2021 collective agreement renewal, the parties discussed their shared commitments to the ongoing work of justice, equity, Indigeneity, anti-oppression, and inclusion needed to promote anti-racist and decolonized frameworks in scholarship and teaching to advance the core principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. 


Campus Pride Centre

Feb 9, 2022

The Campus Pride Centre provides a positive and inclusive environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirited, Intersex, Pansexual and Asexual individuals and their allies on the University of Windsor campus. The Campus Pride Centre holds a variety of events during the year to celebrate national and international Queer identities such as: National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and  International Women’s Day.


Dr. Naved Bakali, Assistant Professor of Anti-Racism Education

Feb 9, 2022

In 2021, Dr. Naved Bakali, the author of Islamophobia: Understanding Anti-Muslim Racism Through the Lived Experiences of Muslim Youth, was appointed as the Assistant Professor in Anti-Racism Education. Dr. Bakali’s research focuses on the study of anti-Muslim racism, also referred to as Islamophobia. Additionally, his research includes internationalizing and decolonizing higher education, refugee education, Islamic pedagogy, as well as educational programming for survivors of trauma.


Dr. Beverly Jacobs, Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Relations & Outreach

Feb 9, 2022

Dr. Beverly Jacobs has been appointed as Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Relations and Outreach at the University of Windsor, effective January 17th, 2022, for a two- year term.


Marium Tolson-Murtty, Director of Anti-Racism Organizational Change

Feb 9, 2022

Marium Tolson-Murtty is the newly appointed Director of Anti-Racism Organizational Change (AROC) in the Office of the Vice-President, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Her promotion from Strategic Planning Officer for the Initiatives Against Anti-Black Racism to her current position was first announced in November 2021 as the University of Windsor’s commitment to addressing all forms of racism and racial discrimination.


Student Speaker Series Launches

Feb 9, 2022

Communication is an integral part of change.

On January 26th, the Office of the Vice President, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion hosted the first session of its Initiatives Against Anti-Black Racism Student Speaker Series. The Speaker Series informs and educates students, staff, and the greater Windsor- Essex community on a wide variety of concepts related to the Black experience.  


AfroFest: Past, Present & Future

Feb 9, 2022

AfroFest is an annual celebration of Black History Month at the University of Windsor that hosts a cornucopia of cultural and educational activities to celebrate the many contributions made by peoples of African descent living in the diaspora.