Algoma U Hosts Diversity & Equity Speaker Series

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – October 11, 2018): Algoma University will be hosting The Diversity & Equity Speaker Series, aimed at promoting a safe and inclusive campus and community environment. The series runs from the fall of 2018 and into the winter of 2019.

The Diversity & Equity Speaker Series aims to provide a space to reflect and gain practical tools needed to advance equity and inclusion on campus and within the wider community by promoting cultural competency and critical thinking.  

Four speakers will deliver keynotes from 2018 – 2019 on various topics. Each speaker comes from a diverse social background and is an expert in providing diversity and equity training.

A list of speakers follows:

  • October 16, 2018: Dr. Carl James: “Racial Inequity without Racism: The Prevailing Discourse of Canada’s Multiculturalism”
  • November 6, 2018: Dr. Deborah Lee: “Honouring and Preserving Indigenous Knowledge through the Indigenous Studies Portal: A Research Tool for Everyone”
  • January 22, 2019: Dr. Beverley Bain: “Gendered Racism and the White Neoliberal University”
  • February 26, 2018: Dr. Meena Sharify-Funk: “Beacons of Hope and Interfaith Understanding: Deepening the Bonds of Community”

Each keynote speaker will provide two presentations: one presentation for the Sault Ste Marie community that is open to the public and another for the Algoma U internal community. The community presentations will take place in the evenings at 7:00pm in EW205. All are open to the public and free of charge. Parking will be provided.

Coinciding with the Diversity & Equity Speaker Series, is the Diverse Film/Diverse Book series. The Arthur A. Wishart Library will be showing various films and advertising books and novels with themes of diversity.

For more information, please contact the Academic Librarian, Lisl Schoner-Saunders, at lisl.schoner-shaunders@algomau.ca or call 705.949.2301, Ext. 4614