BIPOC Resources & Information


The Faculty of Information stands in solidarity with our Black students, staff, faculty and alumni

We are committed to unlearning the norms, behaviours and attitudes that underpin and perpetuate systemic racism and to learning new ways to move forward as we renew our efforts to create a supportive and inclusive community that values, recognizes and promotes the unique voices of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) community. As an educational institution, we recognize that  we must continue to create space for, promote and engage in this ongoing dialogue, which will, in turn, lead to meaningful and impactful change.

This specific site has been designed to highlight resources and information about services and events on campus. If you have a Faculty or U of T event or service that you would like included here, please email inquire.ischool@utoronto.ca

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Mental Health and Personal Safety Resources

For students that are feeling distressed at this time, please know you can access a counsellor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through:

Financial Resources

Additional University-wide Resources

University of Toronto Graduate Student Union (UTSGU) List of Resources for Black Graduate Students

Upcoming deadline:

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Events, discussions and learning opportunities happening around campus & community

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CELEBRATING BLACK VOICES: BLACK HISTORY RESOURCES AT THE THOMAS FISHER RARE BOOK LIBRARY
All are invited to explore a new permanent online exhibition at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library called “Celebrating Black Voices.” The exhibition was curated by Fisher staff using resources from U of T’s rich historical holdings in both manuscript and printed form.
February programming for First Generation, Latin American, Southeast Asian, Black and all underrepresented students
Current and upcoming programming for First Generation, Latin American, Southeast Asian, Black, and all underrepresented students. Here is the link to their Access & Inclusion Peer Programs Newsletter: February Events for BIPOC Students

LATINX WELLNESS CAFE – February 23, 2-3pm
BLACK STUDENTS TALK with Black Profs! – February 25, 2-3pm
DROP-IN MONDAYS – Mondays, 2-3pm

Restore @ U of T – February Clinics: Happy Black Futures Month
This month, the Restore team is here to shower you with LOVE. Join us in meditation and breath as we lead you through a meditation that explores what your dream future looks like and how we can align ourselves to get there. Explore your new bright future!

These sessions will be facilitated by Allison Hill, Vonnette Forde and Rochelle Miller.

Black Students, Staff, Faculty and Librarians
February 23, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Register online

Students, Staff, Faculty and Librarians
February 26, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Register online

Reflect. Restore. Action. | Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (utoronto.ca)

We look forward to having you join us.

Join the Black History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Join us online and participate in editing and improving Black History content and representation on Wikipedia.

The University of Toronto Libraries, in collaboration with key community partners, is planning a month-long series of events to improve the quality of Black history pages in Wikipedia. To kick off the event, we are holding a facilitated roundtable on the topic of remediating the historical record through public history initiatives and shared open knowledge.

Get an introduction to editing Wikipedia and editing workflows.

See the event page on Wikipedia for details on event structure, how-to, tasks, and resources.

Upcoming edit together sessions: Training occurs twice each 3-hr session, once at the beginning and once at the 1.5-hr mark

February Fridays, 10am-1pm

·         Friday, February 12, 2021
·         Friday, February 26, 2021

The U of T Libraries would like to acknowledge the following community partners in this Black History Wikipedia editing effort:

The Toronto Public Library 

Black Excellence: Kiki Week – February 22-26, 2021
In partnership with the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance, U of T Sport & Rec’s annual Black Excellence programming, Kiki Week!, is a full week of virtual programs to celebrate Black Excellence and the Kiki Ballroom community. The week includes panel discussions, table talks, dance classes, and workshops for you to engage in.

REGISTRATION AND FULL PROGRAM DETAILS BELOW: 

1) History of Toronto Kiki Ballroom: Panel Discussion – February 22 @ 5:00 p.m. EST
2) Beautiful Black Bodies: A Roundtable Talk – February 23 @ 5:00 p.m. EST 
3) Vogue Dance Class – February 24 @ 6:00 p.m. EST 
4) Mental Health & Kiki Ballroom: A Roundtable Talk – February 25 @ 5:00 p.m. EST 
5) Werq the Runway Workshop – February 26 @ 4:00 p.m. EST 

Playing with Time: Dystopic Presents and Speculative Futures
Thursday, February 25, 2021
7:00-8:30PM
This is a virtual event. Zoom details provided with registration confirmation. Faculty, students, alumni, and the public are cordially invited.
RSVP at www.uc.utoronto.ca/playingwithtime
Please RSVP by February 19, 2021.In this historical present of far-reaching instability and dystopian catastrophes, writers are imagining alternate worlds and futures. Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers of colour and queer writers of literature are breaking genres to surface the past and future to extend and change present trajectories. Our texts are haunted by the unresolved and ongoing past, informed by fissures in worldviews that create space to imagine the world to come. Our panelist of writers will share their processes of creating novels that challenge the boundaries of how we understand time and space, and what they are writing towards.
The S. J. V. Chelvanayakam Fonds at the UTSC Library Archives: Virtual Launch Webinar
February 26, 9-12am EST. The U of T Scarborough Library Archives invites the community to celebrate the launch of the S. J. V. Chelvanayakam archive on Feb. 26. The event will bring together international scholars and researchers who will speak about the archive, colonial and postcolonial history, justice and law, historical memory, and the significance of digital archives in the modern world.  The webinar will be in English and Tamil with live interpretation in both languages.
U of T’s Black History Month Luncheon
February 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

U of T’s Black History Month Luncheon, celebrating its 19th year, goes online for the first time, featuring special guests from different walks of life who will talk about their careers as well as Black history and culture. As is tradition, it will feature a keynote speaker and panel discussion. Another important aspect of the luncheon is the opportunity for attendees to support efforts at U of T that are meaningful and important to our community.

This year, the luncheon will be raising funds to support Black students and scholarship.

Keynote Speaker:
Kimberly David, Senior Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs of the NHL

Guest Speaker: Tatiyana Ali, Actress

Registration is required: https://secureca.imodules.com/s/731/form-blank/index.aspx?sid=731&gid=1&pgid=18007&cid=29781

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A Day With Black Professionals  |  February 27th, 2021
On February 27th from 11am-4pm, the UTSC, Office of Student Experience and Wellbeing’s Imani Academic Mentorship Program will be hosting a professional development and networking event called “A Day with Black Professionals” Students can register to participate in the event here. Registration ends Friday February 26th at 6pm.

This event is for Black identifying/of African descent U of T students (from all three campuses) and presents an opportunity to connect with Black industry professionals from across the GTA and prepare for life after university.

Dionne Brand: A Short Entry on Time – Capitalism, Time, Blackness and Writing
Mar 3, 2021 03:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Dionne Brand, this year’s Jackman Humanities Institute’s Distinguished Visiting Fellow, will deliver a free public lecture on March 3 titled “A Short Entry on Time—Capitalism, Time, Blackness and Writing.” Registration is required.
Queer Directions Symposium: Indigeneities & Sexualities
Fri, March 12, 2021
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Register on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link for the eventJoin us for the fifth annual Queer Directions Symposium! Queer Directions is an annual symposium hosted by the Bonham Centre whose primary goal is to offer a dynamic forum for discussion of the most recent and relevant issues in queer, trans, and sexuality studies. This year’s Symposium is “Indigeneities & Sexualities” with guest speakers Audra Simpson, Dayna Danger, Joseph M. Pierce, and T.J. Tallie.This event will be held as a 500-person Zoom webinar (attendance is first-come, first-served to the webinar on day-of) as well as a Youtube livestream on the online event page. Registration on Eventbrite is required for access to both links. Live captions will be available.
Black Studies Summer Seminar
June 14-18, 2021 Call for Applications (deadline: March 1st, 2021)

The Black Studies Summer Seminar is a one-weeklong research-intensive seminar engaged with various themes in or connected to Black studies hosted by the University of Toronto Scarborough and Queen’s University. Designed to produce generative and fruitful academic debates, we are focused on the professional development of Ph.D. candidates, Postdoctoral Fellows and pre-tenure faculty with lived experience of being racialized as Black.

The Black Studies Summer Seminar will work at the intersection of creative, academic and activist work, highlighting radical interdisciplinarity and centering collaboration, co-creation and experiential learning.

Seminars, Workshops and Presentations will be led by Kristin Moriah, Denise Ferreira Da Silva, Katherine McKittrick, Andrea Davis, Charmaine Lurch, Sandra Brewster, Mark V. Campbell, Kevin Ormsby, Andrea Fatona, Karina Vernon, Anique Jordan, Cheryl Thompson, OmiSoore Dryden, Alexander G. Weheliye, Pamela Edmonds and others.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to complete the application by submitting

  • a two-page research statement including how you envision this seminar to advance your scholarly work
  • the names of two references familiar with your work
  • an updated C.V.

Details on subsidies will be available at a later date.

Please email all applications in a single PDF document to bsss@utsc.utoronto.ca by March 1st, 2021.

Black History 365 Calendar
As we look ahead to the celebration of Black History Month, ARCDO compiles a list of all of the events/campaigns/initiatives planned across U of T’s three campuses that recognize and honour Black History in the month of February. We invite you to submit any event/campaign/initiative for the Black History Month 365 Calendar. Submissions are welcome from students, staff, faculty, librarians and chaplains. Visit the ARCDO website to submit an event!
Anti-black racism reading list 
This is a selection, not an exhaustive list, of resources available across the University of Toronto Library system on the topics of anti-Black racism and violence in Canada, Black resistance, race and health equity, and educating against anti-Black racism.

https://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/anti-black-racism-reading-list 

ARCDO: The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office
The ARCDO hosts a number of events, trainings, workshops, and can provide support to individuals with reporting incidents. Visit their site for a full list of initiatives. https://antiracism.utoronto.ca/reflect-restore-action/
various events by Centre of Ethics (UofT)
Upcoming events organized through the Centre of Ethics: https://ethics.utoronto.ca/events-listings/ 

 

MISC & MUSSA working groups on DEI
Our student councils are doing great work around diversity, equity and inclusion. If you would like to participate:

Talks within UofT on the issue of anti-Black racism
Prof. Rhonda McEwen has shared two recent talks with members of the U of T community on the issue of anti-Black racism in general and more specifically at U of T. Excellent perspectives that speak to the context of racism in Canada, what U of T looks like within that, and how to do the work to right this. Lisa Robinson, from the Faculty of Medicine, spearheaded the efforts. Maydianne Andrade has been at the helm of TIDE and the unconscious bias program at U of T.

Access & Inclusion Peer Programs (AIPP) weekly drop-in

The AIPP offer underrepresented students the opportunity to book an appointment with a mentor navigator. This group of caring, upper-year students have unique experiences and can help diverse students find support and community on campus. They also provide academic, leadership, career and social programming.

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