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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Resources

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:

The School of Cities invites project proposals for the 2020 Anti-Black Racism & Black Lives and Anti-Indigenous Racism & Indigenous Lives Funding Initiative. This Funding Initiative will support urban-focused anti-racism education, outreach, and engaged praxis and policy-oriented research. Projects and initiatives are open to being undertaken by faculty and student associations across the three campuses of the University of Toronto and in the wider community.

Eligible and priority project submissions will demonstrate prior engagement and substantive work on the broader scope of Anti-Black Racism & Black Lives and Anti-Indigenous Racism & Indigenous Lives interventions. Team projects involving community groups, initiated by faculty and student associations, are highly recommended.

Proposals that respond to the call will be considered from November 12, 2020, to December 4, 2020, then on a rolling basis with funding allocated until exhausted.

Funded proposal results will be announced in December 2020.

Details: https://www.schoolofcities.utoronto.ca/Anti-Black%20Racism/Black%20Lives%20Anti-Indigenous%20Racism/Indigenous%20Lives%20Fund 

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Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize (Emerging Leader) 

The Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize is presented annually to recognize an Influential Leader and an Emerging Leader, who have made positive and lasting contributions to education and action against discrimination. Past winners have included individuals who have been recognized for their scholarship, personal service to others, or activities in support of the University of Toronto’s commitment to the values of human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion. The Emerging Leader is a new category created this year to encourage the nomination of students or staff who have made significant contributions to equity and inclusion at the university, as well as social justice and advocacy either on or off campus.

Nominations for the Emerging Leader Award are due by Friday, January 22, 2021.

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Events, discussions and learning opportunities happening around campus & community

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UofT Equity Census

Count Yourself In

Equity, diversity and inclusion are fundamental values at the University of Toronto. Building on U of T’s Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Excellence, we are committed to advancing equity within our practices and processes, and have launched the U of T Student Equity Census.

This Census is a tool that supports the University to better understand the demographics of our student population. The data we collect will be used to develop, assess, and maintain programs and initiatives that respond to the needs of our students. Through connections with other student-related data, we will be able to more effectively understand and improve the holistic experience of our students. This data will also help us to strengthen student recruitment efforts, access, and success strategies to address and eliminate barriers within our processes.

Your identity is complex and personal – we understand and respect that. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential. Through the participation of all of our students, we will be able to better understand and address the systemic barriers that our students face.

Advancing equity, diversity and inclusion is essential across the institution and we thank you for your participation and support for this ongoing and continuous effort.

About the U of T Student Equity Census

The U of T Student Equity Census is a voluntary demographic data collection initiative that involves a set of seven questions, all of which are voluntary and include a “prefer not to answer” response option.  

Who should participate

All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Toronto on a part-time or full-time basis. 

How to participate

Beginning November 16, 2020, students can log in to complete the U of T Student Equity Census. The census can also be accessed via the notification links on ACORN and Quercus. Simply log in using your UTORid and fill out your responses – it should only take about five minutes to complete.

When to participate

The census launches on November 16, 2020. There is no deadline to complete the census – the information will be collected and updated on an ongoing basis. After submitting the census, you can log in to change or modify your responses at any time.

Privacy & confidentiality

Participation is voluntary and the information you choose to share is determined by you. All questions are optional, with a “prefer not to answer” option available every time. Your responses aren’t anonymous, but the data collected will be kept strictly confidential. Only aggregate data will be used in reporting.

U of T Student Equity Census Advisory Roundtable

Following the recent launch of the U of T Student Equity Census we are seeking members of the University community to serve on the U of T Student Equity Census Advisory Roundtable.

The Advisory Roundtable will include a wide range of members of the U of T community. Members will be tasked with reviewing feedback on the census and developing a framework and best practices on how the University will report, share and use this identity-based data to support meaningful change.

We invite all members of our community to submit nominations of individuals to serve on this Advisory Roundtable. We seek to include a diversity of voices in this work. Members of the U of T community can nominate themselves or other U of T students, faculty, staff, librarians, instructors, and researchers to serve on the Advisory Roundtable.

The Advisory Roundtable will meet from December 2020 through to June 2021. Advisory Roundtable members should be available to join monthly online meetings, with some reading and preparation work between meetings. Given that we anticipate holding all meetings online this year, members do not need to be physically located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in order to serve on the Advisory Roundtable.

Nominations (including self-nominations) may be submitted online via the Advisory Roundtable Nomination Form by end of day Thursday, November 26, 2020. We ask nominators to briefly describe the nominee’s relevant lived experience, scholarly/research expertise or work experience in equity and inclusion, as well as any other experience(s) that would make the nominee a strong contributor to the Advisory Roundtable.

In addition to the role of the Advisory Roundtable, we invite all members of the student community to share feedback on the census questions and process. We will reach out to the community to connect more broadly and solicit feedback on the census in the coming months. The Advisory Roundtable will also compile a report of census feedback, which is set to be published by the end of next summer.

Questions about the U of T Student Equity Census Advisory Roundtable can be directed to Jessie Metcalfe, Assistant Director, Office of the Vice-Provost, Students at jessie.metcalfe@utoronto.ca.

 2020 BCALS Annual Winter event

Registration is now open for the BC Academic Libraries Section (BCALS) 2020 BCALS Annual Winter Event!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Date: Friday, November 27, 2020

Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm

Location: Online (via Zoom)

The registration deadline is Monday, November 23, 2020.

Registration: By donation

 

Recommended general registration: $10.00

Recommended student registration: $5.00

 

Please note that registration fees are by donation for this event. Donations will contribute towards panelist honorariums for their emotional and intellectual labour on this highly charged topic. Any remaining amounts will be donated to the Black Lives Matter movement. Donation receipts provided upon request.

Topic: This year’s Winter Event will focus on combating racism and addressing racial issues in academic libraries. In June 2020, BCALS released a Statement and Call to Action in response to the ongoing police violence and racial injustices against BIPOC not only within the United States, but Canada and across the world.

These issues of racial injustice extend to the library and information profession within Canada. We acknowledge that academic libraries and post-secondary institutions, including those in Canada, are embedded and complicit in the ideologies, structures, and actions of white supremacy and settler colonialism.  As an initial step in addressing these injustices, we invite you to explore the topic with us alongside a panel of experienced library and information professionals.  We seek to identify areas where we as individuals, institutions, and the field can grow and elevate practices to support our BIPOC colleagues and communities.

Panelists:

  • Norda Bell: Associate Librarian, York University Libraries, York University
  • David James Hudson: Librarian, McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph
  • Ashley Edwards: Librarian, Indigenous Curriculum Resource Centre, Simon Fraser University
  • Maha Kumaran: Associate Librarian, Education & Music Library, University of Saskatchewan

All questions will be moderated. If you are interested in asking the panelists questions, please email bcals@bcla.bc.ca prior to the event with your question. We will NOT be taking new questions during the event due to the nature of the content.

In addition to the panel, there will be lighting talks on combating racism and addressing racial issues and the BCALS Business Meeting where BC academic librarians will share brief updates and news from their institution.

We will be recording the panel discussions and lightning talks to be shared via YouTube after the event.

Zoom connection details will be sent to all registrants prior to the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

 Critical Conversations on Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia and the Implications for Postsecondary Environments

Organized by ARCDO, part of the Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series for 2020-2021.

Topic: Critical Conversations on Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia and the Implications for Postsecondary Environments

Speaker: Avvy Go, Barrister & Solicitor, Clinic Director, Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

Date: November 25, 2020

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Audience: Students, staff, faculty (please note that external community may join the session free of cost)

About the speaker:

Avvy Go is the Clinic Director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and a co-founding steering committee member of Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change. Since her call to the Bar in 1991, she has worked exclusively in the legal clinic system, serving the legal needs of low income individuals and families. Immigration, human rights, and employment law are some of the main areas of law that she practices in. Between 2001 and 2019, Avvy served as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario. She also served on the LSO’s Access to Justice Committee, the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and the Human Rights Monitoring Group. Apart from her legal practice, Avvy spends much time doing community organizing and advocacy work. Avvy has received numerous awards, including OCASI Life Time Achievement Award, Senate of Canada 150 medal, SOAR Medal, Order of Ontario, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers’ Lawyer of Distinction Award, City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations and President’s Award of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario.

For further information and registration for the Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series, please visit the ARCDO website.

Data & Sovereignty: Resisting Colonial Logics For Racial Justice 

Organized through McMaster University:

Description

Recent attentions to the collection, use, dissemination, ownership, and impacts of demographic data have convened several historical contradictions, resurfacing the contours of the false promise of equity from quantitative data collection. COVID-19 has positioned a number of initiatives that claim to address injustice and inequities in health or elsewhere though data collection often without the needs of those mined for data at the centre of these conversations. Regularly, these data are on or about Black, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Latinx, Asian, South Asian, Caribbean, and other non-white groups, people living with mental health issues, disabilities, those who are houseless or underhoused, low-income, people living with substance use needs, and 2SLGBTQ+ populations while also collecting information on gender. These initiatives that collect and do not deliver have not gone uncontested.

Presentations

Gikendamaawin e-aabadak – use of information: an Indigenous perspective on data sovereignty
Bernice Downey, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, School of Nursing/Department of Psychiatry and Neuro-Behavioural Sciences, Director, McMaster Indigenous Research Institute

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm 

Details of event: https://libcal.mcmaster.ca/calendar/scds/data-and-sovereignty 

The Intersections of Disability and Multiple Identities: Fighting Stigmas, Advancing Opportunities

In recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

This event is being co-hosted with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Office and AccessAbility Services, University of Toronto Scarborough

Date: December 3, 2020

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Topic: The Intersections of Disability and Multiple Identities: Fighting Stigmas, Advancing Opportunities

Objectives:

To emphasize the connections between ableism and racism and the tools needed to fight stigma, advance opportunities, and increase the accessibility of racial justice movements

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Roberta K. Timothy, PhD, RP

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Social and Behavioural Health Science, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies, York University

Panelists:

Rabia Khedr

Access, Equity and Inclusion Consultant

DiversityWorx

Meenu Sikand

Executive Lead, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Register online

Format: Virtual – Zoom Platform

Audience: Students, staff, faculty (please note that external community may join the session free of cost)

Further information on the Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series, please visit the ARCDO webpage.

If you require accommodation, please email s.baig@utoronto.ca directly and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements. Live captioning will available to all participants during the session.

Taking Care of You: Release, Recenter & Rebuild through Meditation and Movement for BIPOC Staff, Faculty and Librarians

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office invites you to register for the upcoming Restore Program – December Clinics:

The December clinic and activation is creating intentional community spaces for Black, Indigenous and Racialized staff, faculty and librarians, to be filled with community connection, dialogue and a reprioritization of care and compassion for the self. We invite you to join us as we recharge and prepare for the Winter holidays.

Black Staff, Faculty and Librarians

December 4, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Register online

Indigenous and Racialized Staff, Faculty and Librarians

December 8, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Register online

The impacts of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Asian and South Asian racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and the many manifestations of racism are realities racialized communities continue to navigate.

Restore @ U of T is a series of sessions designed for racialized communities at U of T to discuss and address the impacts of racism through restorative activities. Activities are primarily open to racialized students, staff, faculty and librarians; some sessions are open to all university members.

To view the full schedule of Restore activities please visit the ARCDO website.

Moving Forward: Addressing Islamophobia & Fostering Allyship on Campus
The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) is offering two feature workshops in collaboration with the Multi-Faith Centre.  The sessions are designed to increase faculty and staff’s understanding of their roles/responsibilities and key strategies to advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion at U of T. Following are the details:

December 1, 2020 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Moving Forward: Addressing Islamophobia & Fostering Allyship on Campus
Facilitated by: Aasiyah Khan, National Council of Canadian Muslims

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and identify manifestations of Islamophobia
  • Better understand intersectionality and the unique experiences with barriers and challenges encountered by the varying communities that practice Islam (e.g. Intersection of Islamophobia and anti-Black racism)
  • Explore the role of allyship and solidarity as professionals/faculty

How to Register:

Employees can register for these sessions from either of the following links:

ARCDO Training and Workshops webpage

Multi-Faith Centre webpage

More Information:

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Saimah Baig (s.baig@utoronto.ca) OR Punita Lumb (punita.lumb@utoronto.ca)

Advancing Inclusion: Addressing the Impact of Anti-Semitism on University Campuses
December 7, 2020 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Advancing Inclusion: Addressing the Impact of Anti-Semitism on University Campuses
Facilitated by: Rabbi Julia Appel, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of how anti-Semitism manifests in the postsecondary environment
  • Engage in discussion on the impacts of anti-Semitism
  • Identify strategies and share resources to address anti-Semitism in postsecondary environments

 How to Register:

Employees can register for these sessions from either of the following links:

ARCDO Training and Workshops webpage

Multi-Faith Centre webpage

More Information:

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Saimah Baig (s.baig@utoronto.ca) OR Punita Lumb (punita.lumb@utoronto.ca)

Join us for Archive/Counter-Archive 2020 Symposium: December 10-11
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Register on EVENTBRITE.

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to join us online for Archive/Counter-Archive’s 2020 Symposium, which will take place on December 10 and December 11, 2020. The theme this year is Black lives and archival histories in Canada.

The Symposium will consist of one keynote and two panels. The talks will not be recorded.

Day One, Thursday December 10, 2020

12:00PM-1:30PM EST: Keynote: Deanna Bowen “Berlin, Berlin.” Moderated by Monika Kin Gagnon.

Deanna Bowen’s presentation involves self-reflection and presentation of two interdependent exhibitions presented at the 2020 Berlin Biennale and the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery September 18 – February 28, 2021. Respectively, “The God of Gods: Berlin, Berlin” and “Black Drones in the Hive” extend critical interventionist research of the White nationalist ambitions that inform Canada’s cultural history and national narrative.

Make sure to REGISTER on Eventbrite for the keynote:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/archivecounter-archive-2020-symposium-keynote-deanna-bowen-tickets-129363133615 Facebook Event

Day Two, Friday December 11, 2020

12:00PM-1:30PM EST: PANEL 1: Place-based/Institutional Engagements with Black Histories: Janie Cooper-Wilson, Melissa Nelson, and Andrea Fatona in conversation. Moderated by: Warren Crichlow.

This panel will discuss caring for diverse Black Archives from inter-generational perspectives. Panelists will explore the range of contemporary practices with community and institutional archives, their creation, and presentation. The discussions will engage with various types of preservation, research, archival pedagogy and training practices from Black practitioners in community, academic, artistic, and professional archival contexts. Each will speak from their own experience in archives: both material place-based practices and online engagements.

Janie Cooper-Wilson: Proactively Dealing with Racism in the Archives

Andrea Fatona: Collecting and Re-coding Black Canada

Melissa Nelson: Critical Archival Thought: Integrating Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy and Training

Make sure to REGISTER on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/panel-1-place-basedinstitutional-engagements-with-black-histories-tickets-129369933955

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2:30PM-4:00PM EST: PANEL 2: Artistic Engagements with Archives: Nadine Valcin, Cara Mumford, and Debbie Ebanks Schlums in conversation. Moderated by: Malini Guha.

This panel will bring together artists engaging with Black and Indigenous archives and histories, individually but also in relation to each other. Remediation is a practice that creates tension between the “official” archive and the archive that is generated from the artistic process. What is created for community out of these remediations is a way to remedy the erasure and/or misrepresentation of Black and Indigenous histories in the colonial archive. The panelists will speak to questions about missing archives and the creation of accidental archives that emerge out of their creative processes. Through the act of revaluation, there is room to challenge national discourses.

Debbie Ebanks Schlums: Locating Archives in the Jamaican Diaspora

Nadine Valcin: The Accidental Archive: Searching for Blackness in Canada’s National Audio-visual Archive

Cara Mumford: Treble and Bass: Layering Archival VHS with Phytograms in the creation of “René Highway’s Prism, Mirror, Lens”

Make sure to REGISTER on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/panel-2-artistic-engagements-with-archives-tickets-129370628031

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For more information about our Symposium, keynote, and panels, go to:  www.counterarchive.ca

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.

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