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:

  • Scholarships – Grace Hopper Celebration
    Scholarship and Complimentary Registration applications are open for students, faculty, and women of color to apply to the Anita B.’s Women in Technology Grace Hopper Celebration Conference.
    The deadline is April 28, 2021. Here is the link: https://ghc.anitab.org/attend/scholarships/
    UPDATE (May 5, 2021): the deadlines to apply for the complimentary registrations to attend the Grace Hopper Conference has been extended to May 11 and 28, 2021 depending on which stream applicants are applying to – see https://ghc.anitab.org/attend/

  • Scholarships for BIPOC archivists/records management students (1st deadline April 30th)
    Are you beginning or enrolled in a master of library and information science or library technician program? There are many scholarship programs you can apply for, with a few highlighted below.Ontario Library Association – Scholarship FundOLA has a commitment to diversity and inclusion that includes strategies to increase educational and ultimately employment opportunities in the library sector for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.Are you, or do you know of a BIPOC student enrolling or enrolled in a Canadian library and information program? The OLA Scholarship Fund has been designated for BIPOC student candidates. The Scholarship fund typically provides funding up to $5,000 annually to be applied towards tuition for a library technician program or an MLIS. It is open to applicants all across Canada and you do not need to be an OLA member to apply.For more details, read about it here. The application form is due April 30th, 2021.Association of Research Libraries – Kaleidoscope ProgramThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the 2021–2023 cohort of the Kaleidoscope Program. The program recruits master of library and information science (MLIS) students from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups into careers in research libraries and archives. Residents of Canada are able to apply.Benefits of the Kaleidoscope Program include:

    • A tuition stipend of up to $10,000 over two years in support of MLIS education
    • Leadership and career development training
    • A site visit to an ARL member library
    • Financial support for skills development
    • A formal mentorship program

    For more details, read about it here. The application form is due May 13, 2021.

    Other Scholarship Opportunities

    For more scholarship opportunities, please see what is available through this resource from OLA’s Cultural Diversity and Inclusion committee.

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Events, discussions and learning opportunities happening around campus & community

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Save the Dates: Four Global Conversations on the Return of Cultural Heritage (April – June, 2021)
The Illinois State Museum presents the conversation series in collaboration with The Museum of Us, the Canada Research Chair on Civic Museology at the University of Montreal, On Possible Futures, funded by the Maryland Institute College of Arts, Ohio History Connection, the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, ICOM’s International Committee on Collecting, and Armando Perla.

All programs are free with registration. A flyer with all information and registration links can be found at www.illinoisstatemuseum.org/sites/default/files/gcflyer8x11.pdf

Setting the Foundation
Thursday, April 29
12:00 PT/14:00 CT/15:00 ET/9:00 NZDT+1
https://www.facebook.com/events/2220374244762121

Panelists: Sheryl Lightfoot, University of British Columbia (Canada), Sue Rowley, Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (Canada), Te Herekiekie Herewini, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (New Zealand)

Moderator: Armando Perla (Canada/El Salvador)

A year after the expert seminar was held at the University of British Columbia in Canada, we will discuss several of the points and recommendations made in the report with some of the organizers and attendees. In this conversation we will look at how things have changed since the expert seminar, the progress that has been made, and what remains to be done.

Indigenous Led Initiatives
Thursday May 13
10:00 PT/12:00 CT/13:00 ET/15:00 BRT/19:00 CET
https://www.facebook.com/events/930661861070940

Panelists: Lucy Bell, Haida Nation (Canada), Amy Lonetree, Ho-Chunk Nation and UC Santa Cruz (U.S.), Lis-Mari Hjortfors, Sami parliament (Sweden)

Moderator: Tricia Logan (Canada)

In this conversation with Indigenous experts, attendees will learn about repatriation initiatives led by Indigenous peoples on three continents. Some of the initiatives discussed will include the development of repatriation guides, ethical guidelines, and community advocacy.

Museum Dialogues
Thursday May 27
9:00 PT/11:00 CT/12:00 ET/18:00 CET/19 :00 EAT
https://www.facebook.com/events/196346852284509

Panelists: Adriana Munoz, Museum of World Culture (Sweden), Anabela Carlon Flores, Yaqui People (Mexico); Purity Kiura, National Museum of Kenya (Kenya); Steve Nash, Denver Museum of Nature and Science (U.S.)

Moderator: Brooke Morgan (U.S.)

This conversation will focus on the transcontinental dialogues taking place both among museums and between museums and communities to ensure the return of tangible and intangible heritage to the places and communities where they belong.

Moving Forward Together
Thursday June 10
12:00 PT/14:00 CT/15:00 ET/21:00 CET/22:00 SAST/9:00 NZDT+1
https://www.facebook.com/events/1350995821966563

Panelists: Brandie Macdonald, Museum of Us (U.S.); Te Arikirangi Mamaku, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (New Zealand); George Abungu, International Standing Committee on the Traffic of Illicit Antiquities  and Okello Abungu Heritage Consultants (Kenya); Deirdre Prins-Solani,  Independent expert on Intangible Heritage (South Africa)

Moderator: Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko (U.S.)

This conversation will sum up the points discussed in previous conversations and will start a dialogue on the steps needed to continue to materialize the recommendations in the report. It will explore the creation of communities of professional practice across the globe and other actions that can strengthen the work that has been done until now.

Entrustment Ceremony for the Final Report of the U of T Anti-Black Racism Task Force
May 05 2021 05:30pm – 06:30pm

An entrustment ceremony to honour the final report from the Anti-Black Racism Task Force will take place on May 5. The event will mark the handing over of the task force’s final report to the President, Vice-President & Provost, and Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity. Please register.

SPTH Grad Conference — Strategies of Critique 34: Abolition
The Social and Political Thought annual graduate student conference. Presented by the Social and Political Thought Graduate Student Association and the Black Studies and Theories of Race and Racism Implementation Committee. May 6-8, 2021.

Full details of panels are available on conference website: https://strategiesofcritique.wordpress.com/schedule/

Registration for both the panels and the keynote on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strategies-of-critique-xxxiv-abolition-tickets-151418949153

BGSA Research Conference: Celebrating Blackademia

Date: Tue, May 11, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (EST)Hart House and the Black Graduate Students Association presents its inaugural virtual research conference on May 11. This year’s theme, “Celebrating Blackademia,” will centre around the work, experiences and contributions of Black students and academics. Black students, staff and faculty, community members and non-Black allies are invited to meet with current and former Black students and learn about the experiences of Black academics in a variety of research fields.
Indigenous Entrepreneurship Orientation & Panel, May 12th

Wednesday, May 12, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. EST
Details & Registration: https://libcal.library.utoronto.ca/event/3604374 (participants will receive a link prior to session start)

This event will help Indigenous entrepreneurs make connections and gain knowledge from leading Indigenous entrepreneurs who will share their stories of what has helped them to become successful. There will also be a short workshop to access tools and resources for business planning, mentoring, building community partnerships, and finding a cooperative model that is more than a sales pitch.

BIPOC Mental Health Resources
One of the best ways we can be anti-racist is by caring for ourselves, mentally and physically. As Audre Lorde put it:

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

These guides do a great job of addressing this key issue:

  • The Summit Wellness Group – Written and curated by women of color, this guide features 61 mental health and substance use resources for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community.
  • Detox Local – An extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for the AAPI (American Asian and Pacific Islander) community.
  • Basis Medical – 18 Chiropractic Wellness Resources for the BIPOC Community
Anti-Asian racism reading and resources list
This initial list is a collaboration between the UTSC Library, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office and International Student Centre in support of the UTSC Asian community.

https://utsc.library.utoronto.ca/anti-asian-racism-reading-and-resources-list?utm_source=The+Bulletin+Brief&utm_campaign=62dcbbea38-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_13_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5083c0488-62dcbbea38-110199523

Please visit this link for additional student resources from the UTSC Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office and the International Student Centre.

Introducing BLISTS: Black and Latinx Information Science and
Technology Society 
“Empowering Black and Latinx students to pursue successful careers in Information Science and Technology” 

BLISTS was founded in 1992 by a small group of students at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. Over the years, they have grown and developed into one of the strongest and most recognized student group on campus. Given the ambitious group of students they are, they hope to become a national organization for students in the information field.  If you would like to start a BLISTS chapter, please contact Daniel Scott and Danielle Nimako, the President and Vice-President of the Black and Latinx Information Science and Technology Society (BLISTS).

For an overview of the organization and its activities, open this attached document.

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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