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

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:

UTGSU (University of Toronto Graduate Student Union) has also put together a comprehensive list of resources for Black students.

The Faculty has also put together an extensive resource list based on the following areas of concern:

 

Toronto Data Workshop Stipends
Prof. Kelly Lyons and Rohan Alexander have recently announced three research stipends, each of $1,000, for U of T students or recent graduates who identify as a member of a visible minority group, racialized group, or as a person of colour.

The successful applicants will be invited to prepare a research paper on a topic of their choice under the supervision of a faculty mentor, and will be given the opportunity to present their paper at a meeting of the Toronto Data Workshop that suits their research timetable.

Detailed information: https://rohanalexander.com/toronto_data_workshop-stipends.html

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Events, discussions and learning opportunities happening around campus

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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/
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.

MMSt Town Hall to consult on anti-racism actions

Prof. Cara Krmpotich is running a Town Hall on Thursday, July 2, at 2pm, for students to provide feedback on the proposed anti-racism strategies for the Museum Studies program.

Click here to join the Town Hall on July 2nd.

 Panel Discussion: Anti-Racism & Mental Health – July 7, 2020

Presented in partnership with U of T Sport & Rec and the Toronto SAD Collective. This event is open to all U of T Community members.

Tuesday July 7, 2020 |  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST | Zoom

This panel discussion will unpack ways to stay mentally well and resilient during the fight against anti-Blackness and racism.

Panelists will discuss how mental health differs in the communities they work with, and offer meaningful suggestions for support and healing.

Meghan Yuri Young, co-founder of the SAD Collective will be moderating this discussion.

A Q&A will take place after the discussion. If you have questions for the panelists on anti-racism and mental health, please submit them to diversityandequity.kpe@utoronto.ca . We will also be monitoring the chat during the panel and will accept questions from the chat directly related to the discussion. 

Panelist Info & Registration at: https://uoft.me/armhpanel

Panel includes:

  • Natacha Pennycooke – Vice-chair, Association of Black Psychologists | Registered Psychotherapist with expertise on generational trauma in racialized communities
  • Suzanne Stewart– Director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health | Associate Professor OISE – Indigenous healing in clinical counselling psychology | Chair of Aboriginal section of Canadian Association of Psychology
  • Punita Lumb – Program Coordinator, Multi-faith Centre | PhD student, Equity in Higher Education | Award wining researcher in racism and equity studies
  • Emillie Nguyen – Prevention and Promotion Worker, HongFook Mental Health Association

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