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:

Library and Archives Canada launches the Price McIntosh Bursary to support diversity in Canada’s libraries and archives

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is excited to announce the launch of its new Price McIntosh bursary, which was made possible by the generous support of the Price McIntosh family.

This funding opportunity provides financial support to Indigenous persons (First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation), persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities who wish to pursue studies in fields related to libraries and archives.

LAC will award up to $10,000 per funding cycle: $5,000 per selected student registered in full-time studies and $2,500 per selected student registered in part-time studies at Canadian colleges or universities for the 2021-2022 academic year, in a program that leads to a career in libraries or archives.

All eligible students are invited to submit their applications for the 2021-2022 academic year by October 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time).

Guidelines, eligibility criteria and the application form are available on the Price McIntosh Bursary web page. For any questions, or to request alternative formats, applicants may contact LAC:

Phone: 819-997-0893 (or toll-free at 1-844-757-8035)
TTY: 613-992-6969 (or toll-free at 1-866-299-1699)
Email: bourse-bursary@bac-lac.gc.ca<mailto:bourse-bursary@bac-lac.gc.ca>
Website: https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/about-us/price-mcintosh-bursary/Pages/price-mcintosh-bursary.aspx

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Events, discussions and learning opportunities happening around campus & community

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TRC Teach-in – Part One this Friday, July 16th from 1-2:30pm
The Indigenous Solidarity Working Group of the DSA and the iSchool’s Accessibility Interest Working Group have organized a two-part event on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Indian Residential School System, and the recent series of revelations in the news of mass graves at former school sites.

Part One is taking place this Friday, July 16th from 1-2:30pm: a Teach-in on the history and basics of the TRC. This will be a safe space to learn about the history of the IRS and the TRC, to ask any questions you may have, and to learn about some actions you can take in support of survivors. This event is intended to help us all prepare and arrive ready to fully engage for the second event. Register at this link!

Part Two will be a discussion lead by Audrey Rochette, Anishinaabe from Waabadowgang-Whitesand First Nation and Indigenous Relations Consultant and Indigenous Partnerships and Relations Specialist at Woodsworth College. Audrey has personal, family history with the IRS and has offered to talk about the TRC and recent news from her own perspective. Date and time TBA.

Two-Spirit and LGBTQ2S+ Indigenous Resources
Celebrate the Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ communities with University of Toronto Libraries by learning more about Indigenous understandings of gender and sexual identities. Watch the video
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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