Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
Some perspectives on post-secondary education highlight its emancipatory potential and the extent to which it may allow people to acquire valuable skills and insight. This public conversation looks at the extent to which post-secondary education is alternatively anchored in a professionalized ethos that benefits from the perpetuation of inequity. What are the arbitrary barriers that keep education at bay from those who could benefit from it? How should colleges and universities change in order to fully embrace the transformative values they espouse? In so doing, what are the community-based models which could inform our understanding of education?
Michelle Smith is an award-winning filmmaker, media artist and educator of Métis ancestry born in St. James Manitoba. She has directed over a dozen documentary projects and uses diverse media and participatory strategies to explore issues around indigenous identity, education and intercultural experience. She coordinates the Journeys First Peoples Program and teaches in the Cinema-Communications department at Dawson College. She is a founding member of the Dawson First Peoples Initiative.
leslie nikole is self-taught. a first generation bajan, she broke away from the traditional pressures of higher education and threw herself into a world of self-study. while she values education fiercly, her travels; life experience; and hustle have benefited her greatly as a writer and point of contact.
Emanuel Guay is a PhD student in sociology at Université du Québec à Montréal. He was involved in the student movement between 2011 and 2016, and has been involved in community research at the municipal level for the last three years
Michelle Duchesneau is a long-time resident of Point Saint-Charles. Over the past 18 years she has worked in the community primarily, supporting youth and families with a particular passion for engaging youth as political and economic subjects. She is the founding member of a community-led sexual health education project and Press Start Coop, a youth-led cooperative arcade and up-cycling project housed in Bâtiment 7. Michelle is a graduate student at Concordia University and part of a research collective studying emancipatory economic initiatives in Quebec.
Accessibility: The facility has accessible washrooms and the floor is accessible by elevator.