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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion programming

What are the common patterns of discrimination in academia?  How can our classrooms and offices foster relations of mutual respect? How can we respond effectively when moments of tension or conflict arise?

 

The Faculty of Fine Arts is making time and space for professors, staff and teaching assistants to discuss the ways that principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion intersect with the everyday practices of our working and learning environments. Join us for the following series of events led by Concordia researchers, teachers and former students.

Faculty Council presentation series on
Anti-Discrimination

These 30 – 45 minute presentations focus on ways to counter discrimination in academia and are designed to make space for conversations and questions. listen and join in the conversation. The Faculty of Fine Arts community welcomes all faculty, staff and teaching assistants to come to Council. Zoom links to the council sessions will be emailed to all eligible participants a few days prior to each session.

Institutional Initiatives Supporting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Concordia and the Report of the Working Group on EDI

December 4, 2020
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President’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism

January 15, 2021
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Discrimination at Concordia: speaking and teaching in the context of struggle, reckoning, and calling out culture

February 12, 2021
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When the Eyes are on You: Considerations for Addressing Microaggressions in your Virtual and in-Person Classrooms

March 12, 2021
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Disability, Accessibility, and Equity: Rethinking Our Approach in Higher Education

April 9, 2021
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Cancelled: Supporting Transgender and Queer Students from Studio to Seminar

May 14, 2021
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In-Depth Workshops for Faculty, Staff and Teaching Assistants  

Three workshops offer opportunities for faculty, staff and teaching assistants to explore specific topics in greater depth and enjoy extended time for conversation.  From role-playing to panel discussion, build your skills and learn about practices that can help us to navigate the changing demographics and new sensibilities that are shaping our classrooms today. All participants are asked to register in advance to confirm their spot and receive the zoom link.

New time:
Colour-Blindness in Academia: Recognizing and Minimizing Implicit Bias

23 february 2021
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Panel Discussion: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Pedagogical Practice

March 24, 2021
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Workshop: Rehearsing Our Responses to Microaggressions in the Classroom. Practice Makes....

April 9, 2021
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Cancelled: CRIT IT! A queer-led open-source Critique Tool for everyone with artist and educator Anthea Black

May 14, 2021
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Departmental training sessions for faculty and staff

People enter into conversations about EDI with varying levels of awareness and from a broad range of life experiences.  This winter, Fine Arts Departments are collaborating with the Offices of the Dean and the Provost to nurture a common base of knowledge from which such conversations can proceed. From January to April 2021, Annick Maugile Flavien, the founding coordinator of the Black Perspectives Office, will visit each of the Faculty’s nine departments, as well as the Dean’s Office, to alert faculty and staff to common patterns of discrimination within academia, to share the fundamentals of an anti-discrimination framework, and to engage with our questions about translating principles into practice in the classroom.
 

Workshop: Developing an Anti-Discriminatory Framework in the University Environment


Description
: In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to build their capacity in identifying and understanding manifestations  of discrimination in the university environment in order to discuss and develop an anti-discriminatory framework and strategies for prevention and resolution of discrimination within their sector of the university community.

Facilitated by:

Annick Maugile Flavien, Founding Coordinator of the Black Perspectives Office and Co-Chair of the President’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism.

Annick Maugile Flavien is a Black community advocate, scholar and the founding coordinator of the Black Perspectives Office (BPO) at Concordia University. She is a three time graduate of Concordia and has been working on campus for the last ten years where she had the opportunity to participate in and support grassroots EDI and anti-racist initiatives across campus. She now offers anti-discriminatory consultations, workshops and trainings, and is developing trainings specifically addressing anti-Black racism at the university.

Meghan Gagliardi (co-facilitator for large departments), PhD Student in Human Geography, University of Toronto, MSc - Concordia University.

Meghan Gagliardi is a feminist geographer and poet whose work examines white supremacy and accountability at the structural, cultural, and interpersonal scale. In her current creative work and emerging PhD research, Meghan examines racial and settler-colonial violence in white working-class communities in small, post-industrial towns and cities in Canada. In her professional work, Meghan offers research support, project consultation, and workshops and training toward grounded, anti-racist approaches to equity, diversity, and inclusion in Canadian universities.


Training sessions for teaching assistants

Teaching Assistants occupy a special position in the classroom. As both student and instructor, you have a unique opportunity to foster communication and to experience the education process from different perspectives.  All students TAing in the winter term are invited to attend this 3-part presentation.  Part one emphasizes basic labour relations and offers tips for developing a good working relationship with your supervisor.  Part two focuses teaching techniques that acknowledge diversity of experiences and build equity of opportunity.  Part three addresses what to do if something goes wrong.

When: The TA Training will take place on February 2nd, 10 am to 12 pm.   The registration link is: https://forms.gle/ajjrVjwPTnm7Cyq98

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Additional information

Concordia values respect, fairness, inclusiveness and diversity.  If you have concerns that touch on these principles, the Faculty of Fine Arts Guidelines for Raising Concerns offer information and options for actingAdditional guidelines are available to assist instructors and supervisors in responding to an expression of concern.

 

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