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Black Perspectives Office

The Black Perspectives Office (BPO) is led by its founding coordinator, Annick Maugile Flavien, within Concordia University’s Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic.

Our mission to provide resources, support, connect and advocate for Black perspectives, initiatives and scholarship at Concordia. We offer funding and mentorship.

We advocate for the community. We support and create resources. We host programming. We connect networks.

We champion Black perspectives.

Statement on Black Lives Matter

The Black Perspectives Office, located on traditional Kanien’kehá:ka Nation Territory, stands in solidarity with and will always be informed by Black activists in Canada, the US and around the world who continuously fight against white supremacy, violence, and anti-Black interpersonal and systemic racism. We honour and stand with the Black Lives Matter movement in the fight for freedom, liberation, and justice.

As part of a Canadian university, we are committed to examining, addressing and teaching about the systemic violence and structural inequalities that shape the Canadian university and affect its communities. We vow to center Black perspectives and knowledges in our practices of resistance and to connect the intersections of racism, colonialism, patriarchy, heteronormativity and ableism in all our work. We acknowledge that systemic racism exists within academia and commit to denouncing and addressing its injustices. As such, we also recognize the legacy of systemic racism at one of Concordia’s founding institutions, Sir George Williams University, in the late 1960s, and highlight how students have then as now been at the forefront of demanding racial justice.

For the inaugural year, we call for and will participate in the examination of the eight following areas at Concordia University, towards addressing anti-Black systemic racism and ensuring an inclusive university: Campus security and relations with external security forces, Anti-racist education and resources for the campus community, Concordia and its founding institutions’ relations with Black Communities, Curriculum and educational tools, Student Services, Faculty Development and supports, Employment initiatives, and Fundraising.

 

Annick Maugile Flavien

Annick Maugile Flavien

Founding coordinator, Black Perspectives Office

Annick Maugile Flavien is the founding coordinator of the Black Perspectives Office (BPO). She is a three-time graduate of Concordia and has been working on campus for the last eight years, where she participated in many campus communities, research projects and classrooms.

Outside of the BPO, Annick is a multidisciplinary maker and community organizer born and based out of Tio’tia:ke (Montreal).

In her most recent degree, she explored ways of unpacking the complex racial and lingual dynamics of Montreal with youth, through a research-creation project called Understanding Blackness in Montreal: A Toolkit for Engaging Youth in Critical Dialogue Around Race, which led to the intergenerational Mapping Blackness in Montreal project she facilitates. As this project grows she hopes to take it on tour across Canada and foster connections between Black Canadian communities.

Request a phone or video meeting please contact our coordinator at bpi@concordia.ca.

Funding

If you have an idea for a project, public lecture, exhibition, workshop or symposium, that highlights Black perspectives and scholarship, the Black Perspectives Office (BPO) would like to help make your idea come to life. The BPO may contribute $300, $600, $1,200 or $1,500 to your project.

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