Our office is led by our founding coordinator and manager, Annick Maugile Flavien and resides within Concordia University’s Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic. The work of the BPO is informed by the generations of Black student and community activism in Montreal and at Concordia that have laid the foundation for work that addresses and challenges anti-Black systemic racism. It is this engagement that has made it possible for the original pilot initiative to become its own office and we are honoured to be shaping an office that best represents, serves, and is informed by the rich and diverse Black perspectives at Concordia.
At core, the Black Perspectives Office works from an anti-racist, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive framework. We are committed to our evergrowing practice of being inclusive and accessible to all, and we actively aim to oppose all forms of discrimination and oppression. The BPO serves all Black students, staff and faculty at Concordia University and engages with all members of the Concordia community. Though our impact is most directly focused towards the Concordia community, we make intentional efforts to foster relationships with local and international Black communities and universities.