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Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS)


The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies

Research and teaching in the areas of equity, anti-racism praxis and alternative knowledges in education.

CIARS was established in the 1996-97 session, bringing together faculty and students whose research interests and political commitments are in anti-racism. The Centre provides a supportive research environment, linking communities of colour, marginalized communities, and the university.

The mandate of CIARS, namely the fostering of interdisciplinary anti-racism studies in education, embraces a broad view of education. In CIARS's view, education is defined as those processes that influence and contribute to how individuals and their communities come to know the world and act within it.

CIARS' faculty and students working in the field of anti-racism are deeply committed to an integrative view: all systems of oppression are interlocked and a study of one such system, racism, necessarily entails a study of class exploitation, sexism, ableism and heterosexism.

Recent research by associated faculty includes work on schooling and education, for example, research on inclusive schooling practices, and drawing from resources of the home, family and community in improving youth educational activities. In addition, CIARS' core faculty interests include research on the judicial system, immigration, unions, community development, community-state relations and globalization and its effects on communities of colour.


CIARS Land Acknowledgment

Sekoh!  Aaniin!  Bonjour!  Hello! Asaase Yaa!

We will begin with a Land acknowledgement to show our gratitude to the First Peoples who managed these Lands according to their traditional customs. Let us keep this Land acknowledgement in mind as we engage in conversation.

We [I] take this time to recognize that we are currently on the traditional territories shared between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and the Haudenosaunee peoples. OISE, the University of Toronto, stands on the Land signed as Treaty 13 and is protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum agreement, which is a treaty of overlapping governance between the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River that bind them to share these territories and to protect Land. Wampum belts are sacred physical and symbolic representations that affirm philosophical principles and enshrine political agreements and laws validating relations and treaties, narrating significant events, and recalling oral traditions. The Dish With One Spoon Wampum uses the symbolism of a dish to represent the territories and one spoon, illustrating that we are to share the resources of Land and only take what they need to maintain balance and reciprocal relations. 

Since time immemorial, Turtle Island’s First Peoples have continued to walk gently on Land, offering their assistance to Settlers and sharing their knowledges and ways of knowing. Turtle Island has allowed many peoples, including colonial Settlers/occupiers, to be within this space. Canadians must also acknowledge the presence of Black and Africans in the diasporas. Their complicated histories and disrupted relations shape stories intertwined with ours connected to Land. Stories of ruptured relationships and hope guided by the birds who return to lead us along with a common destiny of liberation.

A Land Acknowledgement is only meaningful if we learn from history and the long journeys and struggles that have brought all of us together. We must learn how to practice reconciliation in our everyday lives within ourselves, our families, communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and workplaces.

Nai-wen!  Chi Miigwech!  Merci d'avance!  Thank you!  Asante Sana!

2023 Decolonizing Conference

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) welcomes you to join our 12th Annual Decolonizing Conference, in-person from November 9-11, 2023.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Speaking Out & Speaking Up in Fugitive Spaces: Fascism Resurgence, Logics of Dehumanization and Anti-Colonial Praxis’, and will take place at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), located at the University of Toronto. We are delighted to share that some of our keynote speakers include Glen Coulthard, Heidi Mirza, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, and Vanessa Andreotti.

For full details on our conference, including submission guidelines please visit our website at:  

If you’re interested in attending our event, registration is now open! Learn more about keynotes and plenaries, and registration information on our website, and please feel free to Contact Us should you have any questions or concerns.

We encourage you to help us spread the word and share this with your networks.

We hope that you can join us!


Poster for November's  decolonizing conference

Solidarity Statement with Global Black Communities

The Center for Leadership & Diversity, the Center for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies and Equity Studies 

CIARS, CLD and Equity Studies Statement of Solidarity The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies, The Centre for Leadership and Diversity and Equity Studies stand in full solidarity with global Black communities. We support the struggles of Black, Indigenous, racialized protestors and critical friends demanding justice for victims of police brutality. Black lives matter, stop the violence. Those who enforce the law, must not be seen above the law and we demand genuine accountability and full transparency in the investigation of these deaths. The police cannot be trusted to investigate itself. These are systemic issues that go beyond our police force. As the world faces a devastating pandemic revealing profound historic and systemic inequalities, impacting Black and racialized communities disproportionately, the latest deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, D'Andre Campbell, and Jason Collins further demonstrate the dehumanizing and outrageous effect anti-Black racism and violence have on Black bodies globally. The ongoing dehumanization of Black lives is appalling and must end. It is a deep scar on us all. There is a lot of pain, suffering, justifiable anger and rage. AntiBlack racism is real. Voices must be heard, and concrete action must be taken forcefully to address systemic racism, white supremacy and other forms of oppression. We hope this moment becomes a turning point. As a community of scholars, learners and educators who are committed to centering racial justice in our intellectual and political work, we hope to see a critical imagining of new futures that support Black communities and their 'living well' locally and globally. In solidarity, The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies, The Centre for Leadership and Diversity and Equity StudiesPlease find the PDF version of the solidarity statement here.