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Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS)

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

CIARS IN CONVERSATION

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in Schooling and Education: Fighting the Global Racial and Health Pandemics

CIARS in Conversation poster

 

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in Schooling and Education: Fighting the Global Racial and Health Pandemics

September 23, 2020 06:00 PM EST

Join the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) for the inaugural launch of our CIARS in Conversation Series.

The inaugural CIARS in Conversation is a follow up to the CIARS Summer Virutal Town Hall series and features panelists who actively resist unjust educational outcomes as racial, labour, educational and parent leaders in their respective communities. 

COVID-19 has exacerbated longstanding systemic injustices as highlighted by Black and racialized communities being further exposed and disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. With the return to school, neighbourhoods more highly impacted by COVID-19 tend to be the ones with more frontline workers who are not left with many 'choices' regarding their children's educational options. 

Moreover, the brutal murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor marked a resurgence of global uprisings. Canada is not immune to police brutality, and folks resisted systemic anti-Black racism with calls to defund and abolish police after the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet and countless others. Anti-Black racism and white supremacy are at the core of the system of policing. Further to policing, educational activists, scholars and leaders have also long called for the dismantling of Anti-Black racism from the education system which leads to the school-to-prison pipeline and disproportionate schooling outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and racialized students. 

Register here: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_isku0yRxSGW2gQPvgAOnWQ

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies is proud to introduce a renowned group of speakers and moderators:

Phiona Lloyd-Henry | Educator and Vice Principal, Peel District School Board; Former Instructional Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion Education and Coordinator, We Rise Together Action Plan 

Nigel Barriffe | Executive Officer, Elementary Teachers of Toronto; President of Urban Alliance on Race Relations; Board Member, Canadian Anti-Hate Network and Organizer, Ontario Education Workers United

Anna-Kay Brown | Co-Chair, Jane Finch Education Action Group, Mother and Community Organizer

Co-Moderator: Janelle Brady | Anti-Racist Educator, Activist Researcher and Community Organizer, OISE U of T P.h.D Student and CIARS Senior Coordinator 

Co-Moderator: Julie Usih | Social Justice Education, OISE U of T M.A. Student 

CIARS highly encourages viewers to submit their questions prior to the webinar through the registration page. Viewers will be able to ask their questions live during the webinar!

Register here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_isku0yRxSGW2gQPvgAOnWQ

 

POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2021 

DECOLONIZING CONFERENCE 2020 | NOVEMBER 4 - 7

CIARS is pleased to announce that it is holding its X11 Decolonizing Conference for critical dialogues on the theme of “Climate Change at the Crossroads: Whose Planet Are We Saving?" Using a Decolonizing perspective, the conference hopes to explore themes relating to Lands, Environments, climate change and social difference, and the associated socio-cultural, political and structural challenges preventing us from living healthy, harmonious, relational and sustainable lives. 

For more details, please check the full call for abstracts here. 

Please check the Decolonizing Conference Postponement Statement

Postponed Decolonizing Conference Poster

 

PAST EVENTS:

CIARS Town Hall Series 

Resistance, Healing and Recovery: Reclaiming Hope and New Futures

Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies Official Townhall Poster

Resistance, Healing and Recovery: Reclaiming Hope and New Futures

July 30, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

These are diffucult times and we mustn't lose hope, especially in light of the organized push back intended to silence courage. Let us continue our dialogues in hopes of moving into action. In the first Town Hall, we had conversation that only breached the surface of how this pandemic has brought to light the many inequalities in the world. Now, we must continue the conversation and think about healing and recovery through critical friendship, and radical solidarity. Thus, I welcome you join us for the second Town Hall. Once again, we have an esteemed group of panelists helping shed light on these important matters. We must continue to speak and act for as long as we can breathe. We must work together to ensure that this is a moment of change. We do this for ourselves, the younger generation, and the generations to come. 

Please Join the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies for a second Zoom Town Hall Resistance, Healing and Recovery: Reclaiming Hope and New Futures on Thursday, July 30, for a discussion that will contribute to an ongoing collective conversation on the hopeful possibilities brought up by the convergence of crises, from COVID-19 to the most recent anti-racist uprisings. We believe this can be the begining of a monumental change. The dialogue and ongoing mobilization must continue particularly around the convergences around anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism and critical solidarity. This will be the seccond Town Hall in a series following the first on anti-Black racism, Solidarity and Health held on July 15, 2020The Town Hall will begin at 6:00 p.m. eastern. This is an important moment of transformation, please register to join these crucial collective conversations before spaces fill-up!

Register in advance for this webinar: 

https://oise-utoronto.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iFLfW_jjT8yUpURj5UDnUQ 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies is proud to introduce a renowned group of speakers and moderator:

Speakers:

Leticia Ama Deawuo | Director, Black Creek Community Farm and Instructor, George Brown College

Diane Hill | Social Justice Education, OISE U of T M.A. Student 

Dr. Pamela Palmater | Mi'kmaw Lawyer, Professor at Ryerson University, Author and Social Justice Activist

Chris Ramsaroop | Justice for Migrant Workers Organizer and Social Justice Education OISE U of T P.h.D Candidate

 

Dr. Roberta Timothy | Assistant Professor and Director of Health Promotion at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

 

Dr. Francisco Villegas | Assistant Professor of Sociology, Kalamazoo College 

  

Moderator: Marycarmen Lara Villanueva | Social Justice Education, OISE U of T P.h.D Student and CIARS Coordinator 

 

Media Sponsor: Advocate Papers 

CIARS Town Hall 2020 

Rising up During Covid-19: Solidarity, Anti-Black Racism and Health

CIARS Town Hall July 15

 

Rising up During Covid-19: Solidarity, Anti-Black Racism and Health

Jul 15, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies for a Zoom Town Hall Rising up During COVID-19: Solidarity, Anti-Black Racism and Health on Wednesday, July 15, for a discussion that will contribute to an ongoing collective conversation on the convergence of multiple crises, including COVID-19, race and health impacts, police brutality and the most recent global uprisings. The Town Hall will begin at 6:00 p.m. eastern. This is an important moment of transformation, please register to join these crucial collective conversations before spaces fill-up!

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies is proud to introduce a renowned group of speakers and moderator:

Speakers:

Olivia Chow Professor at Ryerson University, founder of Institute for Change Leaders at RU and former MP/city councillor

Cheryl Prescod Executive Director, Black Creek Community Health Centre

 

Paul Taylor Executive Director, FoodShare Toronto

 

Kathy Lewis Curriculum Leader for Equity, Student Engagement and Achievement and TDSB Educator

 

Dr. Onye Nnorom Family Doctor and Public Health & Preventive Medicine Specialist

 

Moderator:

Ezi Odozor | Student Support Specialist and Writer

 

Media Sponsor: Advocate Papers 

 

ADDRESSING ANTI-BLACK RACISM IN EDUCATION |   MAY 26

OISE Black faculty in conversation organized by the Centre for Leadership and Diversity (CLD), led by Dr. Ann Lopez and sponsored by the CIARS. 

Panelists: 

Dr. Ann Lopez, CLD Director

Dr. George JS Dei, CIARS Director

Dr. Njoki Wane

Dr. Lance McCready

Dr. Andrew Campbell 

Moderated by Janelle Brady, PhDc, CIARS Coordinator

Please find the video recording here!  

More upcoming webinars to be announced soon. 

Register today!  OISE Black faculty in conversation organized by the Centre for Leadership and Diversity (CLD), led by Dr. Ann Lopez and sponsored by the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS). Panelists: Dr. Ann Lopez, CLD Director Dr. George JS Dei, CIARS Director Dr. Njoki Wane Dr. Lance McCready Dr. Andrew Campbell  Moderated by Janelle Brady, PhDc, CIARS Coordinator  Please click the link below to register for the event! We look forward to being in conversation with you! https://oise-utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItfuytqzMuGdHD3hq6n_ZDAQp9jEfz-wdl

 

2020 PRE-CONFERENCE INFORMATION SESSION |    MARCH 6

This event explores the experience of attending and presenting at a conference. Students will learn about the upcoming 2020 conference (speakers, calls, registration details, etc.) and also have an opportunity to sign up for volunteer roles if they are interested in adding to their academic résumés.

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm - AIRSpace, OISE 12-252

Chaired by: Dr. George Dei

Featuring: Marycarmen Lara Villanueva, Sevgi Arslan, Janelle Baptiste-Brady, Sophie Bourret-Klein and Raysheni Vijendran 

Please click the link below to RSVP:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2020-decolonizing-conference-information-session-tickets-97012580239

Poster title reads SJE Lunchtime Conversation. Below subtitle reads Academic Conference CIARS Organization and Attendance. Friday March 6, 2020 from 4:00PM-5:30PM AIR Space, OISE Room 12-252. Below, smaller text reads Chaired by Dr. George Dei. Featuring Marycarmen Lara Villanueva, Sevgi Arslan, Janelle Baptise-Brady, Sophie Bourret-Klein, Raysheni Vijendran. In the bottom right corner a smaller caption reads for more information visit oise.utoronto.ca/sje. In the background an image of light-brown auditorium seats.

 

BEYOND BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS | FEBRUARY 27

The Earth Centre in collaboration with CIARS is pleased to announce that we are holding an event called "Kemetic Dogon Initiate Wahibptah Fahkara Reveals Secret Education System of Traditional Africa to Expand Consciousness & Win the Real Struggle" with speaker Wahibptah Fahkara.

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Time:11-2pm 

Location: Nexus Lounge, OISE

Poster for Kemetic Dogon Initiate Wahibptah Fahkara Reveals Secret Education System of Traditional Africa to Expand Consciousness & Win the Real Struggle

 

FALL INSTITUTE AND TW0-DAY CONFERENCE, GHANA 2019 | DECEMBER 9 - 21 2019

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism (CIARS) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education is please to announce a call for papers and applications for participation in a two week non-credit course and/or a two day conference dedicated to 'Human Rights, Equity and Social Justice in Canadian and African Contexts' in collaboration with the University of Education, Winneba and Mountcrest University College, Ghana. CIARS invites contributions that examine African Indigenous governance as a social justice issue and how this can ground understandings of Indigenous conceptions and practices of local participation and customary decision making. 

 

DECOLONIZING CONFERENCE 2018 | NOVEMBER 8 - 10

http://decolonizingconference.com/

CIARS is pleased to announce that it is holding its X1 Decolonizing Conference for critical dialogues on the theme of “Dialoguing and Living Well Together: Decolonization and Insurgent Voices”. Using a Decolonizing perspective, the conference hopes to explore new meanings of “living well together” outside of White mythology (in Derrida’s terms) and the capitalist paradigm.  We ask: how do we bring non-Western epistemologies to a terrain that has existed through a long-exercised White Mythology? What Indigenous experiences speak to the possibility of living well together in new futures? What additional dimensions of the above can be gleaned from the constant mobility of bodies, identities, subjectivities and relations?

For more details, download the full call for abstracts here.  

Submission window: Jan 30, 2018 - May 30, 2018 | SUBMIT HERE

 

 

DECOLONIZING CONFERENCE WORKSHOP SYMPOSIUM |NOVEMBER 11 2017

"150 FOR WHOM, CANADA? COLONIALISM & INDIGENEITY ACROSS LANDS"

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) in collaboration with Equity Studies, New College will be hosting an interactive workshop series geared toward critical dialogues, arts, and activism. These workshops will bring together academics, educators, activists, artists, and community organizers, foregrounding the themes of race, anti-racism, Indigeneity and decolonization. 

 

 

DECOLONIZING CONFERENCE 2016 |NOVEMBER 3 - 5

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) in collaboration with Equity Studies, New College is pleased to announce that it is holding its V Decolonizing Conference for critical dialogues on the theme of “Race, Anti-Racism and Indigeneity: Anti-Colonial Resurgence and Decolonial Resistance” We invite participation from Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Artists, and Activists to engage the central theme of the conference, and we offer a wide range of submission categories. 

Keynotes: Taiaiake Alfred, Joyce E. King, Walter D. Mignolo

 

 

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION EVENT | APRIL 27 2016

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) in collaboration with Equity Studies, New College, the Transitional Year Programme (TYP), and the Harriet Tubman Institute (York University) presents a roundtable discussion on Critical Anti-Racism and Anti-Colonial praxis in the 21st Century. This will be a joint dialogue on research, teaching, the experiences of racialized bodies and the links to decoloniality and systemic oppression. The goal is to think through possible areas of research, learning, teaching, crtical anti-racism/anti-colonial praxis in relation to future substantive collaborations that can transoformatively enhance the educational experiences of learners. 

 

 

A PANEL DISCUSSION EVENT | January 28 2016

YOUTH, RACE, AND CRIMINALIZATION: BUILDING SUSTAINABLE PARTNERSHIPS FROM THE MARGINS 

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) wants to invite community members, community activists, scholars, and others to gather and start a multi-perspective dialogue that examines new possibilities and directions that can facilitate racialized communities to address State violence as a coalition force.