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    October 16
    SJE introduces Master of Education Focus Streams
    SJE is excited to introduce Master of Education Focus Streams! MEd focus streams consist of lists suggested courses that may be taken to complement the personal and academic interests of MEd students.
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    October 11
    SJE Professor Megan Boler discusses the lines between corporate influence and climate change
    After Facebook denied two car dealerships ads about a tree planting initiative, SJE Professor Megan Boler says this case illustrates how noticeable the lines have become between political manipulation or corporate influence and issues of public good and social concern such as climate change .
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    September 20
    SJE professor Rinaldo Walcott discusses the dehumanizing history of blackface
    SJE professor Rinaldo Walcott discusses the dehumanizing history of blackface with CBC following photos and video of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in brownface/blackface.
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    September 19
    SJE professor Rosalind Hampton receives Connaught Award for research into the development of Black Studies in Canadian universities
    Congratulations to SJE professor Rosalind Hampton who has won a University of Toronto Connaught Award for her research into the development of Black Studies in Canadian universities.
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    September 04
    SJE Professor Lauren Bialystok responds to rewritten dress codes in Canadian schools.
    For Prof. Bialystok, the more important question is this: "How do we create a culture in which what people wear is not misinterpreted as license to objectify, sexually harass or shame them - and rather, just one of many forms of self-expression?"
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    August 29
    SJE Professor Lauren Bialystok discusses updated Ontario sex-ed curriculum
    Prof Lauren Bialystok discusses the new Ontario sex-ed curriculum and its striking similarity to the 2015 version that was repealed last year.
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    August 19
    Dr. Megan Boler awarded Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge grant
    Congratulations to SJE faculty member Dr. Megan Boler, who has won a Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge grant for her research project, "Affective Media, Social Movements, and Digital Dissent: Emotions and Democratic Participation in the 'Post-Truth' Era".
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    August 07
    SJE Faculty Announcements
    Congratulations are in order for the following SJE faculty:
    Dr. Lauren Bialystok, who has been promoted to Associate Professor
    Dr. Megan Boler, who has received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, a
    Connection and a post doc.
    Dr. Miglena Todorova, who has received a SSHRC Insight Development grant
    and a Connection grant.
    Dr. rosalind hampton, who has received a SSHRC Insight Development grant

    Dr. Tanya Titchkosky, whose workshop, Critical Disability Studies and Its
    Influencers, attracted over 100 participants this past week.
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    July 24
    SJE PhD student wins George Sidney Brett Memorial Fund Award
    Congratulations to SJE PhD Candidate Stephanie Latty, who has won the George Sidney Brett Memorial Fund Award, an SGS fellowship and bursary for Black and/or Indigenous Students
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    July 11
    The Essential Guide for Grad Students (EGGS) 2019-202
    Check out SGS's new Essential Guide for Grad Students (EGGS) 2019-2020
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    July 04
    Incoming SJE student seeks to improve education for Indigenous youth
    Meet Diane Hill - the incoming SJE student looking to support her community through education.
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    July 02
    SJE professor and renowned sociologist Dorothy Smith appointed to the Order of Canada
    One of Canada's most highly regarded sociologists, OISE's very own Dorothy E. Smith, has been named member of the Order of Canada.
    The appointment, announced by Governor-General Julie Payette on Thursday, is one of country's highest civilian honours.
    A professor emerita in the Department of Social Justice Education, Smith is being recognized for "extending the boundaries of traditional sociology to incorporate a feminist perspective, and for developing institutional ethnography."
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    June 19
    Visiting students from University of São Paulo complete research project with SJE Chair Njoki Wane
    SJE congratulates visiting students Larissa Moura, Milena da Costa Edwirges, and Flora Oliveira Cruz Mota, from the University of Sao Paulo, who have completed a 6-month research project with SJE Chair Njoki Wane entitled At the Crossroads of Racial and Gender Discrimination: Educational Strategies Built by Black Women in Brazil & Canada.
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    June 14
    SJE student wins Lisa Robinson Award for Excellence in Research at Black Graduation 2019
    Congratulations to SJE PhD student Dr. Suleyman Demi, who will be receiving The Lisa Robinson Award for Excellence in Research at the third annual University of Toronto Black Graduation 2019 ceremony on Friday, June 28th, 2019. This award recognizes a Black student at the University of Toronto who has made substantial commitment to engage in innovative research and emerging fields.
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    June 11
    Identity in education: how one SJE grad is changing the conversation about Roma youth in Canada
    Meet Ildi Gulyas, the SJE grad changing the conversation about Roma youth in Canada.
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    June 03
    SJE student wins Dionne Brand Award for Excellence in Liberal Arts
    Congratulations to Social Justice Education PhD student Dr. Leroy Baker, who has been awarded the Dionne Brand Award for Excellence in Liberal Arts. This award recognizes a Black student at the University of Toronto who has made substantial contributions to the liberal arts.
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    May 16
    SJE Students to present at Stanford University Disability Studies Conference
    Congratulations to the SJE students who will be presenting the following papers at Stanford University's inaugural Disability Studies Conference next week:
    Perceiving the Imminent Danger of Disability: Disability perceived as meaningful in police culture, by SJE PhD student Elaine Cagulada
    Narratives of Down syndrome: Exploring intellectual disability within children's narratives, by SJE MA student Madeleine De Welles
    Cripping the script: Neoliberal normativity & the narrative of failure, by SJE MA student Nadine Violette
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    April 26
    SJE Students Win 2019 Gordon Cressy Leadership Award
    SJE students Suleyman Demi and Ezinwanne Odozor receive the 2019 Gordon Cressy Leadership Award.
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    March 26
    AERA REAPA Outstanding Dissertation Award
    Social Justice Education Alumna - Marissa Largo
    Marissa Largo, an SJE alumni has won the prestigious 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award from AERA's Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans SIG.
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    March 20
    SJE Student Colloquium
    Keynote Speaker - Dr. Roderick Ferguson
    This lecture investigates the role that minoritized communities have had on the epistemic changes within the North American academy. Refusing to read those communities as simple demographic entities having little bearing on the life of the mind, the talk interrogates communities minoritized by race, gender, sexuality, indigeneity and nationality as generators of intellectual transformations that challenge the primacy of disciplinary and canonical knowledges. In addition to challenging the sanctioned intellectual traditions of the academy, those transformations have also accounted for some of the most dynamic revisions to progressive politics and analyses, redefining such categories as "anti-racism," "feminism," "socialism," and "liberation." Using historical and personal narratives, the talk addresses the academy as a heterotopic space comprised of disciplinary and vernacular knowledges, a composition that bears upon the worlds within and outside the university.
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    November 27, 2018
    Dr. Martin Cannon speaks at the Native Women Association conference
    Dr. Martin Cannon says dismantling the patriarchy is not just about being nice to Indigenous women, but because it is entrenched in colonialism. #IndianActToUNDRIP

News and Events Archive

Below is an archive of past news and events.


Dwight R. Boyd, Professor Emeritus of SJE, on the publication of his book Becoming of Two Minds about Liberalism: A Chronicle of Philosophical and Moral Developmen

Maya Chacaby, SJE PhD student, who was featured in Maclean's Magazine as a professor who is bringing Ojibwe culture to the classroom. See the story here: http://www.macleans.ca/education/how-one-york-professor-is-bringing-ojibwe-culture-to-the-classroom/.

Farai Gonzo, SJE PhD student, who was featured in the Toronto Star as part of the Scholars-At-Risk Program. Gonzo is doing her PhD in how community radio in Toronto might better serve immigrants from Africa: http://www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/education/2015/10/23/scholars-at-risk-throws-lifeline-of-learning-to-those-whove-faced-danger.html.

Congratulations to Rusa Jeremic, SJE PhD student, whose artwork has been published in The Harper Record 2008-2015. The book can be found here and Rusa's art piece is on page 229: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/harper-record-2008-2015.

The University of Toronto Students for Barrier Free Access (SBA), Board of Directors is delighted to support the ongoing public disability centric events of the Department of Social Justice Education (SJE), with funds made available for this purpose in 2015-16. This award is to support future events while acknowledging and nurturing the collaborative relation between SBA, disabled students and social justice scholarship. Please watch for future event notices, and please visit http://www.uoftsba.com.

Lauren Bialystok, Assistant Professor, for her Huffington Post article on the Ontario Sex Ed Curriculum protests. Read the article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/misha-abarbanel/sex-ed-curriculum-protest_b_8123292.html.

George Sefa Dei, Professor, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto, was awarded the Carnegie African Diaspora (ADF) 2015 Fellowship. This award is dedicated for educational projects at African higher education institutions.

OCUFA distinguished 2014 Status of Women Award of Distinction and the Lorimer Award, awarded in recognization of women who have improved the lives and working conditions of academic women and, by extension, their students, colleagues, families, and friends. Winners include:

Sandra Acker, Professor Emerita of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto, for her research on women academics and mentorship of graduate students

Kathryn Church, Director, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University and graduate of OISE, for her scholarship and advocacy on behalf of academic women with disabilities

Monica Heller is elected President (2013-15) of the American Anthropological Association, the world's largest academic society of anthropologists.

Monica Heller, 2014 recipient of the Prix du CRCCF award.

Tanya Titchkosky, 2014 recipient of The CDSA-ACEI Tanis Doe Award for Canadian Disability Study and Culture: http://www.cdsa-acei.ca/tanisdoe.html.

Miglena Todorova, 2014 recipient of the Professor of the Year Award, University of Toronto, Scarborough College.

Njoki Wane, "Off the Clock" profile: A Global Effort in Embu, Kenya. February, 2014. Read the profile here: http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/new/otc2/otcwdnwsowa.htm.


Spring Convocation 2017, OISE Teacher Education Programs: MT, MA-CSE, Bachelor of Education, June 22, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am, Convocation Speaker: Professor Jean-Paul Restoule. Watch live: http://uoft.strmstr.com/. Join us for Reception: 12-2pm at OISE Library

Department of Social Justice Education Meet and Greet, June 21, 2017, 5-7pm, SJE Lounge

The Coloniality of Existence: Africa in Scholarship and Museums. Lecture by Professor George Dei. June 9, 2017, 6-7 pm, Location: ROM. Signy & Cléophée Eaton Theatre


Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm, OISE Library, ground floor. Join us for a panel discussion and book launch, Whose Lives Matter? Dying From Improvement - Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody.Sherene Razack, author.

Friday November 13, 2015, 2:00-4:00pm, 12th floor, 12-274, SJE Seminar Room. SJE Student Workshop: Scholars as Writers. Facilitators: Miglena Todorova and Eve Tuck, SJE Faculty. Have you felt discouraged and fearful you are the only one who hasn’t figured out how to be a prolific academic writer? Do you experience writer’s blocks and often feel you have nothing “important” to say or write? In this event, we invite SJE graduate students to a conversation about academic writing as “work” and cultivating routines and habits that make one a successful and published writer and scholar. The workshop includes Dr. Miglena Todorova who will share findings from research on the psychology, sociality and practices of academic writing, as well as ways to overcome blocks and doubts when writing dissertation chapters, essays, journal articles or conference papers. Frequent writer Dr. Eve Tuck will discuss her approaches to considering audience, cultivating a writing life, collaborating, generating new writing and avoiding getting stuck featuring Sondra Perl’s Guidelines to Composing. Please join us for this important event where we create communities of writers.

Wednesday, October 29, 2015, 4:00-6:00pm, Nexus Lounge, 12th floor, OISE. Join us for a Public Issues Forum on Sex Education: Curriculum and Controversy moderated by Lauren Bialystok. Panelists include David Rayside, Professor Emeritus (UT), Political Science, former Director of the Mark Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Kathy Bickmore, Professor, Curriculum Studies (OISE/UT) and Rabea Murtaza, Founder of Muslims for Ontario’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum. Sponsored by the Centre for Ethics and the Department of Social Justice Education.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 2:00-5:00pm, Nexus Lounge, 12th floor, OISE. Join us to celebrate the launch of the edited volume, Theorizing Anti-Racism. Panel discussion with Abigail B. Bakan and Enakshi Dua (editors), and Sedef Arat-Koç, Himani Bannerji and Anthony Bogues (contributors). Co-sponsored by The Centre for Feminist Research at York University and University of Toronto Press.

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:00-7:00pm, 12th floor, SJE Lounge. Social Justice Education, Departmental Orientation. Faculty, students and staff will be welcoming you into your program and to the department. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!