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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
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    October 02, 2018
    Dr. Njoki Wane receives African Scholars Award
    Professor Njoki Wane recently received an African Scholars Award - a recognition given to faculty, students, alumni and community leaders by the African Alumni Association at U of T.
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    September 28, 2018
    Professor Lauren Bialystok discusses Ontario reverting to outdated sex-ed curriculum in Washington Post
    OISE Professor Lauren Bialystok discusses the Ontario provincial government's recent announcement that it was scrapping the sex-education curriculum updated in 2015 and replacing it with a version from 1998. Bialystok says the rollback would put the health and safety of children at risk and lead them to adopt "dangerous conceptions of sexuality, consent and body image." Read more at Washington Post.
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    August 14, 2018
    OISE professors receive prestigious SSHRC grants to fuel research in Social Justice Education
    Congratulations to Social Justice Education Professors Njoki Wane, Abigail Bakan, John Portelli and George Dei for receiving the 2018 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants.
    Professor Megan Boler also received the Connection SSHRC grant, which supports research with intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence that impacts the exchange of research knowledge.

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!