Creating a space for BIPOC to strengthen their social positionality

The purpose of this workshop is to have a space available for BIPOC students to learn, share and strengthen their social positionality; resulting in dismantling the white, patriarchal, eurocentric structure imposed by academic institutions.

We firmly believe that the only way to change such a white institution is by unpacking and dismantling it, putting BIPOCs’ knowledge, race, historical trauma, and differences at the center of the dismantling process. But before we are able to do that, we need to support BIPOC people to share, learn, unpack, and strengthen their own social positionality, unpacking and deconstructing centuries of receiving white and western education.

Workshop titles:

1. What is Race? In this workshop, we provide a brief introduction to the concept of race and its history. In doing so, we examine present-day racism and how it bears similarities to its roots.

2. Introduction to Intersectionality. Intersectionality has become one of the latest buzzwords, but what does it mean? In this workshop, we introduce the concept of intersectionality and review the scholars that first advocated for it.

3. Decolonizing Education. Drawing on the works of BIPOC scholars, we highlight the importance of their contributions. Moreover, we examine the need for decolonized education.

4. The Many Forms of Racism. In this workshop, we explore the many ways racism manifests itself. We look at the differences between systemic, systematic, explicit, and implicit racism.

5. Environmental Racism. In our final workshop, we take a sociological and anthropological approach to explore how communities of people of colour are impacted disproportionately by environmental concerns like pollution and water scarceness. Using present day examples, we analyze and discuss the reasons behind this phenomenon.

This workshop has been developed and will be facilitated by Karine Coen-Sanchez-PhD Candidate and a certification will be offered at the end of the workshop by Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG)

Dates and Times

Wednesday, 15 February 2023 9:30 AM
Friday, 17 February 2023 9:30 AM
Wednesday, 1 March 2023 9:30 AM
Wednesday, 8 March 2023 9:30 AM
Friday, 10 March 2023 4:00 PM

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