OCAD U's 2017 Teaching Exhibition
The fourth annual OCAD U Teaching Exhibition was held from 9:30am - 3:30pm on Friday, January 20th, 2017. This one-day exhibition explored key issues in art and design higher education. Sessions were facilitated by faculty, for faculty and participants had opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary discussions with colleagues from across the institution.
For the complete list of sessions and presenters, please click here
Indigenous Cultural Competency Training
In alignment with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action regarding education and training, OCAD University partnered with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres(OFIFC) to provide Indigenous cultural competency training for faculty and academic administrators. Sessions were offered in December and February to approximately 100 OCAD U faculty and staff.
“At the heart of OFIFC’s Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (ICCT) is the strengthening of professional relationships between urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations and clients—a relationship built on the concept of trust, friendship, and mutual respect.” (text from the OFIFC website)
The training frames understandings of Indigenous peoples by working through a series of four questions, "Who are Indigenous peoples?", "Where have they been?", "Where are they going?" and finally "What are my responsibilities?” These questions create a critical pathway to action that re-centres "culture," informs relationship building, and enhances organizational programs and policy, resulting in increased overall cultural competency.