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When: April 12, 2022 10AM-12PM

Register here: https://bit.ly/PandemicDesign

The event will feature guest talks, discussion and a Q & A session with Dr. Gary Bloch, Tai Huynh and Sophia Ikura. The Q & A will be moderated by INCD Student Japjot Singh and DHEA student Beverly Freedman. An ASL interpreter will be present for accessibility purposes. If you have any questions or require any accommodations, please contact Josh Paglione jpaglione@ocadu.ca or Meichen Waxer mwaxer@ocadu.ca.

Dr. Gary Bloch, Family Physician with St. Michael’s Hospital and Inner City Health Associates

Gary Bloch is a family physician with St. Michael’s Hospital and Inner City Health Associates, and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.  His clinical, program innovation, education, research, policy and advocacy interests focus on the intersection between primary care, health equity and the social determinants of health.  He is an AMS Phoenix Fellow and a Senior Fellow with the Wellesley Institute.

Tai Huynh, Creative Director, UHN OpenLab and Editor, The Local Magazine

Tai Huynh creative director at OpenLab, a design and innovation centre at the University Health Network. He’s also editor-in-chief of The Local Magazine and co-founder of Choosing Wisely Canada. Tai has an MDes degree from OCAD University.

Sophia Ikura, Executive Director Common Solutions Lab 

Sophia launched Health Commons to dedicate space to building practical solutions that address health disparities. The mission and vision for the Lab is the culmination of 18+ years of learning in health and social policy. Prior to this, Sophia was the Senior Director of Strategy and Community Engagement for health services planning in Toronto. She served as Senior Policy Advisor to three Ministers of Health and as Senior Health Advisor to the Premier of Ontario.

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Pandemic Design: Reflections and Paths Forwards. Sharing experiences of Pandemic related challenges, interventions, resilience, and success.

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Dr. Srivastava’s Presentation
"You're calling me a racist?”: The Emotional Landscape of Racial Encounters

Why have decades of anti-racism workshops and diversity policies failed to challenge racism? Deeply divisive conflicts over racism have been among the strongest challenges facing organizations in North America and Europe over the last three decades, yet progress towards diversity and equality has been slow and uneven. Sarita Srivastava’s forthcoming book, ‘You’re Calling Me a Racist?’, unpacks the emotional and moral preoccupations that lead us to greater conflict, drain our energy and divert our resources.

“You’re calling me a racist?” is the familiar emotional response that derails most attempts at anti-racism. Sometimes it is an angry retort. At other times, it’s a shocked, tearful or shame-faced response. In all cases, whether in a diversity workshop, a political debate, a classroom, or a community dialogue, these kinds of personalized sentiments divert energy from the practical work that needs to be done in moving towards racial justice.

Approaches to diversity and equity are too often governed by what Sarita Srivastava calls feel-good racial politics—the desire to both feel good and to be good, rather than to make concrete organizational changes. The recent exponential rise in workshops and books that propose a therapeutic and pedagogical approach means that we are in danger of repeating these same mistakes.

Dr Nicoll’s Presentation
Anti-Racism Beyond Racial Fictions of Fragility: Challenging the Epistemological and Affective Grounds of the White Possessive

Over a decade ago, I explored the affectively charged atmosphere of discussions about race and whiteness in and beyond the university classroom, encapsulated in the following question: ‘Are you calling me a racist?’ (Nicoll, 2004). Several weeks ago, President Trump declared several times during a televised debate that he was ‘the least racist person in the room’ (Politico, 2020). What has persisted and what has changed in the ways that concepts like whiteness and structural racism circulate politically, in legacy and social media, and within our everyday lives? This short talk will identify and contest an enduring preoccupation in white anti-racist scholarship with being right and/or feeling good, with reference to popular research that attempts to reconcile white privilege with subjective states of vulnerability and fragility (Di Angelo, 2015, Brown 2018). Drawing on Moreton-Robinson’s concept of the white possessive (2015) and Sara Ahmed’s research on the cultural politics of emotion (2014) I explore seductions and pitfalls of these accounts of white virtue and fragility. The second part of the talk considers how decolonial processes of Indigenous resurgence and intersectional anti-racist activism and scholarship are actively reshaping the language through which knowledge is created and disseminated about what it means to be human amid catastrophic climate change, a global pandemic, and reinvigorated and organized platforms promoting white supremacism and misogyny. The final section touches on the work of art in providing an accessible and powerful meta-language to devalue the currency of white racializing epistemologies and affects.

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About the speakers

Dr. Fiona Nicoll is a professor in the Faculty of Arts (Political Science) at the University of Alberta. She is also a founding member of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association and edited its inaugural issue in 2005. She has a track record of working with Indigenous leaders, artists and academics, through social history curation, collaborative arts projects, teaching and joint research projects. She has published on Indigenous gambling in Australia and North America and brings expertise in critical race and whiteness studies, and the role of arts in creating and transforming knowledge, within and across conflict zones in settler-colonial states. The rigorous mentorship of Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, in particular, has guided her research contributions to critical race and whiteness studies over two decades. Full biography

Dr. Sarita Srivastava is Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, OCAD University. In her previous position as Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Gender Studies, Queen’s University, she developed graduate seminars in Transnational Theories of Race, Gender and Sexuality and undergraduate seminars such as race, sex and the body, and race gender and nation, and taught a Social Justice Practicum for many years. She was a founding Chair of the Equity Committee in the Department of Sociology. Full biography

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Dr. Malinda S. Smith is the inaugural Vice Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and a political science professor at the University of Calgary. She is a former Vice President Equity Issues for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and currently serves as Chair of its Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization. Full biography

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Dr. Sarita Srivastava, Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD U, and Dr. Fiona Nicoll, Faculty of Arts (Political Science), University of Alberta, present and have a dialogue unpacking the emotions around racism, anti-racism and unpack concepts like “white fragility” and the “white possessive. Moderated by Dr. Malinda S. Smith, Vice Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), University of Calgary, presented by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at uCalgary.

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Presented by: the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI)

Join the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) team for a friendly hello! And to chat about:

  • What is the ODESI office? and how we build a culture of equity and sustainability at OCAD U
  • What is discrimination? And ways we support students who have an experience of harm  
  • How you can get involved with social justice initiatives on campus  
  • Share about projects, issues or movements that are important to you
  • Learn about potential work or volunteer opportunities with the ODESI office

If you would like to learn more about the ODESI office, but the scheduled time does not work for you, or you'd prefer another way to connect (like email, or a phone call), email Shamina Chherawala, Programs, Outreach & Human Rights Advisor, ODESI (schherawala@ocadu.ca), who will get back to you.

Participate in this meet and greet for a chance to win a pair of ROM passes, courtesy of Royal Ontario Museum!

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Duration: 60 minutes

Delivery Platform: Microsoft Teams
Sign up to participate: follow this link to the event registration page. Select the date AND select the time. Fill in your name and OCAD U 365 email address and submit!

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CampusLifeConnect@ocaduniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/GFby-4MZ3EemVNp_Q2h8Yg2

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OCAD University is reinforcing its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within research with a grant from the federal government. The university has received $384,700 in funding over two years as part of a new program aimed at helping universities and colleges make the research community more diverse. The pilot program, Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada, was launched today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport.

The program aims to address systemic barriers, particularly those experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups, including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities.

OCAD U’s project, co-led by Robert Luke, Vice President, Research and Innovation and Amanda Hotrum, Director, Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, is titled “Building Institutional Capacity for Research, Equity, Decolonization, Diversity & Inclusion (REDDI).” The project extends the EDI to include decolonization, a key priority of the university’s Academic Plan, Strategic Research Plan, and its commitment to social and academic innovation.

The REDDI project will produce curriculum and training for all faculty and staff on equity issues as it pertains to engaging in research activities. The project will create a more supportive and inclusive research environment for all equity-seeking groups, including Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, people with disabilities, women, the neurodiverse, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, and two-spirit.

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On Tuesday, March 12, OCAD University’s most outstanding student leaders for the academic year 2018/19 were celebrated at our annual Student Recognition awards dinner.

Coordinated by OCAD U's Campus Life office and generously hosted in the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) in their new space on the third floor of the Experiential Learning Centre in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, the dinner was catered by Pow Wow Café with Indigenous inspired cuisine. The dinner honoured the contributions of the university’s peer mentors, student groups and other student leaders for excellence in diversity and equity, as student employees, and Indigenous student leadership.  

Emceed by Campus Life international student monitor Monica Zhong, remarks were given by the President, Dr. Sara Diamond, representatives of the Student Union and Interim Vice-President, Academic & Provost Caroline Langill. OCAD U’s student representatives on governance bodies, peer mentors, peer wellness educators in the Health & Wellness Centre, student group leaders were all acknowledged for their great work. Peer mentors Danielle ColemanPatricia LukDaniel Naraindasand Kenny Tranwere all recognized for serving three or more years with a special commitment pin. 

Additionally, awards selected through a nominations process were given out for several categories. 

Ahmad El Sarraff - Student Group Leader Award Farah Basha and Sabid Ali of OCAD U’s Imagination Catalyst announced Ahmad as the recipient the Student Group Leader Award for his work leading OCAD U’s Muslim Student Association (MSA). This award is presented to a group leader who, through facilitation and involvement, demonstrates outstanding contributions, commitment and support to their group members and the OCAD University community.

Ahmad was recognized for his strong leadership skills and dedication to the MSA, where he has demonstrated professionalism in coordinating regular meetings with best practices like using agendas contributed to by the team. He contributed to rewriting the MSA’s constitution, coordinated various fundraisers and potlucks, and Islamophobia and bystander intervention workshops, and is noted for his patience and willingness to work with others. 

Salisa Jatuweeapong and Roshan Thiruchelvam - Peer Mentor Excellence Awards The awards were supported and presented by David Thomas of OCAD U’s Alumni Association and Sandra Janzen, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving.

Salisa was recognized forher timely and effective communications, for being open to and encouraging, face-to-face meetings, for her genuine interest in getting to know mentees personally, for demonstrating knowledge and insight on curriculum, and for highlighting the benefits of community involvement as a resource leading to success. 

Roshan was recognized for his patient, inclusive approach, and the wealth of knowledge and insight he shared as a mentor. He was also recognized for his caring and encouraging nature, his initiative to help mentees navigate the university, its systems and programs, and off-campus community resources.

Nora Bahgat - Diversity & Excellence Student Award This award acknowledges an outstanding student whose advocacy and leadership promote and advance human rights, equity and social justice. 

Nora was honoured for her work as a Peer Health Educator in OCAD U’s Health & Wellness Centre (HWC), where she has been involved in the Centre’s Cooking and Journaling Clubs. She has also contributed to OCAD Student Union’s Hot Lunch, where she promotes equitable access to nutritious meals, inclusive of gluten-free and vegan options. She has also held active roles with outreach events such as Willows for Wellness and the peer thesis Midnight Project. Nora consistently promotes inclusion and well-being, working towards equity and advocating for marginalized communities. Her work as a board member on the MSA included coordinating a campus workshop on Islamophobia and bystander intervention. She is dedicated to identifying barriers of inclusion and advocates for ways to make OCAD U programming more inclusive and welcoming for Muslim students and students with physical disabilities.

The award was presented to Nora by Gino Marocco and Roshan Thiruchelvam of the Student Union, with Victoria Ho from OCAD U’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives.

Megan Feheley - Indigenous Student Leader Award This award, presented for the first time, recognizes an outstanding Indigenous student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills by actively participating in and contributing to the Indigenous student community at OCAD U. Melissa General and Connor Pion from OCAD U’s Indigenous Student Centre honoured Megan as the first recipient of this new award.  Megan was honoured for their contributions as a core member of the Indigenous Students Association and deep involvement, commitment and engagement in Indigenous student event planning, community building and advocacy. Megan has contributed an immense amount of time, labour and love into the community at OCAD U, which is reflected in the many events, shows, student feasts and socials, both on and off of campus, that they have taken part in and/or organized. Megan has participated in, and/or co-organized and co-facilitated Indigenous student exhibitions (Primitive, 2016, Arrive, 2017, and Flux Refusal 2018) as well as student social events such as Creative Native Nights, Halloween parties and end of semester feasts. They have also worked as a Student Monitor at the Indigenous Student Centre, where they go above and beyond to assist with the daily upkeep of the centre, as well as supporting their peers. 

Amanda Amour-Lynx received an honourable mention for the Indigenous Student Leadership Award. 

Setayesh Babaei (Fatemeh) and Danielle Coleman - Student Employee Excellence Awards Also new this year, this award acknowledges the considerable contributions made by OCAD U student employees (monitors) towards the operations of the university by recognizing student employee excellence, achievement, leadership and skills development. The first ever Student Employee Excellence Awards were presented to Setayesh Babaei (Fatemeh) and Danielle Coleman by Interim Vice-President, Academic & Provost Caroline Langill and Assistant Director of Human Resources, Connie Arezes-Reis.

Setayesh has been employed as a student monitor in various areas (Admissions, Onsite Gallery, Student Union) where she demonstrated strong dedication, commitment, professionalism and high quality work. Her imaginative creativity and ease with collaboration across disciplines have contributed to the efficiency and effectiveness of OCAD U operations and services. Her positive and enthusiastic persona, demeanor, and high level of inclusivity and respect help create a safe, friendly and encouraging environment. She is noted as a tremendous role model who embodies OCAD U’s fundamental values and themes.

Danielle is high-spirited, warm and dedicated. Approachable and knowledgeable, Danielle brings a strong sense of pride and leadership to her work and campus involvement. She has held an active position at Ignite Gallery for three years, mentoring and supporting other student monitors. She has provided support for the Drawing & Painting program Chair and student representative for Drawing & Painting Thesis. She speaks eloquently to the benefits of attending OCAD U. As Career Ambassador in the CEAD and peer mentor, she supports the success of her peers, makes connections, and supports the skill development of her classmates. Danielle’s positive attitude creates a safe space for diversity, wellness and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Honourable mentions for the Student Employee Award for 2018/19 are Christina Castellano, Michaela Coyoli Basman Monterrubio, Melissa Gaa, Sabrina Iacono and Nomi Juhasz.

Nora Bahgat and Joel Lee - Excellence in Student Leadership Awards Finally, this new award recognizes the outstanding contributions of student leaders across the university in a variety of contexts, including (but not limited to) representing student perspectives in positions on OCAD U committees, working groups, task forces, governance bodies (such as the Senate or Board of Governors), or through publications, advocacy groups or the Student Union. President Diamond and Deanne Fisher, Vice-Provost, Students & International awarded the final awards of the evening to Nora Bahgat and Joel Lee. 

Nora was honoured for her work for her active roles as a Peer Health Educator in the HWC, the Student Union’s Hot Lunch program, her involvement in the Willows for Wellness event, her commitments as a board member for the Muslim Students Association, and her approaches to advocating for marginalized communities. 

Joel is noted for his deep belief in reciprocity and commitment to sharing knowledge, contributing towards his strengths as a student leader and community member. He is involved in variety of projects, programs and services on campus. As a student monitor, he is involved in a cross-disciplinary collaboration with Writing & Learning Centre, and Editor-in-Chief of NEST literary journal, a Writing Across the Curriculum initiative. He was also a Student Career Ambassador in the CEAD, where he was instrumental in providing a student’s perspective in the creation of new tools and resources for experiential learning projects and the new Work/Place program. His dedication to advancement and community galvanizes his peers to connect and take advantage of opportunities across campus and beyond.

Honourable mentions for the Excellence in Student Leadership Award for 2018/19 are Khadija Aziz, Setayesh Babaei (Fatemeh), Uttara Ghodke and Roshan Thiruchelvam.

Thank you! OCAD U’s Campus Life office extends a sincere thank you to everyone who contributed to our selection committees: Connie Arezes-Reis, Farah Basha, Lynn D’Souza, Deanne Fisher, Melissa General, Alex Hong, Amanda Hotrum, Brent Everett James, Tori Maas, Nadia McLaren, Sarah Mulholland, Robyn Shaw, Roshan Thiruchelvam, B.h. Yael and Monica Zhong.

The event would not be possible without the generous financial support of the Alumni Association, Alumni Relations, Financial Aid & Awards, the Indigenous Student Centre, the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the OCAD Student Union, the Imagination Catalyst, and the offices of the President, the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, and the Vice-Provost, Students & International.

Watch for the 2019/20 academic year student recognition nominations period to open in the new year 2020, and consider nominating a student you know for these important accolades.

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