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Addressing and Confronting Anti-Blackness at UofT

August 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Date: Thursday August 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Link: www.facebook.com/utgsu/live/

The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) invites you to join our panel discussion on combatting anti-Black racism at the University of Toronto.

While the legacies of colonialism and white supremacy at the University of Toronto continue to impact students, it is vital that we organize to create a campus that is safe and accessible for all Black students.

The discussion will focus on financial barriers and access to education, the lack of tenured Black faculty and removing the University of Toronto’s Campus Police department.

Jacqui Spencer (she/her), UTGSU’s External Commissioner’s portfolio specifically addresses social justice and equity. Jacqui is currently entering her 4th year as a PhD student in Social Justice Education at OISE, focusing on Black Women’s Hair Politics, Traumas and Triumphs. Jacqui takes a community holistic approach to learning and is focused primarily on the empowerment of Black women and girls through discussions and education in anti-Black racism discourses.

Brie Berry Crossfield (she/her) is a communications and education specialist, with a focus on equity and public education. Both her non-profit and academic work is influenced by her deep commitment to an Anti-Racist and Feminist politic – Brie believes that there is always a possibility for changing the world as we know it. Brie completed her Master of Education in Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto (OISE) in 2018. Now that she has some spare time, Brie likes reading, putting things in her online cart that she will never buy and pretending that she will eventually do her PhD.

Andrea Vásquez Jiménez (she/her) is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of LAEN (Latinx, Afro-Latin-America, Abya Yala Education Network), was a lead organizer for the successful removal of the TDSB School Resource Officer program in 2017, and is currently a lead provincial organizer for the #PoliceFreeSchoolsONWide campaign. Andrea holds an MEd from the Social Justice Education program at the OISE/U of T.

Lwanga Gasuza Musisi (he/him) is approaching his fourth year as a PhD candidate at OISE, UofT in the Social Justice Education program. As the University Governance Commissioner, he liaises with UofT’s administration representing graduate students on University decision-making bodies for issues of relevance to graduate students. Lwanga’s key focus areas are: inclusivity, disability studies, equity and social justice reforms, anti-colonial, anti-racist, Pan-African thought and action to mention but a few. Lwanga’s current research is on the Ugandan Education System & the Experience of Autism: Decolonizing Education with Disability Studies.

We will be streaming the conversation live through the UTGSU Facebook: www.facebook.com/utgsu/live/

Please note that you can watch a live video without having a facebook account.

If you have accessibility requests or would like more information about the event, please email executivedirector@utgsu.ca


August 13, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm