Upcoming Events

September

Changing The Narrative: A Discussion On Anti-Black Racism In Academia – Time To Pay Homage To Black Scholarship In Academia

Event description


The contributions of Black scholarship in academia is heavily ignored through course delivery and then absent from the knowledge exchange of Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) students’. The dominant narrative has been and continues to be, white ideological, academic literature. In this normalcy of education, many Black students are left with gaps in their learning, particularly about Black literature. For instance, histories on African social discourses can play a vital role in defining African descent people’s identities. However, due to the absence of Black academic thought, there alleviates the opportunity for Black people to know the relevance of Black academic literature. Purposely ignoring Black scholarship, many ACB people and the broader diverse community members remain ignorant of how Black scholarship has made historical contributions to the world. Instead, people worldwide only know Blackness and all its forms only though negative and stereotypical assertions.

Black scholarship is deemed unimportant to many Canadians, and unfortunately, insignificant to many Black Canadians as they are never provided with the information about Black academic thought. Do you know who Carl James, Tamari Kitossa, Andrea Davis, or Afua Cooper? Do you know how their work has impacted Canadian academia in a positive and still does to this day?


With this in mind, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) has organized a discussion on Anti-Black Racism In Academia: Time To Pay Homage To Black Scholarship.

Our goal is to address the impact of anti-Black racism and its effects on Black literature. Specifically, we encourage ACB students and community members to be open to receive Black thought, which has been stripped from the black community due to the persistence of a white ideology that is anti-Black.

Who?

This event is open to all students from high school to all levels of post-secondary institutions.

NOTE** High school students will be guided through this event with the help of the ACMP high school coordinators.

Back to School Giveaway
The first 10 high school students to register will win an entry for a chance to win a $50 Chapters Indigo gift card.
The first 20 post-secondary students to register will win an entry for a chance to win a $200 book bursary.

Bonus:
You win 1 extra entry by following us on our social media platforms
You win 2 entries by sharing our recent post in your story and tagging us.

The 2 winners will be contacted directly via email.

a) How?

-Play short video about Frantz Fanon (Black Skin White Masks)
-Read quotes from Black scholars & bio about black scholars
-Discussion on how to locate Black Canadian scholars in post-secondary institutions.

-Open groups discussion


Guiding questions:

After receiving tonight information, what does Black academic thought mean to you?
How Can you use Black literature in your work to inform your essays/arguments in academic writing?
How do you view Black scholarship relevant during our current moments?

b) Why?

In doing so, we will address the following:

– The detrimental effects of anti-black racism on ACB students’ knowledge exchange regarding Black scholarship.
– Address how the white settler ideology strips the Black people of their identity.
– Acknowledge and address micro and macro aggressions in education, which impact Black students.

Where?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this session will be held online https://zoom.us/j/96121449275
NOTE**The password will be sent the night before the event: Sunday, September 27th

When?

Changing the Narrative, on Monday, September 28th at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, will be a 1-hour and 30 mins event.

Reserve your tickets via Eventbrite:
https://antiblackracisminacademia.eventbrite.ca

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