The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities
The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are promoted and racism doesn’t exist. In reality, the university still excludes many people and is a site of racialization that is subtle, complex, and sophisticated. While some studies do point to the persistence of systemic barriers to equity and diversity in higher education, in-depth analyses of racism, racialization, and Indigeneity in the academy are more notable for their absence. The Equity Myth is the first comprehensive, data-based study of racialized and Indigenous faculty members’ experiences in Canadian universities.
Malinda Smith is a Professor in the University of Calgary’s Political Science Department and the Vice Provost for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Carl James is the Senior Advisor on Equity and Representation in the Office of the Vice President of Equity, People and Culture at York University. He is also the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora and a professor in the Faculty of Education.
Francis Henry is one of Canada’s leading scholars in the academic study of race, racism, and anti-racism. She is a professor emerita in the Department of Anthropology at York University.
Other publications from this author include:
- Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy: Teaching, Learning, and Researching while Black (2022)
- Colour Matters: Essays on the Experiences, Education, and Pursuits of Black Youth (2021)
- Life at the Intersection: Community, Class and Schooling (2012)
- "Students 'at risk': Stereotyping and Schooling of Black Boys" in Urban Education 47 (2), 464-494 (2012)
- Africa, Including Securing Africa: Post-9/11 Discourses on Terrorism. (2010)
- Making It: Black Youth, Racism and Career Aspirations in a Big City (2010)
- Beyond the 'African Tragedy': Discourses on Development and the Global Economy (2006)
- Globalizing Africa (2003)
- Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race, Ethnicity and Culture (1999)
- Perspectives on Racism and the Human Services Sector: A Case for Change (1996)