A new speaker series organized by the President’s Advisory Council on EDI and hosted by the VP Equity, People and Culture, Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek. The President’s Advisory Council on EDI is developing an institutional EDI Strategy, informed by speakers, research, practice, and community consultation.
These events are designed to inspire community members to action, to provoke thought and conversation across the York community about issues related to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
The speaker series for the 2021-22 academic year is complete. There are no more events planed for the 2022-22 academic year.
Inclusion Week 2022
The Centre for Human Rights, Equity, & Inclusion (REI) Inclusion Week series ran from February 28 to March 3, 2022. It featured free talks and interactive, skills-based workshops that explored solidarity and equitable sustainability.
Keynote (Insight Series):
The Call to Solidarity: Contingencies and Incongruities in Working Toward Justice
Solidarity has figured prominently in the wide range of responses to the many crises of recent years, including the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing anti-Black racism, colonization, climate catastrophe, and vast economic inequality. Calls to solidarity appeal to our sense of moral duty, group cohesion, and social justice, yet such calls are usually vague about what solidarity entails and abstracted from the realities of doing social justice work. What are the meanings of solidarity, and how might solidarity figure as a framework for working toward just, caring, equitable, and sustainable futures?
Who Get’s To Rest?
Labour is political, and so is rest. This panel invites speakers to engage in a thoughtful conversation about the question: “Who gets to rest?” through various critical perspectives.
Moderator: Carolina Ruiz, Communication and Education Advisor, Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion.
Solidarity and Liberation – How do we Organize Across Difference?
Struggles for racial justice and liberation are made possible through the efforts of organized and dedicated people who identify overlapping interests and find common causes, even when their perspectives may differ. Beyond holding a belief that a better world is possible, struggles undertaken in solidarity involve dialogue, mutual support, and the recognition of interdependence.
This panel discussion on solidarity will include explorations of historic and current, global and local efforts toward building more equitable and caring futures.