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Join professor Jamie Magnusson for an amazing self-defence workshop!

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Wonderful Women Writers Event: Oct 23

Dear all,

This is a reminder for our Wonderful Women Writers event coming up next Monday, October 23rd. Hope to see you there!

Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE)

Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 12:00pm – 5pm

Room 2-225, OISE, University of Toronto

Phone: 416-978-2080

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BLACK AT UOFT: Solidarity Action for Mizzou‏

The Centre for Women¹s Studies in Education is supporting the Black at UofT: Solidarity Action for Mizzou

What are the experiences of Black undergrads, grad students, faculty and staff at the University of Toronto? What does anti-Black racism look like within this institution?

With #BlackOnCampus events happening across university and college campuses nationally and internationally, black students and our allies in staff and faculty at the University of Toronto are coming together to challenge the anti-black racism within this institution. We stand in solidarity with black students across the united states that are in protest, currently experiencing anti-black racist violence and death threats by white supremacist groups on their campus for fighting back against the multiple forms of violence they experience daily for being black. From Toronto to Mizzou, we stand with you.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18th

Time: 11-1pm
Where: Meet in front of HartHouse

Our solidarity action will begin with a march throughout campus and end with a rally.


Feel free to bring banners and posters, with your messages of resistance and solidarity! We encourage you to share your stories with the#BeingBlackAtUofT hashtag! If you are a photographer/videographer, please come out and document!

FOR UTSC STUDENTS: Buses will be leaving for Hart House at 9:45am, and returning to the Scarborough Campus by 2pm. Please meet in front of the Old Gym.

We will not back down until the UofT Administration responds to our list of demands to address the systemic anti-blackness in this university.

Our Demands:
1. Stop the funding freeze to the Transitional Year Program. Increase its funding and provide it with standalone, autonomous space and the recognition it deserves as a pioneering program gifted to the University of Toronto from the Black community. The Transitional Year Program has helped hundreds of students over the years, and the systematic erasure of the program by the administration is shameful

2. Address the underrepresentation of Black administrators, faculty and teaching staff with the goal of increases the percentage of black faculty and staff members on all three campuses at least 5 (five) percent by 2017-18. One of the primary experiences students referenced was a frustration at never seeing themselves represented amongst even our teaching assistants, let alone their faculty and administration. This lack of representation, even in programs where we would expect to be represented. This is a major issue that the University of Toronto should investigate and seek to address, in the same manner as would be done if this was an issue of gender.

3. Intentionally address the underrepresentation of Black students, especially in professional programs and graduate programs. While the university often uses our images to promote itself as a diverse campus, our presence on campus is disproportionately small, especially in very expensive programs. You should begin by collecting census data, so that we can accurately assess and effectively address the issue. You should also create a strategic plan to increase retention rates for marginalized students, sustain diversity curriculum and training, and promote a more safe and inclusive campus by 2016-17.

4. Develop a two year plan to establish, adequately fund and support a standalone African & Caribbean Studies Department. Despite Canada¹s history with respect to enslavement, the benefits Canada received as a result of enslavement, the establishment of Black communities, Canada¹s continued direct involvement in the economics and politics of the Caribbean, Canada¹s role as a one of the most popular destinations for diasporic migrants of African descent, there is very little support given to the existing undergraduate African Studies and Caribbean Studies programs. Even more egregiously, there are no such programs in existence at the graduate level; an omission we doubt could occur with other regions of the world and be ignored in assessments of UofT¹s rankings.

5. Establish mandatory equity training for all faculty, students, governors, and all other administrative bodies. This entails mandatory anti-oppression training for all persons employed by the University, and an equity breadth requirement for all students.

In love, rage and solidarity,
Black family at UofT
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March 12: Spaces of Indigenous Artistry‏



The next session in our Women/Embodiment, Environments and the Arts Series is this Tuesday, March 12!

Spaces of Indigenous Artistry, with Dr. Jill Carter

Using her 2011 Nuit Blanche performance and embodied theatre practice, Dr. Carter will speak as an artist and educator on the necessity of decolonizing and reclaiming indigenous peoples’ space, as conceptualized through aesthetic strategies. Continue reading

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Our Women & the Environment Series Continues with a Screening of Toxic Trespass‏


Presenting session two of our Women/Embodiment, Environments, and the Arts series

A seminar series about creative physicality in reaction to, and construction of, blended social and designed environments.

Session Two: Screening of “Toxic Trespass”

In Toxic Trespass director Barri Cohen launches an investigation into the effects of the chemical soup around us, starting with her 10-year-old daughter, whose blood carries carcinogens like benzene and the long-banned DDT. Cohen then goes to Windsor and Sarnia, Canadian toxic hotspots, with startling clusters of deadly diseases.

January 24, 2013 12—1:30pm,

at the CWSE, room 2-227, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Free, bring your lunch! For more information:

Screening presented by Barri Cohen and Dr. Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg.

Barri Cohen is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and TV series producer. She won the Writers Guild of Canada award for Toxic Trespass. She will speak on the creation of this film.

Dr. Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg is the Executive Producer of Toxic Trespass and teaches environmental health and policy at OISE. She will speak to the films research and educational and activist uses.

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