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Federation’s VP-Equity receives award

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Federation would like to extend deep congratulations to Malinda S. Smith, vice-president of Equity Issues, on receiving the Anti-Racism Award 2010 (individual category). Awarded by the Centre for Race and Culture (formerly the Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations), the Anti-Racism Award recognizes contributions to end racism in Edmonton. The award will be presented as part of the CRC’s gala banquet marking the International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination. Malinda’s work on critical approaches to race, gender and social justice has connected her to the university and beyond. Here at the Federation, she most recently launched the Equity Matters online conversation, consisting of blog posts from academics across Canada exploring current equity issues.

Malinda has also been the driving force behind bringing equity issues to the Congress of the Humanities and Social Science - where she has led the development of programming on race, gender and academia. Congratulations on a job well-done and an award well-deserved!

The Federation would like to extend deep congratulations to Malinda S. Smith, vice-president of Equity Issues, on receiving the Anti-Racism Award 2010 (individual category). Awarded by the Centre for Race and Culture (formerly the Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations), the Anti-Racism Award recognizes contributions to end racism in Edmonton. The award will be presented as part of the CRC’s gala banquet marking the International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination.

Malinda’s work on critical approaches to race, gender and social justice has connected her to the university and beyond. Here at the Federation, she most recently launched the Equity Matters online conversation, consisting of blog posts from academics across Canada exploring current and important equity issues. Malinda has also been the driving force behind bringing equity issues to the Congress of the Humanities and Social Science - where she has led the development of programming on race, gender and academia.

Congratulations on a job well-done and an award well-deserved!

From the CRC’s release about the award:

About the Award

The Centre for Race and Culture (formerly the Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations) sponsors the annual March 21 Campaign to increase understanding about racism in our society. For the past several years we have honoured individuals and groups who have made significant contributions toward racial and cultural equity in Edmonton. We take nominations from our membership, and have a committee that reviews nominations and decides who the award winners will be for the year.

There are 4 categories of Anti-Racism Awards: individual, youth, organizations, and institutions. The awards are formally presented at our Campaign Gala - this year the Gala will be held on the evening of March 20. Dr. Malinda Smith has been selected as the Anti-Racism Award winner in the "individual" category for 2010.

About the Recipient

Dr Smith's research interests include critical approaches to race, gender and social justice. As the University of Alberta's appointed representative to the City of Edmonton's working group for the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racial Discrimination, Dr. Smith's scholarship was integral to the development of the Racism Free Edmonton Action Plan approved by City Council. She is an engaged scholar with significant service within and beyond the University. She is a former Board member of the Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations and is co-founder of the Anti-Racism and Decolonization Network. Currently Dr. Smith serves on the Steering Committee of Researchers and Academics of Colour For Equality/Equity (R.A.C.E.) and as the the vice-president for Equity Issues with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, a membership-based organization that is made up of 69 scholarly associations, 75 universities and colleges and 7 affiliate organizations, representing more than 50,000 scholars, students and practitioners. In September 1998 Dr Smith was the recipient of the Black Achievement Award Society of Alberta's Academic Achievement Award (Educator category).

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