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The language of equity and diversity in the academy

Malinda S. Smith, Vice-President, Equity Issues

“The term diversity is ubiquitous in university mission statements, strategic plans, recruitment brochures, and university websites.” This observation led two scholars to analyse more closely how the language of diversity is used in various university texts and contexts. Their findings recently were published in an international journal on diversity. The article compares the language of diversity used by elite universities in the United States and the United Kingdom, and offers insights for Canadian universities and colleges.

What are universities or...

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ASPP-funded author wins the 2010 Governor General’s Award for French-language non-fiction

By: Kel Morin-Parsons, Manager of ASPP

Michel Lavoie’s C’est ma seigneurie que je réclame : la lutte des Hurons de Lorette pour la seigneurie de Sillery,1650-1900, is the winner of the 2010 Governor General’s Award for French-language non-fiction.  The jury had this to say about this work, published by Les Éditions du Boréal:  “Supported by an enormous amount of archival research, this historical work by Michel...

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Indigenizing the academy: Insurgent education and the roles of Indigenous intellectuals

Jeff Corntassel, University of Victoria
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s ‘Transforming the Academy: Indigenous Education’ series, which will be the focus of the Portfolio’s programming at Congress 2011.

When I’m not on my home Cherokee territory, I always start my talks by acknowledging that I’m a visitor on a particular Indigenous nation’s (or nations’) homeland.  Folks have asked me over the years why I do this and my answer is always simple: It is to honor the ongoing relationships that Indigenous peoples have with their homelands –...

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Leading on equity and diversity matters: Yes we can, and yes we will!

Malinda S. Smith, Vice-President, Equity Issues

Canada’s rapidly changing demographic reality is shaped by globalization, migration and diversity. Our population growth is driven by racialised (visible) minorities and Aboriginal people. Currently constituting 4.1 percent of the overall population, census data show Aboriginal people, particularly Inuit and First Nations, are growing at twice the rate of the general population. When Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation...

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A call for dialogue: Race, representation and media

Patrick Case, Director, Human Rights and Equity Office, University of Guelph
Guest Contributor

A recent magazine article on Asian students has stirred a heated debate about balancing freedom of expression with protecting Canadians from discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. The article sparked a debate about possible limits to speech in a country which prides itself on its ability to integrate peoples and beliefs from every corner of the world. That this debate is taking place should be no surprise; balancing freedom of expression with media representations of race, ethnicity and religion is at the forefront of everyday...

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