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Blackout Series

Hosted by the Black History Awareness Committee, the Blackout events are a series of panels that focus on the misrepresentation and erasure of racialized peoples in mainstream aspects of society.

Blackout: Who’s missing in education?

The panel discussion will critically examine the absence, erasure and misrepresentation of Black community members as students, staff, and faculty in education systems.
  • WHAT:
    Blackout: Who’s missing in education?
  • DATE:
    November 19 2015
  • TIME:
    5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • WHERE:
    Heaslip House, 7th floor
    297 Victoria Street
  • OPEN TO:
    Ryerson Community
    Jasmine Chaykowsky
    Intake and Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7494


Professor Akua Benjamin – School of Social Work , Ryerson University


Claudine Tyrell - Coordinator, Guidance, Career and Adolescent Development,
Toronto District School Board

Professor George Sefa Dei - Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies
(O.I.S.E.) in Education, University of Toronto

Marlon Redley - Educator, Toronto District School Board, Ryerson Alumni, 2013

Blackout: Who’s missing in STEM careers?

This panel discussion will provide critically examine the absence, erasure and misrepresentation of the Black community from science, technology, engineering and mathematics as career options.
  • WHAT:
    Blackout: Who’s missing in STEM careers?
  • DATE:
    November 13 2013
  • TIME:
    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • WHERE:
    Thomas Lounge, Oakham House


Moderator: Emerson Ganapatsingh, Ryerson engineering alumni, engineering technologist at Lineman’s Testing Laboratories of Canada and the founder and president of the Ryerson Engineering Alumni Association

Jessica Kubik, student, Electrical Engineering

Emily Agard, professor and coordinator, Office of Science Outreach and Enrichment in the Faculty of Science, Ryerson University

Joseph Amankrah, technical officer, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University and chairperson, Camara Skills Training Network

Carole Chauncey, professor emeritus (ITM), Ted Rogers School of Business Management and recipient of the Dr. Carrie Best Award - the faculty award at the First Viola Desmond Day Awards Ceremony.