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Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review

Ryerson is embarking on a campus climate review of Anti-Black Racism (ABR). Nearly 10 years ago, an Anti-Racism Task Force released a report that gave insight to the campus’ climate. A few years later, the Black Liberation Collective - Ryerson, a student group, raised new concerns regarding the prevalence of Anti-Black Racism (ABR) on campus. Now in response, and as the 10th anniversary of that report approaches, Ryerson University is conducting a new Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review. Anyone from the Ryerson community who self-identifies as a Black person is welcome to participate in this review. 

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"It’s important to support this comprehensive Anti-Black racism campus climate review. It will allow us to examine the progress made since the release of the Anti-Racism Task Force report, to archive and address the specific experiences of Black people at Ryerson University, and to explore opportunities for growth as Ryerson moves forward into the next decade." - The Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review Working Group

During the recent Truth and Reconciliation Community Consultations, we all learned the value of hearing from a cross-section of voices to get a sharper picture of what’s happening on our campus.  In similar fashion, this ABR campus climate review will source multiple perspectives in an attempt to capture a detailed and accurate view of the conditions of Black communities at Ryerson.

When the process is complete, a report with recommendations and next steps will be presented to the University’s administration.  

Consultant

 
Denise O'Neil Green

Rinaldo Walcott

Professor and Director of Women and Gender Studies Institute Faculty of Arts and Sciences as well as a Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) all at the University of Toronto.

Rinaldo Walcott is the lead facilitator for Ryerson’s Anti-Black Racism Climate Review.  He is a Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Director of Women and Gender Studies Institute.  Rinaldo is also a member of the Graduate Program in Cinema Studies of Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto. Recognized as an international expert, his teaching and research is in the area of black diaspora cultural studies and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on questions of sexuality, gender, nation, citizenship and multiculturalism.

Focus Groups Schedule:

RFA Faculty and CUPE

RFA Faculty: 

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Friday April 5, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Centre for Urban Innovation, CUI 219
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Date: Wednesday April 3, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Centre for Urban Innovation, CUI 219
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Date: Thursday March 28, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Centre for Urban Innovation, CUI 219
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Date: Thursday March 28, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Centre for Urban Innovation, CUI 219
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Date: Tuesday March 19, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Student Campus Centre, Margaret Laurence room
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CUPE: 

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Thursday April 11, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Centre for Urban Innovation, CUI 219
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Date: Thursday April 11, 2019
Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Centre for Urban Innovation, CUI 219
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Date: Friday March 22, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Centre for Urban Innovation, CUI 219
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Staff

All Staff: 

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Tuesday April 16, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Jorgenson Hall, room JOR 1200
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Date: Friday April 12, 2019
Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Centre for Urban Innovation, CUI 219
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Date: Friday April 12, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Centre for Urban Innovation, CUI 219
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Date: Monday March 18, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Student Campus Centre, Margaret Laurence room
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Date: Friday March 8, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Jorgenson Hall, room JOR 1402
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Date: Friday March 8, 2019
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Jorgenson Hall, room JOR 1402
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Students

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Monday April 22, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Jorgenson Hall, JOR 1402
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Date: Wednesday April 10, 2019
Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Centre for Urban Innovation, CUI 219
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Date: Thursday April 4, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Centre for Urban Innovation, CUI 219
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FAQs or Feedback

Confidentiality agreement

Participant confidentiality is a priority for the Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review. All information shared with the Consultant will be reported in way that maintains participant anonymity.

If I can’t attend a scheduled Focus Group Session is there another way for me to be involved?

Focus group meetings for students, staff and faculty who identify as Black, are being held during the months of March and April. The dates for the focus groups are located under the Focus Groups Schedule section on the website. You may also share an experience with the consultant conducting the review at abr.review@ryerson.ca.

How will the data from the Review be used? Will the data be shared?

This is a qualitative review that involves focus groups and conversations with key informants from people who identify as Black from across the campus, as well as Ryerson alumni. A summary of the findings will be shared in a report to senior administration.

When will the report be published?

This is a qualitative review that involves focus groups and conversations with key informants from across the campus and the greater Toronto Black community. A summary of the findings will be shared in a report to senior administration.

If you have any questions or require any additional information about the Anti-Black Racism Climate Review, please contact us at, abr.review@ryerson.ca

ATTENTION:The focus groups for the Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review that are scheduled for Tuesday March 12, are cancelled.  The focus group meetings will be rescheduled.  Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.  - The Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review Working Group.