« Older Entries

Benefit concert – Stronger Together

We all saw the devastation caused by the 2017 hurricane season. Many Caribbean islands are still struggling to pick up the pieces. Join us on June 1st @ 19:30 for a benefit concert in support of Anguilla, Barbuda, Dominica, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. We know that we are stronger together. Let’s get together to lift each other up.

 

It’s not too late!

 

For those of you who missed our screening of Tickling Giants on October 27th, 2017, we’ve got you covered. Media@McGill is presenting Bassem Youssef: “Tickling Giants” – Public Talk & Dialogue with Ehab Latoyef. Reserve your seat now before they are all gone!

Film Screening – Tickling Giants

Join us on Friday, October 27th, 2017 for a free screening of Tickling Giants.

For more information, check out our Facebook event.

The event is free, but space is limited. Make sure to get your ticket!

 

Tackling unconscious bias

Unconscious bias training module

The Canadian Government and the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) recently launched a detailed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan “to ensure institutions have greater accountability in terms of meeting their equity targets.” One of the items included in the plan was a commitment to “Provide training on unconscious bias for governance committee and peer review committee members.”

The full multi-objective training module is now available on the CRCP website. Although this training is intended to reduce Bias in the Peer Review process, the information can be applied to any situation where unconscious bias affects access and inclusion.

Check out the training module here.

 

You’re wwwelcome, wwworld!

Photo credit: Internet Hall of Fame

You may not know Alan Emtage, but if you managed to find this blog post, you know his work. This year, the Internet Hall of Fame finally recognized one of the great innovators of the Internet Age. I must admit, I assumed this had already been done. Alan Emtage not only created and implemented the world’s first Internet search engine during his time as a McGill student, but after completing his M. S. in Computer Science in 1991, he chaired the committee at the Internet Engineering Task Force that established the standard for Uniform Resource Locators, aka URLs.

Since 1998, he has been a partner at Mediapolis, Inc., where he lends his considerable talents to everything from small non-profit organizations to large multi-national corporations. In 1999, DataLounge, a website operated by Mediapolis, won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LGBT Interactive Media.

Read more about Alan Emtage here.

Read about Alan Emtage’s induction into the Internet Hall of Fame here.

Read about Mediapolis, Inc. here and DataLounge here.

Dr. Charmaine Nelson takes Canada’s slave history to Harvard

Charmaine Nelson – McGill Faculty of Arts

It is 2017 and Dr. Charmaine Nelson is the only Black tenured professor of art history in Canada. The lack of Black representation among Canadian tenure stream academics isn’t all that surprising; most Canadians don’t even know that Blacks have a history in Canada. Unfortunately, this unacknowledged legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, and systemic discrimination is observable in almost every sphere of Canadian society. Fortunately, we have scholars such as Dr. Nelson who are willing to shine a light into that darkness.

For the next year, Dr. Charmaine Nelson will continue her research on fugitive slave advertisements while teaching at Harvard as the William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair for Canadian Studies.

Congratulations, Charmaine!

Read more about Dr. Charmaine Nelson’s journey to Harvard here.

REP gets a garden!

Happy to share that the REP subcommittee secured a container garden plot by Burnside Building. We felt a campus garden would be a great way for our members to stay connected over the summer.

Here are a few photos of our gardening day! (click photos to enlarge)

Monica purchased our transplants from Mac Market.  Fingers crossed that our tomato, cucumber, and pepper plants bring us a wonderful bounty to share.

We have some lettuce growing – we hope to host a committee salad lunch in the weeks to come!

Special thanks to Adrienne’s partner, David, for joining us.

Stay tuned for more updates!

QTBIPOC Excellence at Fierte Montreal 2017

Mark your calendars! On August 14, 2017 at 21h00 at Parc des Faubourgs, Fierté Montreal presents Excellence, an evening of QTBIPOC (Queer and/or Trans Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) artists showcasing their talents. It will be hosted by Toronto-based rights activist Tasheka Lavann, and Kama La Mackerel, founder and host of Montreal’s Gender B(l)ender.

Admission is free and there are priority entrances for persons needing wheelchair access.

Universities must create diversity plan or lose research money (by Mia Rabson from the Canadian Press)

Do you feel that University authorities/administration is doing enough to carve spaces for marginalized communities? When you walk into classrooms, what bodies tend to be the ones lecturing, publishing, being lauded for their academic achievements? What is the importance of representation beyond just filling “quotas”? Full participation or token presence?

The Subcommittee on Racialized and Ethnic Persons ask these questions of ourselves and of the networks of governance with whom we engage.

Mia Rabson from the Canadian Press reports on the latest from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s latest decision: Universities must create diversity plan or lose research money: minister

 

Current Events – April 2017

A couple of news stories of concern from the CBC.

Visa refusal may keep McGill student apart from mother on graduation day (CBC News)

‘Racialized international students’ targeted by Quebec government language probe, group says (CBC News)

 

For more information on the Centre for Research Action on Race Relations, click on link below for their website:

CRARR

« Older Entries
Blog authors are solely responsible for the content of the blogs listed in the directory. Neither the content of these blogs, nor the links to other web sites, are screened, approved, reviewed or endorsed by McGill University. The text and other material on these blogs are the opinion of the specific author and are not statements of advice, opinion, or information of McGill.