Navigating spaces that aren’t meant for you

In the latest edition of University Affairs, graduate student Jasmeet Bahia provides an insightful perspective on the life of a racialized person navigating the complicated spaces of academia. It is unfortunate that so many of us will be able to relate to the experiences illustrated in this opinion piece. Systemic racism does not stop at the Roddick Gates and shield us from the toxic soup of unconscious bias or conscious bigotry. Unfortunately, the boundaries of our institutions are fully permeable. This means both the best and the worst can find their way in.

You can read the full opinion piece here.

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.


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