Advocacy and activism can be exhausting but it’s less soul-searing than the systemic racism endured every day by Canadians who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.
Western shone an unblinking spotlight on the scourge of racism and the shadows of colonialism.
As they work to embed equity, diversity and inclusion principles into institutional structure, Western’s first anti-racism advisors are asking the campus community to join them in their journey.
Dr. Nicole Kaniki and Dr. Bertha Garcia will help Western lay the foundation for a sustained strategy to combat racism on campus.
Western will create a new leadership role and an advisory council that will guide university-wide efforts to develop a sustained strategy for tackling racism on campus and in the world.
The campus community will have an opportunity to offer input into the university’s anti-racism efforts as part of a series of listening sessions scheduled for next month.
The university’s anti-racism working group is expected to begin its meeting this month as it works to identify policy gaps and to counter racism on campus, members of Western’s Board of Governors were told Thursday.
A working group exploring race relations across campus will begin its work in December with the aim of issuing a report on its findings in early March, Western officials announced.
In the wake of recent incidents over the past week, Western’s President is launching a working group to better understand and target issues of racism on campus.