Excellent way to start the New Year!

On CBC’s The Current this morning doctoral students Huda Hassan (University of Toronot) and Sam Tecle (York University) and Professor Malinda Smith (University of Alberta) gave excellent interviews about the experiences of Black scholars and the persistent, pervasive racialized inequity in Canadian universities.

Please read the article and listen to the full segment here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-january-16-2017-1.3934687/black-phd-students-call-out-racism-in-canadian-academia-1.3934776

Professor Smith is one of the co-authors of the critical forthcoming book The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities.

From the publisher’s website:

This book is the first comprehensive, data-based study of racialized and Indigenous faculty members’ experiences in Canadian universities. The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are promoted and racism doesn’t exist. In reality, the university still excludes many people and is a site of racialization that is subtle, complex, and sophisticated. While some studies do point to the persistence of systemic barriers to equity in higher education, in-depth analyses of racism, racialization, and Indigeneity in the academy are more notable for excluding racialized and Indigenous professors.

Challenging the myth of equity in higher education, this book brings together leading scholars who scrutinize what universities have done and question the effectiveness of their equity programs. The authors draw on a rich body of survey data and interviews to examine the experiences of racialized faculty members across Canada who – despite diversity initiatives in their respective institutions – have yet to see changes in everyday working conditions. They also make important recommendations as to how universities can address racialization and fulfill the promise of equity in higher education.

A landmark study on racism in Canadian universities, The Equity Myth shows how the goal of achieving equity in higher education has been consistently promised, but never realized for racialized and Indigenous faculty members. It also shows that policies and diversity initiatives undertaken so far have only served to deflect criticism of a system that is doing little to change itself.


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