CFR Co-Sponsored Event: 2 Years Later, at York U: Responses to the Equity Myth

November 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
York University, Ross South 802
4700 Keele St
Julia Pyryeskina

The Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) and the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) are pleased to present:

2 Years Later, at York U: Responses to The Equity Myth

Wednesday, November 13th, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Ross South 802, York University


Dr. Frances Henry, FRSC and Professor Emerita, Anthropology
Dr. Carl James, FRSC and Professor, Education and Sociology
Dr. Ena Dua, Interim Director of the Centre for Feminist Research and Associate Professor, Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies
Discussant: Dr. Shirin Shahrokni, Department of Sociology, Glendon

The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are promoted and racism doesn’t exist. A landmark study on racism in Canadian universities, published in 2017, draws on a rich body of survey data and interviews to examine the everyday workplace experiences of racialized and Indigenous faculty members across Canada, and reveals that the policies and diversity initiatives undertaken so far have only served to deflect criticism
of a system that is doing little to change itself. In this panel session, three York authors of The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities will reflect on how their work has mobilized equity efforts at York U and in institutions across Canada. They will reflect on whether and why certain themes, concerns, and questions have garnered response while others have received less engagement. Finally, Frances, Ena, and Carl will consider the work that needs to be done to address racialization and fulfill the promise of equity in higher education.

Dr. Frances Henry, FRSC and Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, is considered to be one of Canada's leading experts in the study of racism and anti-racism. Since the mid-seventies when she published the first study of attitudes towards 'people of colour' she has consistently pioneered research in this field. Notable books include The Equity Myth (co-authored), The Colour of Democracy, and Racism in the University: Demanding Social Justice and Inclusion. Professor Henry is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and is the Canadian
delegate to the Inter-American Network of Academies of Science's 'Women for Science'.

Dr. Carl James, FRSC and Professor, holds the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University, where he is also the Affirmative Action, Equity & Inclusivity Officer. He teaches in the Faculty of Education and the Graduate Program in Sociology. An educational background in sociology, his research interests include examination of how race, ethnicity, gender, class and citizenship intersect and mediate opportunities in education and employment for racialized and marginalized youth.

Dr. Ena Dua is Interim Director of the Centre for Feminist Research, and Associate Professor in School of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies at York University. Her research covers the historical construction of the categories of nation, race, and gender in Canada; immigration processes; women and health; equity and anti-racism policies; and the racialization of masculinity and femininity, globalization, and biodiversity. Her notable publications include: Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought, The Hindu Woman’s Question, Decolonising Anti-Racism, and Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race

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The Global Labour Speaker Series is organized by the Global Labour Research Centre at York University and is co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, Faculty of Education, Department of Equity Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Department of Geography, Social and Political Thought Program, Department of Philosophy, Department of History, Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law program, Department of Politics, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Department of Social Science.