Christopher Stuart Taylor, associate vice-president, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism
Dr. Taylor is an assistant professor in the Department of History and in the Arts First program. His scholarship includes race and racism, Black Canadian history, Caribbean history, Slavery in the Americas, and Black identity. Previous administrative roles at Waterloo include serving as the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Advisor for the University’s Equity Office, and acting as the Faculty of Arts’ Black Equity Strategist & Anti-Racism Advisor.
Clive Forrester, continuing lecturer, English Language and Literature
Dr. Forrester is an expert in forensic linguistics, which combines aspects of the law with linguistic theory. His research includes courtroom discourse analysis, Creole linguistics, the relationship between language, gender and sex, and language advocacy/policy. A recent study examined Jamaican Creole speaking witnesses in Ontario courtrooms and how linguistic analysis can be used to resolve and/or clarify some of these issues.
Dr. Bruce-Lockhart's research critically analyzes the global history of prisons and detention camps, connecting this to contemporary discussions about decolonization and prison abolition. Much of her work is in the field of African History, with a specific focus on Uganda and Kenya. She is part of the Department of History's Anti-Racism Taskforce and is honoured to work with this planning team and the wider community as we celebrate and learn about Black History all year long.
Nancy Eleanor Reeves, interim director, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism
Nancy Reeves is a native from West Africa, Liberia and came to Canada as a war refugee in 2000. She has wealth of experience as a college professor, social worker, clinical therapist, and human rights advocate. Her research, teaching and training cover areas such as diversity, cultural sensitivity, anti-oppressive practice, anti- and post-colonial theories, and race relations. She is completing a PhD in Social Work Education focused on the trauma of war and its implication for social work education and practice.
Jermal Jones, manager, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism
I am happy to bring meaningful conversations about Black History to UWaterloo, especially as one of the principles we value at the EDI-R office is collective impact. We all are responsible for celebrating Black History Month. I hope this event brings awareness that Black excellence is not an exception, especially as we welcome ten tenure-track/tenured academics through the Black Excellence hires.
Janessa Good, events and engagement coordinator, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism
Janessa Good supports the coordination of all annual and special events for the EDI-R Office, Indigenous Relations Office and the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office. She looks forward to celebrating Black History Month with the Waterloo community through the events and resources the planning team has curated.
Wendy Philpott, communication manager, Faculty of Arts
Wendy Philpott has worked with the Faculty of Arts since 2007 and is dedicated to sharing and promoting the research, learning, and positive impacts of its faculty, students, and alumni. She is honoured to work with Indigenous and Black campus members as an ally and collaborator on a range of initiatives.
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Special thanks to Danielle Robichaud, Digital Archivist, Special Collections & Archives.