The Faculty of Arts acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our actions toward reconciliation take place through our research, teaching, learning, and community events, with guidance from the University’s Indigenous Initiatives Office.
We are delighted to announce that Denise Balkissoon and Kevin Sutton have just been appointed as Jarislowsky Fellows for the Global Engagement Seminar 2021 course: Pandemic. They will offer mentorship and expertise as students develop their final projects.
Denise Balkissoon is executive editor at Chatelaine, Canada's 93-year-old women's magazine. Prior to that, she was a columnist and editor at the Globe and Mail, where she also co-hosted the award-winning podcast Colour Code. Over her two decades as a journalist, she has written for or appeared on CBC, CTV, BBC, Toronto Life and the Toronto Star, among others, and from 2011 to 2018, she was co-founder and publisher of The Ethnic Aisle, a groundbreaking digital publication about race and ethnicity in Canada. Her commitment to anti-racism and diversity in journalism has been recognized by awards from the Association of Ontario Midwives and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations.
Kevin Sutton is a writer, spoken word performance artist, workshop facilitator, communications professional, and community organizer. He is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Guelph, and hosts The Great Pause on CFRU 93.3. His work with at-risk youth has led him to diversity, equity, and inclusion work helping organizations nurture supportive professional environments where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. He does sessions in supportive professional practice through his business Threshold: Thriving with Change. He is also a partner in Second Wind Solutions, which is dedicated to reimagining our systems of community care, services and emergency response.
Spots remain available for students in the course!
We very much look forward to the seminar beginning January 11th and welcome more students to enroll—spots are available for third-and fourth-year undergraduates from all Waterloo faculties and colleges. ARTS 490 will be delivered asynchronously primarily by course instructors by Dr. Shannon Majowicz and Dr. Shana MacDonald. The final grade will be evaluated as Credit/No Credit (CR/NCR). Students do not need special permission to add ARTS 490 to their winter course schedule.
Join our team of experts and mentors to investigate multiple perspectives on the pandemic—a global challenge that could not be more timely and relevant.