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Day 1 | Thursday May 9, 2024

Federation Hall
University of Waterloo

200 University Ave W, Waterloo, Ontario

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7:30 a.m. | Registration for Business Meeting attendees


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Business Meeting

The business meeting is open to Partner Institution Executive Heads, Chief Academic Officers and Institutional EDI Leads


11:00 a.m. | Registration


12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Lunch and Keynote Presentation

Blackness and Belonging in the Academy

Headshot of Dr. Deborah Thompson

Dr. Debra Thompson

Associate Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Racial Inequality in Democratic Societies at McGill University


1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Session 1

B(l)ack to the Future: Mobilizing Community in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region and Lessons Learned


2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Break


2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Session 2

Anti-Black Racism Work in Universities: Accountability, Evaluation, and Outcomes


3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Break


3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Session 3

Black in STEM


4:30 p.m. | Close


6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Building Black Connections Community Expo

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex - Community Pavilion

101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo

Come ready to support local, immerse yourself in culture, and learn holistically about the Black community in the Kitchener - Waterloo region.

Hosted in partnership with the City of Waterloo

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Day 2 | Friday May 10, 2024

Lazaridis Hall
Wilfrid Laurier University

64 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON

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8:30 a.m. | Registration


9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. | Welcoming address


9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Session 4

Black Experiences in Higher Education


10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Break 


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Session 5

Affinity Spaces

Participants will meet with colleagues in similar roles to exchange experiences and ideas on how their institutions can advance their work to address anti-Black racism

Student Affinity Space

Moderated by:

Gilene Graham
Yasmine Wallace

Faculty Affinity Space

Moderated by:

Dr. Laura Mae Lindo

Staff Affinity Space

Moderated by:

Jermal Jones

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch & Performances


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Session 6

Black Studies Panel

Paul Ugor

Moderated by: Paul Ugor

Mel Katsivo

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Break


2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Session 7

Practicing Black Joy


3:15 p.m. | Forum concludes