In an effort to deepen our understanding about racism, the University of Waterloo is hosting a panel discussion that explores the effects of racism on health and well-being.

“We value human diversity and endeavour to foster an equitable living and learning community at Waterloo,” says Director of Equity Mahejabeen Ebrahim. “We all have a role to play in eliminating racism from our communities so that it doesn’t continue to diminish us.”

All students, staff and faculty are welcome to register for the Panel on Racism and Mental Health. The event will be held on Tuesday January 17 at the Institute for Quantum Computing. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The panelists include:

Dr. Kwame McKenzie

  • Dr. Kwame McKenzie is CEO of the Wellesley Institute, working in research and policy to improve health and health equity in the Greater Toronto Area. Dr. McKenzie is an international expert on the social causes of illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems, with 200 academic publications to his name including five books.

Patrick Case

  • Patrick Case is the Chair of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. Case is a professor at the University of Guelph in the department of Political Science as well as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, teaching human rights and Charter related courses.

Sherene Razack

  • Sherene Razack is a Distinguished Professor and the Penny Kanner endowed chair in Women’s Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Razack is the founder of the virtual research and teaching network Racial Violence Hub (RVHub).

University of Waterloo’s Equity Office will be hosting the event in collaboration with campus partners and Wilfrid Laurier University Diversity and Equity Office.

This unique discussion of racism in relation to its consequence on mental health and well-being presents new opportunities to address this important issue and its impact on members of the University community, added Ebrahim.