ConversAction: race matters, 2019 conference

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New: the Conversaction Anti-Racism Summit Report is now available. Read the report (PDF)

On November 7 & 8, 2019, Renison welcomed delegates from nearly 25 universities and 1 college from across Canada to talk about anti-racism efforts in Canadian post-secondary institutions. The energy was high over the two day conference, which aimed to create momentum to build a national Anti-Racism Task Force as a resource for institutions. 

The conference opened with a smudging ceremony performed by Amy Smoke and Lori Campbell, followed by opening remarks from Dr. James Rush the University of Waterloo's Vice-President Academic & Provost, Dr. Wendy Fletcher, President of Renison, and Dr. Kofi Campbell, VP Academic of Renison. Guest speakers and facilitators over the two days included Dr. Malinda Smith (keynote speaker), Dr. Laura Mae Lindo, Patrick Case, Dr. Sobia Shaikh, Lori Campbell, Dr. Kathy Hogarth, Victoria Rodney, Fiqir Worku, Dr. Christopher Taylor, and Dr. Ciann Wilson. 

For information about each speaker, please visit our speaker page.​​​​​​

Over two days, participants explored the subject of equity on campus. From data collection and systemic issues that promote racism on campus, to students sharing personal experiences, the conference took a look at how racism is being handled on campuses nationwide. For more details on the content of both days, check out #ConversAction on Twitter. 

To see the schedule of the conference, please download the final version of the agenda (PDF) 

If you have any questions about the conference or its goals, please contact Ally Vonk

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Participating Institutions:
  • Brandon University
  • Brock University
  • Capilano University
  • Concordia University
  • Humber College
  • Huron University College
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Laurentian University
  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Queen’s University
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • Trent University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of New Brunswick
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • University of Waterloo (co-host)
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University