In November, Kristina Llewellyn, as the Renison University College and University of Waterloo representative on the project, joined other academics at the University of Ottawa for the launch of the Réseau de Savoir sur l’Équité / Equity Knowledge Network (RSEKN).
According to Network Coordinator Noor El-Husseini, RSEKN “is a bilingual province-wide knowledge network that seeks to create, support, and mobilize educational resources that promise to challenge and disrupt the current systemic barriers, discrimination, and inequities that several marginalized communities continue to experience at school.”
Supported by a $1 million grant from Ontario’s Ministry of Education, this new network will help to enable communities of practice (CoPs), bringing together researchers, teachers, administrators, and policy makers, among others, to further the cause of diversity, equity and inclusive education. These CoPs will include priority areas such as: anti-racist education, refugee and newcomer education, inclusive education for students with disabilities, gender and sexuality education, and minority language education in pluralist contexts.
Renison, in partnership with the University of Waterloo, was one of only eight founding Canadian post-secondary institutions of this network.