CED Talks

CED Talks are a series of public discussions that are put up as part of Community Engagement Day (CED). Though all CED projects are open to the general public, CED Talks has traditionally been especially well attended by members of the larger Montréal community, not simply McGill associates. CED 2017 will take place on and around Thursday, September 28th at locations both on and off campus.

This year’s line up of CED Talks cover a strong variety of pertinent and important issues. For detailed descriptions, please check out the Projects page on our website here. 




Respectability Politics & Communication (register here!)

Respectability politics is “generally defined as what happens when minority and/or marginalized groups are told (or teach themselves) that in order to receive better treatment from the group in power, they must behave better.” — Damon Young

Shanice Nicole and Malek Yalaoui will present their thoughts and opinions on respectability politics and its effect on communication in our daily lives. We will then open the discussion up to the participants.

About the speakers:

Shanice Nicole is a Black feminist spoken word poet, writer and educator. She discovered poetry in the summer of 2015 and now uses it as a form of healing and dreaming of social justice and change. Her writing explores themes of feminism, race, sexuality, and mental health, and together acts as a stage for the exploration of her Black womanhood. 

An alumna of McGill University, Malek Yalaoui is a force to be reckoned with. Born in North Africa but bred in the American midwest, Malek’s work is all about reconciling her multiple, intersecting identities as she moves towards wholeness. A queer femme of color and adult survivor of child abuse living with long-term depression, the sole purpose of Malek’s work is to heal herself and her community. Malek believes in the power of representation to lift up communities and uses social and independent media to highlight both her own voice and the voices of other women of color. Current and developing projects include a weekly podcast (Chai Chats); a soon-to-premiere web series; and a memoir entitled "Too Much.”

Time: 16:00 – 17:30

Location: Room 108 in the University Centre (William Shatner Building)


Addressing Sexual Violence and Power Dynamics in a University Setting (register here!)

In collaboration with Consent Week, SSMU Equity and CED bring you a panel to examine how sexual violence and power dynamics operate in a university context. Join us for a moderated conversation with students, professors, and union representatives who will offer their unique perspectives on the challenges and complexities of addressing and responding to rape culture on campus, with a focus on the abuse of power and authority in relation to sexual violence.

From academic supervision, staff-employer relations to student mentorship and faculty tenure procedures, community members and survivors are positioned in the university in different and often isolating ways that can severely impact one’s ability to seek support, and speak out against the power dynamics of sexual violence on campus. A question and answer period will follow to encourage audience participation and reflection on how new lines of solidarity can be built across students, faculty and staff to address existing barriers and demand change at McGill.



Accessibility Information:

Participants are welcome to engage in active discussion, or engage via active listening if they do not feel comfortable participating in other means. This workshop will be facilitated in English with ASL interpretation and whisper translation available upon request. Please contact the Program Coordinator with requests at least 3 days before the date of the event. If you need public transit tickets to attend, contact the Program Coordinator as well.

The University Centre (William Shatner Building) is wheelchair accessible, including automatic doors, bathrooms, and elevators. There is a gender-neutral bathroom located on the 4th floor.

Accessibility information about the McConnell Engineering Building: TBA



What is Community Engagement Day?

Community Engagement Day (CED) is an annual event hosted by McGill’s Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office. Learn more about CED from our video (closed captions are available). Our website also provides more information on CED, as well as extensive resources on various issues relevant for CED.

For comments, questions, or concerns, please contact our Program Coordinator at ced.sede [at] mcgill.ca OR our Communications Coordinator at promo.sede [at] mcgill.ca.

Land Acknowledgment

Map of Montreal

McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’keha:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’keha:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.* 

Recognizing the history of where you stand is important, and becoming increasingly common practice when hosting events and activities across Canada.

Here are a few tips to remember if you want to make a land acknowledgment before a class presentation, in a written document, or when hosting an event. 


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