February 21, 2018 - McGill University, Faculty Club
In continuance of the celebration of Black History Month, the LLDRL organized a special lecture with Professor Malinda S. Smith. During this lecture, Professor Malinda Smith led an urgently important discussion on the dire state of equity in Canadian universities, a discussion which emerges from her pivotal co-authored book The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity in Canadian Universities (UBC Press 2017). Professor Smith spoke frankly about equity and anti-racism and called for an "equity reality check" in Canadian Universities - that is, the enactment of equity policies which are concerned with intersectionality, racial literacy, the diversification of leadership, and the decolonization of the academy.
Dr. Malinda Smith is a 2018 Trudeau Foundation Fellow and Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, where she teaches in the fields of international relations, comparative politics, and gender and politics. Her current scholarship explores questions of equity and antiracism in higher education, the coloniality of knowledge and decolonizing the curriculum, and nuances of blackness in the academy. Over the past two decades Dr. Smith has worked to advance equity in higher education as Vice President Equity Issues for the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, on CAUT’s Racialized Academic Staff Working Group, and as the Faculty Association’s Equity Advisor.
This event was made possible thanks to the generous contributions of the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development, the Henderson Fund of the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal and McGill University's Faculty of Law, as well as the support of our partners, the SEDE Office, the McGill Senate Subcommittee on Racialized and Ethnic Persons, the Black Law Students Association, the Women of Colour Collective, and the Indigenous Law Association of the McGill Faculty of Law.
This event was one of four impactful Black History Month events organized and co-sponsored by the LLDRL and Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development. A recap of these events is available here.