Being Black @McGill is a five-part workshop series designed to create a safe environment where Black students at McGill can discuss their experience of race and how the institution impacts them.
Students will have the opportunity to unpack identity and socialization. They can share their narratives, while learning both about themselves, and the impact racism and discrimination can have on their mental health. Students will discuss the barriers they face and that factors that have either hindered or bolstered their experiences. Finally, they will discuss how they can create spaces of resistance and resilience for themselves.
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The content development for this series was led by Khan Bouba-Dalambaye, M.A., in collaboration with Teaching and Learning Services (TLS), Our Shared Spaces, and Student Services. You can read more about Mr. Bouba-Dalambaye's expertise in the Facilitator section below.
|Session One: Who We Are||The first session of the workshop looks to establish a sense of community between the participants and the facilitators. Both parties work together to set rules and expectations for the workshop, create a safe and comfortable environment for all, and talk about the reasons why they are in the workshop. Participants learn about the workshop, each other, and themselves.
Defining My Blackness
How Others Define My Blackness
|Friday February 5th, 1 - 3pm|
|Session Two: Roots||The second session creates the space for each participant to share their life narrative with their group. The topics covered look at the participants’ life from childhood, up until their arrival at McGill university. Participants will share how their earliest memories of learning about and experiencing racism, along with the environments they grew up in, shaed who they are. The session ends with a discussion about what brought the group to McGill.||Experiences
Relationship with Authority
Racism as Trauma
|Friday February 12th, 1 - 3pm|
|Session Three: A Story Untold||The third session dives into what life is like for the group, as Black students, at McGill university. The session will explore how race has affected the way in which the group exists at McGill, relative to both their feelings and perception, as well as how they are seen and treated. Participants will discuss how their time at McGill has affected them during their time at the university.||The Need to Fit In
The Importance of Feeling Connected and Safe
Do I Belong?
|Friday February 26th, 1 - 3pm|
|Session Four: Staying Afloat||This session looks at the steps taken by group members to engage in self-care. Participants will be asked to talk about the availability of appropriate resources, and the lack thereof, as well as the coping strategies they use as they strive to succeed at the university. Participants will also speak about support within the Black student community, and the existence of allies against anti-black racism.||What it Means to Have a Voice
Being Heard at School and In General
Who Do You Need to Listen?
Risks of Being Silenced
|Friday March 12th, 1 - 3pm|
|Session Five: A New Day||The final session focuses the attention of the group towards the future. Participants will be asked to share their views on the efforts made by the university to create an inclusive environment for the Black community at McGill, and what else they feel needs to be addressed.||Effective Communication
Creating Change vs. Reacting
What Needs to Change?
|Friday March 19th, 1 - 3pm|
Khan Bouba-Dalambaye, M.A.
Khan Bouba-Dalambaye is McGill alumni, having completed both a Bachelor's and Master's degree (Counselling Psychology). He has just under a decade's worth of experience working as both a clinical counsellor, and high school guidance counsellor, here in Montreal. Khan has also recently emerged as one of the city's leading experts in the area of EDI. He is happy to be working with McGill to help design and implement the university’s Anti-Black Racism Action Plan.
Similoluwa Adenike Ayoola
Similoluwa Ayoola is a second year Master’s student in the Faculty of Law. She is currently researching legal issues concerning food security and the ongoing health and climate crises. She works as a Student Skills Assistant with the TLS at McGill.
Shaquiera Hamilton is a 4th year student studying International Development with a double minor Psychology and GSFS (Gender, Sexuality, Feminism, Social Justice). Her interests include, spending time in nature, eating good food and promoting positive representation and empowerment within her Black community. She has been facilitating student workshops for over 3 years now for multiple McGill clubs and student groups. She is very excited to help facilitate these upcoming workshops and further engage with McGill's Black community.
Vanessa Richardson is a U1 undergraduate student at McGill University. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts degree with an Honours in Philosophy and Double Minor in Cognitive Science and Canadian Studies. Vanessa works as a Student Skills Assistant at Teaching and Learning Services. She has facilitated workshops such as Introduction to Anti-Racism, Introduction to Anti-Oppression and Fostering Inclusive Communities.
As this is a workshop series designed to foster community, and relies on shared (virtual) space and vulnerability, registration is for the complete five-part series. If you cannot commit to all five workshops at this time, beingblack [at] mcgill.ca (email us) to discuss. Additionally, if you would like to participate, but are not available on the listed dates click here to keep abreast of future programming.