2. Partnership Within Institutions

2.1 Responsibilities of non-Black Peers and Supervisors

2.1.1 Educating for effective non-Black partnership and support

Participants recognized that efforts in support of meaningful change in the post-secondary sector should not be the sole responsibility of Black colleagues. Non-Black peers share the responsibility to address the continued presence of anti-Black racism and systemic oppression within the institution. The discussion focused on the duties and obligations of non-Black peers and leaders to facilitate supportive environments; to promote equitable practices; and to actively, intentionally and appropriately foster inclusion for Black students, staff and faculty. The work of addressing anti-Black racism is political, collective, individual, challenging and continual. Non-Black peers should acknowledge the socio-political and historical contexts that contribute to Black exclusion and recognize that removing those barriers is imperative for positive change.

Many participants shared experiences and best practices about moving from “intention” to “action,” developing the skills necessary to challenge anti-Black racism wherever it appears, and being an effective partner for Black inclusion. Perspectives centred on non-Black peers and supervisors educating themselves, to reduce their dependence on the knowledge and experience of their Black colleagues. The development of widespread education about how to dismantle systems that contribute to anti-Black racism and exclusion (e.g., institutional racism, white supremacy, unconscious bias) is essential in shifting the post-secondary environment for students, staff and faculty.

2.1.2 Keeping “allyship” accountable

Participants noted that allies are not always authentic supporters of Black voices. They pointed out that allies must continue to make space for Black voices in decision-making processes that directly impact Black communities. The creation of a national working group to routinely revisit the proposed actions from the National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities would create an added measure of accountability and allyship.


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